Ioan Mihai Cochinescu

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Ioan Mihai Cochinescu (Romanian pronunciation: [iˈo̯an miˈhaj kociˈnesku]; born April 16, 1951) is a Romanian novelist and essayist.[1] He is also a film script author and director, an art photographer, teacher, musicologist and composer.


He was born and grew up in Timişoara, Romania.


1970-1974 he studied music (violin, piano and composition) at The National University for Music in Bucharest. His professors included George Balan, Dan Constantinescu, Myriam Marbe, Victor Giuleanu, Emilia Comisel, D.D. Botez, Marin Constantin, Grigore Constantinescu, Dan Buciu, Alexandru Leahu. He was granted the Doctor of Music, (Aesthetics) from this university in 2005. His dissertation was on The Venetian baroque music of Antonio Vivaldi.

He is a teacher of Aesthetics at the Fine Arts and Music High School of Ploieşti (Romania).

Artistic and literary activity[edit]

Self-portrait - 1981

During the 1980s he participated in literary circles of Bucharest, which included the Junimea literary circle, led by the critic Ovidiu S. Crohmălniceanu, the Mondays literary circle headed by professor Nicolae Manolescu, the "Ion Luca Caragiale" and other groups in Ploieşti, Câmpina, Mizil, Pucioasa and Slănic. Many of his colleagues and he fought against the Communist censorship.

He has been published in the magazines "Argeș" (1968), "SLAST" (1986), and "Tribuna" (1987). A volume of short stories (1986 Publishing House "Cartea Romaneasca") the censors removed its narrations.

He participated as an Art photographer from 1982–1986 in a number of international competitions in Romania, France, Brazil and Poland, where he won several awards. His essays, articles and translations have been published in the magazine "Fotografia". He is the creator of The Photoplan - and Photospacial Forms, shown in the galleries for photo art AAF (1983 Bucharest), Sala Dalles (1983 Bucharest) and 1986 in Poland. The first national salon for photographic essays, ESEF in Ploieşti was presented by him in 1986.

Photoplan - and Photospatial Forms, AAF Photo Gallery in Bucharest - 1983


He is a member of the Writers' Union of Romania (1993), Association of the Art Photographers in Romania - AAF (1982), founder and chairman of the Literary Society Ploieşti - SPLP (1990), initial member (1994) and member executive committee (1996) of the Association of Professional Romanian Writers - ASPRO.

Literary and scientific activity[edit]

  • 1991 novel "The Ambassador" (Cartea Românească Publishing House, ISBN 973-23-0252-6)
  • 1993 "Rock and Depeche, the film of a novel" (LiberArt Publishing House, Ploiești)
  • 1996 "Isabella's winter dream" (ISBN 973-576-077-0) and "The island" (RAO Publishing), short narrations of the 1980s
  • 2001 "The Caligraphically Treatise", essay (Noel Computer Publishing House, Ploiești)

The following books are in preparation:

  • "The Sublime" (aesthetic studies 1994)
  • "Alchimie and music" (2005)
  • "The venetian musical baroque" (2005)
  • "Antonio Vivaldi" (2005)


Textures #5 - 1987
  • "The last snowman" (1968)
  • "When the adults play it" (1969)
  • "The house on the hill" (1969)
  • "The city" (1970)
  • "The fish in the water" (1971)
  • "The wedding" (1973)

Literary magazines, broadcast and television[edit]

Literary awards[edit]

For his novel, "The Ambassador"(1991):

Critical evaluations[edit]

Gabriela Adameşteanu, Magdalena Bedrosian, Nicolae Breban, Zoe Dumitrescu-Buşulenga, Călin Căliman, Mircea Cărtărescu, Ov.S.Crohmălniceanu, Constantin Hârlav, Florin Iaru, Ion Bogdan Lefter, Alexandru Leahu, Monica Lovinescu, Fl.Manolescu, Dan C.Mihăilescu, Simona Popescu, Tania Radu, Iosif Sava, Eugen Simion, Octavian Soviany, Elena Ştefoi, Alex.Mihai Stoenescu, Ion Stratan, Cristian Teodorescu, Laurentiu Ulici, Ioan Vieru a.s.o.



  1. ^ "O poveste interzisă". Evenimentul Zilei (in Romanian). 24 June 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2012.


  • Ion Bogdan Lefter, „Romanian Writers of the '80s and '90s, A Concise Dictionary” (Editura Paralele 45, 1999, pag.65);
  • Academia Română, „Dicționarul General al Literaturii Române” (Editura Univers Enciclopedic, București 2004, lit. C/D, pag. 297);
  • Eugen Simion, „Fragmente Critice” (Editura Fundația Scrisul Românesc, 1998, pp. 50–55);

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