Doina Rotaru

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Doina Rotaru (born 14 September 1951, Bucharest) is a Romanian composer best known for orchestral and chamber works.


Marilena Doinița Rotaru was born in Bucharest and studied with Tiberiu Olah at the Bucharest Conservatory in Bucharest from 1970-1975. In 1991, she continued her studies with Theo Loevendie in Amsterdam. In 1991 she also took a position as a professor at the National University of Music, and has served several times as a guest lecturer in Darmstadt, Germany and the Gaudeamus Composers Workshop in Amsterdam. Her music has been commissioned and performed internationally in Europe, Asia and the Americas. She is a member of the Romanian Composers Union.[1]

In 1986, Rotaru published an article with Liviu Comes on the counterpoint techniques of Johann Sebastian Bach and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina in Editura Muzicala.

Prizes and awards[edit]

  • Seven prizes from the Romanian Composers Union (1981, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2001)
  • Prize of the Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences (1986)
  • First Prize in the GEDOK Competition in Mannheim (1994, for Symphony II).

Selected works[edit]

Besides orchestral and chamber works, Rotaru also composers choral and instructional pieces. Selected works include:

  • Concerto for clarinet and orchestra, 1984
  • Symphony I for large orchestra, 1985
  • Métabole II for clarinet and orchestra, 2001
  • Sonata for cello, 1978
  • String Quartet No. 1, 1981
  • Trias for mezzo-soprano, flute, piano, 1999
  • The Crossroads of the Poppies for piano, 1980
  • Sonatina for piano 1981[2]

A number of recordings of Rotaru's music are available, including:

  • Symphony II. Ludovic Bács/Radio Bucharest Orchestra (Editura Muzicala: EM 007)
  • Over time. Yoshikazu Iwamoto, shakuhachi; Pierre-Yves Artaud, bass flute (Editura Muzicala: EM 1002)
  • Concerto, ‘Seven Levels to the Sky’. Daniel Kientzy, saxophones; Emil Simon/Cluj-Napoca Philharmonic (Nova Musica: NMCD 5105)


  1. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1995), The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers, Macmillan
  2. ^ Doina Rotaru, retrieved 30 January 2013

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