Doina Rotaru

(b. 14 September 1951, Bucharest).

Romanian composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed throughout the world.

Ms. Rotaru studied composition with Tiberiu Olah at the Universitatea Națională de Muzică București from 1970–75. She later studied composition with Theo Loevendie in Amsterdam in 1991, on a grant.

Among her honours are seven prizes from the the Uniunea Compozitorilor și Muzicologilor din România in Bucharest (1981, 1986, 1989–90, 1994, 1997, 2001), the Premiul from the Fundația Națională pentru Știință și Artă in Bucharest (1986) and Erster Preis in the competition GEDOK in Mannheim (1994, for Symphony II). Her music has been performed in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the UK.

She has taught as a professor of composition at the Universitatea Națională de Muzică București since 1997. She lectured at the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt in 1990, 1992 and 1994 and at the Internationale Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Amsterdam in 1990 and 1992.

In addition to the works listed below, she has composed choral and didactic music, as well as a treatise on the counterpoint of Johann Sebastian Bach and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1986, Editura Muzicală).


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Concerto, clarinet, orchestra, 1984

Symphony I, large orchestra (60 players), 1985

Concerto I, flute (+ piccolo, alto flute), 2 percussion, 13 strings, 1986

Concerto, cello, orchestra, 1987

Symphony II, large orchestra (75 players), 1988

Concerto II, 'Spiralis II', flute (+ alto flute, bass flute), orchestra, 1991

Lights from a Rainbow, small orchestra (15 players), 1993

Concerto, 'Seven Levels to the Sky', soprano saxophone (+ alto saxophone, baritone saxophone), orchestra, 1993

Concerto III, 'Cercles magiques', flute (+ piccolo, alto flute, bass flute), orchestra, 1993

Clocks II, small orchestra, 1994

Chimeras, small orchestra, 1994

Concerto IV, 'Florilegium', flute, small orchestra (24 flutes), 1996

Polychromies, 1996

Umbre I, viola, small orchestra (2 percussion, 15 strings), 1999

Wings of Light, 24 flutes, 2000

Concerto, percussion, orchestra, 2000

Symphony III, 'Spirit of Elements', large orchestra (92 players), 2001

Métabole II, clarinet (+ E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet), orchestra, 2001

Vitralii, 24 flutes, fixed media, 2002


Sonata, cello, 1978

String Quartet No. 1, 1981

Legend I, flute, 1982

Balance of Light, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, 1982

String Quartet No. 2, 1982

Jeu de miroirs, 4 flutes (4th + alto flute), 1984

Quatrotempi, cello, percussion, 1985

Aux portes du rêve, flute, percussion, 1985

Clocks I, clarinet, piano, percussion, 1987 (also version for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 1987)

Metamorphosis, bass clarinet, 1987

Masks, clarinet, cello, 1989

Spiralis I, harp, 1989

Dor, alto flute, 1989

Troïte, clarinet (+ soprano saxophone), piano (+ synthesizer), percussion, 1990

Runa, flute (+ alto flute), oboe (+ English horn), guitar, cello, harpsichord, 1991

Spiralis III, alto flute, guitar, 1992

Joker, clarinet (+ bass clarinet), piano, percussion, 1992

Over time, shakuhachi (mouth organ from Japan), bass flute, 1992

String Quartet No. 3, 1993

Noesis, 4 percussion, 1995

Reina, soprano saxophone, fixed media, 1996

Fum, clarinet, 1996

Legend II, oboe, 1996

Alean, 4 saxophones, 1997

Tempio di fumo, flute, 1997

Uroboros, 2 flutes, 1998

Métabole I, 7 clarinets, 1999

L'Éternel REtour, 8 cellos, 2000

Dragonfly, piccolo, 2000

Crystals, flute, piano, 2002

Umbre II, violin, cello, piano, 2002

Dincolo..., oboe, percussion, 2002


Trias, mezzo-soprano, flute, piano, 1999


The Crossroads of the Poppies, 1980

Sonatina, 1981


Legend I; Balance of Light; Sonata (cello). Pierre-Yves Artaud, flute; Anca Vartolomei, cello; Musica Nova (Electrecord: ST-ECE 02889) (LP)

Concerto (cello); Symphony II. Anca Vartolomei, cello; Ludovic Bács/Orchestra Națională Radio (Electrecord: ST-ECE 03669) (LP)

Troïte. Ensemble Contrastes (Attacca Babel: 9265/66)

Symphony II. Ludovic Bács/Orchestra Națională Radio (Editura Muzicală: EM 007)

Over time. Yoshikazu Iwamoto, shakuhachi; Pierre-Yves Artaud, bass flute (Editura Muzicală: EM 1002)

Clocks I (original version); L'Éternel REtour; Concerto IV, 'Florilegium'; Symphony III, 'Spirit of Elements'. Pierre-Yves Artaud, flute; Trio Contrastes; Violoncellissimo; Pierre-Alain Biget/Orchestre Français de Flûtes; Norichika Iimori/Tōkyō Philharmonic Orchestra (Electrecord: EDC 461)

Concerto I; Symphony II; Concerto, 'Seven Levels to the Sky'. Pierre-Yves Artaud, piccolo, flute, alto flute; Emil Sein, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone; Barrie Webb/Huddersfield University Orchestra (MPS: CD 007)

Concerto, 'Seven Levels to the Sky'. Daniel Kientzy, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone; Emil Șimon/Filarmonica de Stat Transilvania din Cluj (Nova Musica: NMCD 5105)

Concerto II, 'Spiralis II'; Dor; Concerto III, 'Cercles magiques'; Concerto IV, 'Florilegium'. Pierre-Yves Artaud, piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute; Ludovic Bács/Orchestra Națională Radio; Pierre-Alain Biget/Nederlands Fluitorkest, Orchestre Français de Flûtes (Radio România: DRCD 1001)

Over time; Metamorphosis; Masks; Tempio di fumo; Troïte; Noesis. Yoshikazu Iwamoto, shakuhachi; Pierre-Yves Artaud, flute, bass flute; Vasile Mocioc, clarinet; Emil Sein, bass clarinet; Anca Vartolomei, cello; Trio Contrastes; GAME Ensemble (Radio România: DRCD 1002)