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Brîndus, Nicolae

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Brîndus, Nicolae, Romanian composer, pianist, writer on music, and teacher; b. Bucharest, April 16, 1935. He studied piano (1952–57) and composition (1960–64) at the Bucharest Univ. of Music, and then attended intermittent summer courses in new music in Darmstadt (1969–80). Later he worked at IRCAM in Paris (1985). After serving as pianist of the Ploiesti Phil. (1960–69), he taught chamber music at the Bucharest Univ. of Music (1969–81). In 1981 he became an ed. of the journal Musica . He also was a prof, of chamber music at the Bucharest Cons, from 1992. From 1993 he lectured on contemporary music in N.Y., Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Northampton, Reno, Hong Kong, Israel, China et al. After serving on the executive committee of the ISCM (1991–93), he was president of its Romanian section (from 1994). He publ, the theoretical vol. Interferente (Interrelations; Bucharest, 1984). Among his honors are the prizes of the Romanian Composers and Musicologists Union (1974), the Romanian Radio and TV (1975, 1977), and the Romanian Academy (1977). In his compositions, Brîndus, has explored the utilization of modal and serial elements, improvisation, and electronics. He is also a leading advocate of the syncretic form known as instrumental theater.

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