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.
Prizes and awards
- 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).
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
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)
- Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1995), The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers, Mcmillan
- Doina Rotaru, retrieved 30 January 2013
- Artistic biography and list of works
- Biographical sketch and list of works at The Living Composers Project.
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