“I love to paint sounds” V. R. B.

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Biography

Vlad Răzvan Baciu is a prolific composer, whose portfolio includes more than 100 orchestral works, choral works, operas, and chamber music pieces. Baciu has been awarded multiple musical composition scholarships in Romania, Germany, Netherlands, Estonia, Greece, and Bulgaria, and has participated in several prestigious European Union competitions, receiving numerous awards and prizes. In 2020, he was invited to reside at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Studies) in Delmenhorst, Germany as Artist-in-Residence where he composed the “Candle of the Soul” opera. And in 2021, he received the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to conduct a research on the American Contemporary Music and compose chamber and symphonic works at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music.

Baciu’s original compositions have been recognized in his home country of Romania, as well as throughout the European Union. His composition, “The Cry of the Kogaionon”, a symphonic dirge for big band and symphonic orchestra, written in memory of King Michael I of Romania, won first prize at the “Carl von Ossietzky” Competition in Germany in 2018.  His work “Carmine“, composed for symphonic chamber orchestra, has been included in the Romanian National Radio Archives. He was also invited to compose “The Hymn of The Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies“.

Baciu is also an accomplished conductor, having conducted the National Symphonic Orchestra of the Teleradio-Moldova Company – Kishinev, The Orchestra and Big Band of “Carl von Ossietzky” University of Oldenburg in Germany, The Orchestra of The National University of Music in Bucharest, SonoMania Ensemble, HEART-CORE Choir, HEART-CORE Boy’s Choir, as well as the OXIGEN Orchestra, founded by Baciu himself. During the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece, he prepared and conducted the AMADEUS Chamber Choir in a performance broadcast on the BBC. His works have been interpreted by young virtuosos and renowned ensembles, such as: Orchestra of the Bacău Philharmonic, Choir of the Craiova Philharmonic, Astra Choir, Profil Ensemble, SonoMania Ensemble, and Fractales Ensemble, among others.

Baciu received his Ph.D. in Music, specializing in Composition, from the National University of Music Bucharest (NUMB) in 2016. He also holds master’s degrees in Orchestral Conducting (2015) and Classical Composition (2013). At 15, he was admitted to the ”Katerina Maska” Conservatory in Athens, where he studied piano interpretation and graduated with the Άριστα Παμψηφεί distinction. In 2010, Baciu became president of the HEART-CORE Cultural Association, which is involved in various cultural projects, with a special focus on promoting contemporary music.

For more information, please view Curriculum Vitae.

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Composer

The HYMN of The Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies (studio recording)
The HYMN of The Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies (live recording)

 

SOUNDTRACKS

‘The Battle Song’ – soundtrack for an animation by Oana Nechifor, London
Soare Răsare’ – soundtrack for an animation by Oana Nechifor, Romania
‘Seek Freedom’ – soundtrack for a production by Diana Mihăescu and Alexandru Nicola

VOCAL SYMPHONIC

OP.46
Cantata ‘Rise, Romanian!’ for soloists, choir and orchestra
OP.43
Πάτερ ἡμῶν ὁ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς for choir, string orchestra and timpani
OP.23
‘Funeral Poem’ for reciter, organ, choir and orchestra

SYMPHONIC

OP.57
1. “Stained Glass” Symphonic Poem
3. “Time Whipstock” Symphonic Poem
OP.53
KALEIDOSCOPE for symphonic orchestra
OP.48
Symphonic Suite ‘MERKABAH’ for chamber orchestra
OP.42
‘THE CRY OF THE KOGAIONON’ Symphonic Dirge for big band and symphonic orchestra
OP.35
‘ClassicJazzMix in Oldenburg’ for two saxophones and big band
OP.34
Concertant Symphony ‘TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION’ for two clarinets and orchestra
OP.30
CARMIN’ for chamber orchestra
OP.26
Symphony No. 1 ‘EX CINERIBUS RESURGAM’ for symphonic orchestra
OP.20
Piano Concerto No. 1 ‘Playing Cards’

OPERA

OP.21
Chamber Opera ‘Playing Hearts’ for baritone, soprano, mezzo-soprano, violin, clarinet, cello, percussion and piano
OP.55
‘Candle of the Soul’ OPERA 

