Cornel Țăranu

Piano + Visiting Composer

Romanian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, and vocal works that have been performed throughout Europe; he is also active as a conductor.

Prof. Țăranu studied composition with Sigismund Toduță at the Academia de Muzică Gheorghe Dima in Cluj-Napoca from 1951-57, where he later earned his DMus in musicology in 1974. He also studied analysis with Nadia Boulanger and Olivier Messiaen at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 1966-67 and attended the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt in 1968-69 and 1972, where he studied analysis with György Ligeti, conducting with Bruno Maderna, and percussion with Christoph Caskel.

Among his honours are five prizes from the Uniunea Compozitorilor și Muzicologilor din România in Bucharest (1972, 1978, 1981, 1982, 2001) and the Koussevitzky International Critics Award (1982, for a recording of Garlands). He has been a member of the Academia Română in Bucharest since 1993 and was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France in 2002.

He is also active in other positions. He founded the ensemble Ars Nova in Cluj-Napoca in 1968 and has served as its artistic director and conductor since 1968. He has served as the vice president of the Uniunea Compozitorilor și Muzicologilor din România since 1990 and as director of the festival Cluj Modern in Cluj-Napoca since 1995. His writings include the book Enescu in conștiința prezentului (1969, Editura pentru Literatură; French translation as Enesco dans la conscience du présent, 1981, Editura Științifică și Enciclopedică).

He has taught at the Academia de Muzică Gheorghe Dima since 1957, where he was an assistant professor from 1970-90 and where he has been Professor of Composition since 1990. He has given lectures in Germany, Israel, Switzerland, and the USA.

His primary publishers are Éditions Alphonse Leduc, Éditions Durand-Salabert-Eschig, and Editura Muzicală.