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Orchestral >

  • Solaris for String Orchestra (2007) LISTEN >
  • La, ou la mer rencontre le ciel - Prelude for Orchestra (2006) LISTEN >
  • Poéme Sinfonique for String Orchestra (2005)
  • "D'un monde a l'autre" - Prelude for Orchestra (2004) LISTEN >
  • "Imaginary Letter to Gershwin" for Orchestra (2003)
  • Sinfonietta for String Orchestra (2003) 1st Movement - LISTEN > 2nd Movement - LISTEN > 3rd Movement - LISTEN >
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    2nd Movement  

    3rd Movement  
  • "At home" - Prelude for Orchestra (2003)
  • Imaginary letter to George Enescu, Poem Symphonic for Orchestra (2000)

Mixed Chamber Ensembles >

  • Imaginary Letter to Gershwin for clarinet, piano, and string quartet (2011) 1st Movement - LISTEN > 2nd Movement - LISTEN > 3rd Movement - LISTEN >
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    2nd Movement  

    3rd Movement  
  • Two Dances for piano and violin (2009)
  • Andante and Presto for cello, viola, and bassoon (2008)
  • Allegro for bassoon and piano (2006)
  • Labyrinth - Wind Trio for Flute, Clarinet in B-flat, and Piano (2004)
  • Reflections on James Joyce for Soprano, Clarinet, and Piano (2004)
  • Trio for Flute, clarinet and bassoon (2002)
  • Trio for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet (2000)
  • Three Dances for clarinet and piano (1997)

String Music >

  • String Quartet No. 4 (2007) 1st Movement - LISTEN > 2nd Movement - LISTEN > 3rd Movement - LISTEN >
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    2nd Movement  

    3rd Movement  
  • String Quartet No. 3 (2007) - Commissioned by Dumbarton Concerts, world premiere to be given on February 21, 2009
  • String Quartet No. 2 (2005)
  • String Quartet No.1 (2004)
  • Pavane pour une Inconue , for Violin solo (2003)
  • Sonata for cello and piano (2002)
  • Andantino and Presto for String Quartet (2002)
  • Allegro for string quartet (2001)
  • Three Sketches for viola solo (1998)
  • Theme and 6 Variations for piano and violin (1997)
  • Three little preludes for violin solo (1995)

Piano Music >

  • Theme and Six Variations for piano solo (2007)
  • Grand Prelude de Concert for piano solo (2006)
  • La, ou la Mer Rencontre le Ciel - prelude for piano solo (2005)
  • "D'un Monde a L'autre" - Prelude de Concert for Piano Solo (2004) - Commissioned by Dumbarton Concerts
  • "Imaginary letter to Gershwin" - prelude for piano solo (2002)
  • Grand Prelude for piano solo (2000)
  • Theme and Variations for piano solo (1996)
  • Six Romanian Dances for piano solo (1996)
  • Prelude and Toccatina for two pianos (1995)
  • My Favorite Animals suite for piano solo (1994)
  • Four games for piano solo (1994)

Brass Ensemble >

  • Brass quartet (2003)
  • Moderato and Presto for Brass Quintet (2001)

Choral >

  • Requiem for mixed choir a cappella (2006) LISTEN >
  • Four Songs for children's choir on a text by Jack Prelutsky, (1996)
    • "The Fummawummalummazumms"
    • "Homework! Oh, Homework!"
    • "When I Am Full of Silence"
    • "People..."

Vocal >

  • Four pieces for soprano, piano, and clarinet on a text by Charles Baudelaire (2002)
  • Four Songs for soprano and piano on a text by Christina Rossetti (1999)
  • Volume of 52 Atonal Solfege for solo voice (1998)

philosophy

I began writing music at the age of five years old for a few reasons: I believe first of all because I was trying to get away from piano practice with my mom and second of all because I was extremely fascinated with chords and melodies. My first real composition pieces were written at the age of seven years old on poems written by Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein. Their lyrics like "homework I hate you, you stink," "when I grow up," or "I am the single most wonderful person I know" were conveying quite well with the way I was feeling about my life at that time. I knew no parent wants to hear "I don't like homework," but mine were very happy to hear the same words on a nice, innocent melody.

Before I start to compose a new piece of music, I always had a story behind it. I remember about my first symphony called "Symphonietta for String Orchestra" that I simply dedicated it to September 11, being extremely impressed at that time by the tragic event. I did not like to talk about how scared and worried I was about my country, my family, and my friends at that moment, but I felt like I could express all these feelings well and clear in my music. The Symphonietta was a tremendous success and won first prize in the annual Composition Competition of Juilliard School of Music. Even more, the first world premiere took place in France under the direction of Arie van Beek and was very successful.

I dearly remember about my fourth symphony called "La, ou la mer rencontre le ciel" (There where the ocean meets the sky) that I wrote based on very precise harmonic mathematic calculation. Listening to the music, which seems to be very neo-romantic, nobody can imagine that math is involved in it. I sent the score and my thoughts about the way I wrote this music to a very prestigious competition for science, INTEL, and my music won first prize. I was very happy to prove that music is more than notes on paper. It is science, meditation, and many other things together.

In 2007 I was commissioned to write a requiem for Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church. It was one of the most challenging things I had ever done until that moment. I had to read a lot of religious writings and listen to much Gregorian and Byzantine music, trying to be in the spirit of Orthodox music, but still original. Very unexpectedly, I wrote this requiem in less than six months, maybe because I loved the challenge, and I was quite interested in a new kind of music.

The Fourth Quartet is dedicated to my very best friend Connie Zimmer, Director of Dumbarton Concerts, and three members of the Board of Trustees: Angelo Cicolani, Leah and Stuart Johnson. Throughout my music I tried to convey my thoughts and feelings about the personality of each character. It was not hard for me to do even though I did not use colors like painters or words like writers, because I feel very comfortable expressing myself and my views using the sound. I tried to express throughout the piece my feelings of gratitude and appreciation for this magnificent group of friends, mentors, and supporters. Without them I would not have been able to grow, to learn and to progress the way I did. I ended up with a colorful, joyful, lyric, and sometimes even dramatic music, which apparently has been well liked by my friends and audience.

I have been very fortunate to be the composer in residence at the Dumbarton Concerts Society since I was 16 years old. Every commission I received from them was an incredible opportunity for me to grow as a composer and musician. Each of the four Quartets and Symphony for string orchestra I wrote for them has a story behind. I remember that the Symphony for strings was written after a long trip in Europe. At the end of it, I visited a remote village in northern Romania where the peasants were celebrating a religious tradition. They made me part of it and I was very lucky to listen to their music, enjoy their dances and costumes, and I was fascinated by everything I experienced. Coming back home I felt very inspired and I wrote the music for the Symphony for string orchestra with my journey in mind.


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