I think that my music, although not yet defined as means and expression, bears a lot of the Romanian characteristics, as I seem to “find” myself more in a local context than in a foreign one. I am not sure what makes Romanian music unique – or if it really is, apart from my perception as a musician formed in that particular “school of composition”. I think it must be a certain kind of expressivity that comes from the re-dimensioning of consonance in a modern yet narrative language. In my works I “slide” from “story-telling” - from a sort of epic force that drives the material forward through fractures of expression – to a more recent interest for an aesthetics of “sleep”, of “slowness”, of numb movement and ambiguous feelings in a dream-like world. Lately, I have also taken a special interest in the revival of the “cantability”, of the generative “theme” as a recognoscible structure, with personality and expression on its own.
One of the most visible young Romanian composers, Diana Rotaru studied with Stefan Niculescu and Dan Dediu at the National University of Music in Bucharest – where she has a PhD in Composition (with the dissertation The Recent Trance and the Principle of Repetition in new Music) – and with Frederic Durieux at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (2005-2006). She participated at different summer composition courses such as Acanthes (Metz, 2008), Voix Nouvelles-Royaumont (2002 and 2006), or the International Bartok Seminary (Szombathely, 2003).
She was a resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (Autumn 2007), on a George Enescu grant from the Romanian Cultural Institute. In April 2011 she was an artist-in-residence at Villa Sträuli, Winterthur (Switzerland), at the invitation of Ensemble TaG, who performed her music in two concerts during that period (Verborgen in einer Muschel/ Hidden Inside a Shell - Theater am Gleis and Meet the Artist: Diana Rotaru -Villa Sträuli).
She has won numerous prizes, among which the Romanian Academy’s George Enescu Award (2010), the ISCM-IAMIC Young Composer Award (World Music Days, Vilnius, 2008), the Irino Prize (Japan, 2004) or the George Enescu Prize ex-aequo (Romania, 2003 and 2005). Her works are performed in Europe, U.S. and Japan. Her works have been comissioned by Ensemble XXI (Dijon), Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Pärlor för svin, Ernst von Siemens Foundation, Takefu International Music Festival, etc.
Diana Rotaru is a member of the syncretic group SeduCant, artistic director of SonoMania new music ensemble and artistic director of InnerSound International New Arts Festival in Bucharest (together with Sabina Ulubeanu).
Diana Rotaru is currently teaching at the National University of Music in Bucharest (Composition and Compositional Practice).