CHAMBER MUSIC

Op.57
2. String Quartet #3 “Scratches of Memory”
Op.56

HEART, WILL, KNOWLEDGE for violin, accordion and cello
Op.54

1.2 for three percussion players
Op.52
1. IN ROTA – Beethoven 250 for voice, cello and piano 4 hands
2. Rorrim for soprano and baritone
3. SCENT of BEAUTY for mezzo-soprano and piano
Op.51

LACHVERBOT! for 3 violins and cello
Op.49

1. FIAT LUX for flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello and contrabass
2. SATYA II for violin and piano (arrangement on a work with the same name, written by composer Violeta Dinescu)
3. STERNENSTAUB for flute, percussion and piano (work based on the 19th variation of Bach’s “GOLDBERG”
Op.45
‘THE NIGHTMARE OF LIGHT’ for duo celli
Op.44
‘PLEASURE BEAST’ for clarinet, violin, cello and piano
OP.40
OXIGEN’ for soprano, mezzo-soprano and string orchestra
OP.38
BLUT UND WASSER’ for organ and brass quintet
OP.36
‘BREATH’ for organ
OP.37
String Quartet No. 2 ‘THE DREAMING MONSTER’
OP.33
‘Scherzo’ for flute (muta in bass flute and piccolo), clarinet (muta in bass clarinet), percussion, string quartet and piano
OP.32
Graphic Score ‘ESC(APE)’ for violin, clarinet, horn, cello, percussion, public and conductor
OP.31
CAPRICE’ for violin and background acoustics
OP.29
‘SOPHIE’ for oud and cello
OP.28
Graphic Score ‘non-COLORS’ for soprano and piano
OP.27
No 1. ‘Scherzo’ for violin and piano
No 2. ‘Hyperpolarization’ for flute (muta in piccolo and soprano blockflöte) and cello
OP.25
‘PIERCING’ for flute
OP.24
‘Blow the Trumpet, Ring the Bell, Break the Bow’ for cello
OP.20
No 2. ‘Gastronomic Disorder’ for flute and vibraphone
OP.19
No 1. Graphical Score ‘Inadvertentia’ for viola
No 2. ‘The Concentration Camp I was living in’ for viola
No 3. ‘The Anna’s Dead’ for viola
OP.18
No 1. Sonata ‘The Catalepsy of Father Time’ for violin and piano
No 2.’Zoroastrian’ for tuba
OP.17
No 1. Lied Cycle (on my own lyrics) ‘To An White Butterfly’ (1. To An White Butterfly, 2. To The White Butterfly, 3. Like Two White Butterflies) for soprano and piano
No 2. Lied ‘You, Divine Love’ (on my own lyrics) for soprano and piano
OP.16
Score-painting ‘EVIDENCE’ for didgeridoo, clarinet, marimba, bass pan flute, viola and mezzo-soprano
OP.15
String Quartet No. 1 ‘The 8 O’clock Quartet’
OP.14
No 1. Suite ‘The Inevitable Destiny’ (1. Metamorphose, 2. Game, 3. Homo Sapiens, 4. Phoenix) for clarinet, cello and percussion
No 3. ‘With the Hands in the Retina’ for seven violins
OP.11
‘AH1N1’ for piano
OP.9
‘The Transplant of My Cathode Ray Tube’ for flute
OP.8
No 1. ‘4,44(4)’ for piano
No 2. Score-painting ‘X-0’ for piano
OP.7
No 1. Suite No 1 ‘No More Dreams’ for piano
No 2. Suita No 2 ‘CAMEO’ for piano
OP.6
No 1. ‘Mixture’ for violin and piano
No 2. ‘Only the Sky’ for piano
No 3. ‘Plumage’ for soprano, string orchestra and 1 cymbal
No 4. ‘Urban Blight’ for piano
OP.5
No 1. ‘Very Close’ for bassoon and piano
No 2. ‘The Joy of Living’ for piano, choir and orchestra
No 3. ‘Curiosity’ for piano
No 4. ‘Trial’ for clarinet and orchestra
No 5. ‘In The Middle’ for bassoon
OP.4
‘Lord I’d Like’ for piano, choir and orchestra
OP.3
No 1. ‘At Downs’ for piano
No 2. ‘Impressions’ for piano
No 3. ‘You Are the Theme’ for piano
OP.2
‘The Dog and the Cat’ for cello and piano
OP.1
No 1. ‘Love Will Never Die’ for violin, flute and piano
No 2. ‘The Ideal’ for piano
No 3. ‘Contemplation’ for oboe and piano

