DUMITRESCU is one of the leading
personalities of contemporary music, embracing both
composition and interpretation.
centers his work on the phenomenological principle,
which Sergiu Celibidache made him to discover, and
which Dumitrescu applies to the composition itself,
and on the idea of acousmatics. Acousmatics
represents for Dumitrescu not only « the art of
disguising a sonic source » in a concrete
approach, but the very metaphor of the sound,
infinite, cryptical alchemy applied to the sound
Dumitrescu has born the 15th of July 1944 in Sibiu,
Romania, son of Gheorghe T Dumitrescu (1904-1982),
University Professor, philosopher and psychologist,
author of numerous volumes, and of Maria Dumitrescu,
a Mathematics teacher.
four, probably in 1949 he witnesses the general
search and arresting of his father with tragic
consequences for the entire family. Three years of
kept into custody without any awareness from the
family, until the death of Stalin, with
school and college.
Musical studies at the Musical Academy in Bucharest.
It was the first year after WW2 when admittance in
high school happened without the censorship of the
« political file of the family ». The
vigilance however remained complete and its effects
later followed, beginning with 1978, systematic
studies of conducting and musical phenomenology with
Depressing atmosphere, with serious political
pressure, harassing, when modern art was denounced
and condemned to disappear, as well as those
frequenting it. However those young years are full
of impetus, of challenge and even some unexpected
encounter of few extraordinary colleagues,
enthusiastic and talented opened the opportunity of
a new and real stimulation.
1966, for two decades he launches into a fervent
activity, trying, under difficult conditions, to
engage his writing through the construction of an
axiological, selective dimension of the Romanian
musical culture of that time. He writes permanent
editorials for important cultural magazines and
newspapers such as «Luceafarul», «România Literara»,
than Radio broadcastings, articles in «Scânteia
tineretului», «România libera», «Saptamâna
1967 he is awarded with the Prize for journalism of
the LUCEAFARUL magazine for his « originality
and sharpness ». In the same dreadful
period, by its harsh ideological limitations, its
dogmatism and sclerosis the musicological
interventions of Dumitrescu quickly attracted the
attention of officials who were preparing to attack.
it was necessary to reject to any risk the cultural
repression. Firstly by drawing attention to other
aesthetic attitudes, other names, and the
marginalized ones – against those became the taboos,
the untouchables "skills" of the time. It was
necessary to propose another professional ethics, a
new elite, imposing a new generation of composers.
disarticulating one week after another the
Establishment of the time, he became the official
choice of the attacks, controversies, and charges in
the official press, but could not be silenced.
activity as a musicologist, composer and performer
(conductor) intersects from the very beginning.
period 1964-1970: the young student is attracted and
finds himself in the avant-garde movements. He
desperately looks for scores, recordings,
unpublished, innovative ideas: Stravinsky, Bartok,
Webern, Schoenberg, Berg, Stockhausen, Boulez,
Berio, Nono, Cage, Lutoslawski, Penderecki ...
Revelation of the modernity. The avant-garde. The
atonalism, dodecaphony, Stochastics, the Aleatorism.
systematic explorations in composition. The unique
role of Professor A. Mendelssohn, who during an
important meeting expressed as " from all his
students having made progress, only for Iancu
Dumitrescu composition represents the very life! "
to 1969. As still a student, he realizes his
first original compositions invested with an opus
number thereafter: Diachronies "(I-II-III-IV) for
piano, published in 1970 by" Gerig Musikverlage "
recorded by WDR-Köln, Radio Madrid, Radio Brussels
etc.). "Metamorphoses" for solo clarinet and
'Alternances (I-II) "string quartet, works later
recorded by Radio România and Radio France.
discoveries of the sound core, the natural
harmonics, the microscopic approach of the sound
world etc. The idea of acousmatic. The Spectralism
- ideas that will remains central in his composition
presence of his works at Radio France - Grand
Auditorium. World Premiere of "Multiple" for three
percussion groups. The work was engraved little
after for CBS Harmonia Mundi.
to 1976. Dumitrescu configures the Hyperion
Ensemble, an artistic group of performers and
composers who will occupy for 40 years, one of the
most important and dynamic role in Romanian music
A Hyperion Ensemble concert.
Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation. 1980. Iancu
Dumitrescu conducts from the piano
1978 - He received a
Scholarship from Sergiu Celibidache in Germany,
after examinations, repeated interviews and
extensive theoretical discussions with the Master.
Since June 1978, systematic
studies of general and musical phenomenology,
and also conducting at the University of Trier and
Munich. Sergiu Celibidache became for him the Master
has always sought, to whom he always relates. He
since joined the Husserlian Phenomenology -
perspective that has led to important theoretical
crystallization and to fertile creative conclusions,
re-placing in question the principles of academic
composition, petrified and deprived - as we can
easily see – of any genuine creative impulse.
explorations, he finally foresees his own vision on
sonic world he has pursued since. Thus, the
essential concepts of "phenomenological reduction"
and "pure intuition" became functional in
According to Dumitrescu, it
is the first time phenomenology is utilized as a
true method of composition, which re-poses in
question essential concepts, nevertheless hidden at
that time: inspiration, vision, creativity,
1991 - Inauguration of the
EDITION MODERN CD Label in collaboration with "RER
Megacorp" - London. Until 2011 26 CDs with the
music of Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria AVRAM were
released, and distributed in United States,
Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy,
Austria, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Korea.. .
Iancu Dumitrescu is
considered one of the leaders of the spectral music
trend at a worldwide level. In 1976 he founded the
HYPERION Ensemble, proposing a new aesthetic in
today’s music, hyper-spectral, based on the
radiant power of sound, within its microcosmic
complexity - which is questioned, analyzed,
re-composed from a spectral perspective.
Dumitrescu is also Founder
and Artistic Director of the International
Music Festivals of Computer Assisted Music
Acousmania, Musica Nova, Musica Viva and the
International Spectral Music Festival SPECTRUM
XXI - held annually in three European capitals.
His creation counts more
than 200 works, chamber music, electro acoustic,
orchestral music, computer music, etc.
His work is edited by
Salabert (Paris), Editura Musicala (Bucharest) Gerig
Musikverlage-Schott-Schöne (Köln). The LPs and Cds
of his music are published by Edition RZ (Berlin)
Generation Unlimited (United States),
Escargot-Harmonia Mundi (France), Electrecord
(Bucharest), Artgallery (Paris), ReR Megacorp
(London), Bananafish (Los Angeles) Edition Modern
(London-Bucharest). The musicological contributions
of Iancu Dumitrescu have concretized in numerous
articles such as "Structure & Freedom"
(London, Resonance magazine), "Writing: Iancu
Dumitrescu" in »Revue et Corrgiée » ,
Grenoble, "Iancu Dumitrescu: On The Inside Looking
In" (Bananafish, Los Angeles ) "In the land of ninth
sky : Iancu Dumitrescu Ana-Maria Avram" (Musicworks,
Toronto) and in the book "Iancu Dumitrescu,
Acousmatic Provoker" (ReR Megacorp, London).