Rotaru, Doina


Every composer writes the music that they would like to listen to.   Each composer chooses his/her own solutions and synthesis , according to his/her culture, musical traditions,  preferences,  sensibility ,  musical obsessions.

After all the experiences and all the directions of the XX-th century, I think that it’s  necessary to find again the primordial functions of Music, its power of expression, of emotion.  I like when Music is able to create a spiritual elevation; I like when Music has magic powers, able to disconnect me from everyday life; I like Music as a process, an evolution, with a clear idea which could be followed by everyone; I like the heterophony and I like the circular forms, for exemple  the construction in spiral form –able to create   unity and diversity in the same time

My music has a deep connection with traditional Romanian music, in both aspects: traditional peasant music and Byzantine music. My main preoccupation is to create a special musical world that links the ancient archetypes from the traditional Romanian  songs with the modern languages and techniques.  I am also trying to connect Romanian archaic music with universal traditional patterns. (Doina Rotaru)

DOINA  ROTARU,  composer

Born in 1951 in Bucharest, Romania,  Doina Rotaru has a B.A. and a M.A in composition at the National University of Music in Bucharest. Since 1996 she has been a professor of composition and, between 2008 -2013, the head of the composition department at the same University.

She has written so far over 120 works that cover almost every musical genre:  solo, chamber, orchestral works, music for choir, works that mix instrumental with electronics.

Her music has been performed in many concerts and festivals all over the world: Europe, Far-East, Australia, Canada, North  and South-America. - some of these being "author concerts". Some of Doina Rotaru's works have been commissioned by Radio France, Radio Graz, Suntory Hall Tokyo, French Ministry of Culture, Warsaw Autumne Festival, ensembles and soloists from France, Germany, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Iceland.

Doina Rotaru was awarded a prize by the Romanian Academy (Bucharest,1996) and 11 prizes of the Romanian Composers' Association between 1981 and 2019. For her 2nd Symphony, she’s won in 1994 the first prize at the Gedok - Mannheim International Competition (Germany).

In 1998 and 2009 Doina Rotaru was Artistic Director of “The International New Music Week” Festival in Bucharest.

She was invited as a lecturer about her music in Germany (Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music-1992,1994), Holland (Amsterdam Gaudeamus International Composers’ Workshop- 1990,1992), England ( Huddersfield University 1995, Brighton 1995), Japan (Tokyo Suntory Hall 2001, Akiyoshidai Art Village 2011), Iceland (Skalholt 2006), France (Paris and Lille, 2009), Sweden (Stockholm Royal Academy, 2010), Italy, Poland, Spain.

DOINA ROTARU-works (selection)

  • Legend  for flute, 1984
  • Concerto  for flute(s), 2 percussion players and 13 strings, 1986
  • Concerto for cello and orchestra, 1987
  • Clocks I for clarinet, piano, percussion, 1987 (also version for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 1987)
  • Metamorphosis for bass clarinet, 1987
  • Symphony II for large orchestra , 1988
  • Troïte for clarinet (+ soprano saxophone), piano
    (+ synthesizer), and percussion, 1990
  • Spiralis II-Concerto nr 2 for flute (+ alto fl., bass fl.) and orchestra, 1991
  • Over time for Shakuhachi (D) and bass flute, 1992
  • Cercles magiques-Concerto nr 3 for flute (+ picc., alto fl., bass fl.) and orchestra, 1993
  • Seven Levels to the Sky-Concerto nr 1 for soprano saxophone (+ alto saxophone, baritone saxophone) and orchestra, 1993
  • Noesis for 4 percussion, 1995
  • Florilegium  for flute and flute orchestra, 1996
  • Fum for clarinet, 1996
  • Umbre I for viola and small orchestra (2 percussion players, 15 strings), 1999
  • Concerto for percussion and orchestra, 2000
  • L'Éternel Retour for 8 cellos, 2000
  • Wings of Light for 24 flutes, 2000
  • Symphony III Spirit of Elementsfor large orchestra , 2001
  • Métabole II for clarinet (+ E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet) and orchestra, 2001
  • Dincolofor oboe and percussion, 2002
  • Crystals for flute and piano, 2002
  • 5 Vitralii  for 24 flutes and electronics, 2003  
  • Japanese garden  for bass flute (+piccolo) and electronics, 2006  
  • Masks and Mirrors- Concerto nr. 2 for saxophone(s) and orchestra, 2006
  • Mithya for flute ( doubling  Bass flute), 2007
  • Obsessivo  for saxophone soprano( doubling tenor sax.) , viola and electronics, 2008
  • Clocks III for orchestra, 2010
  • L’Ange avec une seule aile - Concerto nr 5 for flute(s) and orchestra, 2010
  • Salcia for flute and 4 percussion players, 2011
  • Metabole II for 5 clarinets, 2012
  • Fragile for clarinet, string trio and piano. 2014
  • Fragile II for clarinet and orchestra, 2015
  • Ogives for 10 flutes, 2016
  • Il pianto del ghiaccio for 4 flutes, 2016
  • Jyotis for flute , 2017
  • Obsessivo II for flute, recorder, harp and harpsichord, 2018
  • Nymphaea for orchestra, 2019


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