CHORAL

Op.47
Carol ‘The Holy Unifying Bethlehem’ for choir
OP.41
‘MARA’ for choir
OP.39
‘Părul ofilit’ for child soloist, children’s choir, hand-bells and piano (on my own lyrics)
OP.36
No 1. ‘The Girls of Vișaua’ for choir
No 2. ‘Leave, swallows’ for choir
OP.23
No 2. ‘Înaripare’ (‘Wing growing’) for choir
OP.14
No 2. ‘Ascensio per tonos – ante crucem’ for 12 voices
OP.13
‘Caroling’ for choir

ELECTRO

OP.22
‘I Want My Weekend Back’ techno-trance
OP.12
No 1. ‘Bird Hunters’ for pantomime actor
No 2. ‘I can hear you…’ for reciter and pantomime actor
OP.10
Concept, production, music, scenography and scenes for the theater play ‘ALTER’

Panel 3

Conductor

SYMPHONIC
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Symphony No 35, in D Major – ‘Haffner’
Symphony No 31, in D Major – ‘Paris’
Symphony No 38, in D Major – ‘Praga’
Symphony No 41, in C Major – ‘Jupiter’

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Symphony No 1, in C Major
Symphony No 7, in A Major
Symphony No 8, in F Major

Joseph Haydn:
Symphony No 103, in Eb Major

Franz Liszt:
Symphonic Poem No 3 – ‘Les Preludes’
‘Mephisto Waltz’ No 1

Franz Schubert:
Symphony No 8 in B minor

Edward Grieg:
Suite ‘Holberg’ for string orchestra

Johannes Brahms:
Symphony No 4, in e minor

Serghei Prokofiev:
Symphony No 1, in D Major – ‘Classical’

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:
Symphony No 2, in c minor – ‘Little Russian’

Dmitri Shostakovich:
Symphony No 1, in F Major
Symphony No 9, in Eb Major

Gustav Holst:
Suite ‘Saint Paul’ for string orchestra

Béla Bartók:
Concert for orchestra

George Enescu:
Romanian Rhapsody No 1, in A Major
Romanian Rhapsody No 2, in D Major

Valentin Gheorghiu:
Symphony No 1, in d minor

Dan Dediu:
‘Elegia minacciosa (con Gnossienne-Mandala)’

Vlad-Răzvan Baciu:
‘MERKABAH’ for chamber orchestra
‘Funeral Poem’ for reciter, choir and orchestra
Symphony No 1 – ‘Ex Cinerbus Resurgam’
‘Carmin’ for chamber orchestra
‘Oxygen’ for soprano, mezzo-soprano and string orchestra
‘THE CRY OF THE KOGAIONON’ Symphonic Dirge for big band and symphonic orchestra

SYMPHONIC – ACCOMPANIMENT
Antonio Vivaldi:
‘The Four Seasons’

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi:
‘Stabat mater’

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Piano Concerto No 5, in Eb Major – ‘Emperor’

Antonín Dvořák:
Cello Concerto, in b minor

Edward Elgar:
Cello Concerto, in e minor

Dinu Lipatti:
Piano Concertino (in classical style)

Vlad-Răzvan Baciu:
Piano Concerto No 1 – ‘Playing Cards’
Concertant Symphony for two clarinets and orchestra – ‘Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation’

Lidia Ciubuc:
Piano Concerto – ‘Interferences’

CHAMBER

Fabio Nieder:
‘Der Schuh auf dem Weg zum Saturnio’

Toshio Hosokawa:
‘Drawing’

Hans Zender:
‘Cabaret Voltaire’

Claudio Ambrosini:
‘De vulgari eloquentia’

Vlad-Răzvan Baciu:
‘FIAT LUX’ for flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello and contrabass
‘Blut und Wasser’ pentru cvintet de alamă și orgă

Cătălin Crețu
‘Bird’s-Eye View of Frescobaldi’

Mihai Murariu:
‘Nostalgies’

Elena Apostol:
‘Tango Burlersque’