Contemporary classical music

Born in 1977, Lolea studied composition with Tiberiu Olah and graduated from the National University of Music Bucharest in 2000. In 2010 he completed his PhD from NUMB receiving the highest academic honors: summa cum laude.

He has participated in various international workshops with grants, including the Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam (1997), International Summer Courses for Young Composers in Radziejowice (1998) and the 7th Internationale Akademie für Neue Komposition und Audio-Art in Schwaz (1999), where he studied with Bogusław Schaeffer, Marek Chołoniewski and Martijn Padding.

He composes chamber music, symphonic and vocal-symphonic music. His works have been performed across Europe and America, and have been awarded prizes in numerous national and international competitions, such as “The Roads of Romanticism” (1st Prize, 2007) and the “George Enescu International Composition Competition” (Special Prize, 2009). His music has also been presented in renowned international festivals, such as the Warsaw Autumn, the George Enescu Festival and the World Music Days.
 

Selected Works:

  • The Journey MORE >>LESS <<

    Composed:
    2015

    Premiered:
    April 8th 2016, Forum neuer Music Festival, Kammermusiksaal, Cologne, Profil Ensemble, conductor Dan Dediu
    Instrumentation:
    clarinet in Bb, percussion (one player), piano, violin I, violin II, viola, violoncello
    Duration:
    ca. 10 min.

    Music:
    Coming soon…

  • Fairy Tales MORE >>LESS <<

    Composed:
    2015

    Premiered:
    September 5th 2015, George Enescu Festival, Palace Small Hall, Profil Sinfonietta, conductor Tiberiu Soare
    Instrumentation:
    flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet in Bb/bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet in C, trombone, tuba, percussion (one player), piano, violin I, violin II, viola, violoncello, contrabass
    Duration:
    ca. 8 min.

    Music:
    Coming soon…

  • Mechanisms MORE >>LESS <<

    Composed:
    2014
    Written for Matei Ioachimescu and “Green Thing Ensemble”
    Premiered:
    May 30th 2014, The International Week of New Music , “Green Thing Ensemble”
    Recording:
    Green Thing Ensemble. Studio recording, 2014
    Instrumentation:
    flute/piccolo, violin, violoncello, piano
    Duration:
    ca. 6 min.

    Music:
    Mechanisms (excerpt) Play 
    Score (excerpt)

  • Entropia MORE >>LESS <<

    Composed:
    2009

    Premiered:
    September 4th 2009, George Enescu Festival, Romanian Athenaeum, Profil Sinfonietta, conductor Tiberiu Soare
    Recording:
    Profil Sinfonietta, conductor Tiberiu Soare (live recording)
    Instrumentation:
    flute/piccolo, clarinet in Bb/bass clarinet, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion (one player), violin, viola, violoncello, contrabass
    Duration:
    ca. 8 min.
    Award:
    Special Prize at the “George Enescu” International Composition Competition, Bucharest, 2009

    The idea for this work began to take shape following some discussions with film director Gheorghe Preda. If we were to make a reference to the visual, Entropia would look more like black-and-white music. In its development, the work has mainly a concise, sometimes abrupt discourse, rather than a “wide breath”, in which the musical elements tend to contaminate each other. We witness a continuous oscillation between a state of evolution, a state of suspension and one of disintegration. On the other hand, as in detective fiction, the clues we get along the way could lead us to discover the murderer. Entropia was written in 2009 for Profil Sinfonietta.

    Music:
    Entropia (excerpt) Play 
    Full Score (excerpt)

  • 2010 MORE >>LESS <<

    Commissioned by the Warsaw Autumn Festival
    Composed:
    2010
    Premiered:
    September 23rd 2010, Warsaw Autumn, Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio, orkest de ereprijs, conductor Win Boerman
    Recording:
    orkest de ereprijs, conductor Win Boerman (live recording)
    Instrumentation:
    flute/piccolo/alto flute, flute/piccolo, clarinet in Bb/bass clarinet, soprano saxophone/alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, horn, trumpet, 2 trombones, tuba, percussion (one player), piano, electric guitar, electric bass
    Duration:
    ca. 7 min.

    2010 was written for Orkest de Ereprijs to be premiered at the Warsaw Autumn. The piece was conceived during a residency at Tescani, provided by the George Enescu Museum and Artistne(s)t. 2010 has a substantial personal significance that is responsable for most parts of the work’s behaviour.

    Music:
    2010 (excerpt) Play 
    Full Score (excerpt)

  • String Quartet MORE >>LESS <<

    Composed:
    1997
    Recording:
    Aperto Quartet. Studio recording, 1998
    Duration:
    ca. 16 min.
    Award:
    Romanian-American Composition Contest “Punte de suflete” Prize, Constanţa-Romania, 1998

    Music:
    String Quartet – movement I (excerpt) Play 
    Full Score (excerpt)

  • Sonata for flute and piano MORE >>LESS <<

    Composed:
    1996
    Written for the flutist Adrian Buciu
    Premiered:
    1996 by Adrian Buciu – flute and Cristian Lolea – piano
    Recording:
    Matei Ioachimescu – flute and Horia Maxim – piano. Live recording, January 25th 2011, Radio Concert Hall, Bucharest
    Duration:
    ca. 10 min.
    Award:
    Grand Prix at “George Enescu – Childhood Impressions” International Composition Competition, Bucharest, 1998

    Sonata for flute and piano was composed in 1996 following a special collaboration with the flutist Adrian Buciu. Conceived in a single movement, the evolution of the piece alternates between contrasting dialogues between the instruments and homogenizing moments, between episodes suspended in time and rhythmic sections, between explosions of the two instruments’ ambituses and moments of an extreme narrowing of the sonic space. The sonata’s musical material uses non-octaviant modal structures and modes of durations built on numeric principles.

    In 1998, Sonata for flute and piano won the Grand Prix at “George Enescu” International Composition Competition for Young Composers (Bucharest).

    Music:
    Sonata for flute and piano (excerpt) Play 
    Full Score (excerpt)

  • R.E.M. MORE >>LESS <<

    Commissioned by Ernst von Siemens Foundation
    Composed:
    2003
    Premiered:
    June 6th 2003, “George Enescu” Concert Hall, Profil Sinfonietta, conductor Radu Popa
    Recording:
    Profil Sinfonietta, conductor Radu Popa. Live recording, May 29th 2004, International New Music Week, Radio Concert Hall, Bucharest
    Instrumentation:
    flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet in Bb, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion (one player), piano, violin I, violin II, viola, violoncello, contrabass
    Duration:
    ca. 10 min.

    R.E.M. describes a phase of sleep (paradoxical sleep) and, anatomically speaking, expands to Rapid Eye Movement (R.E.M.). Some studies assert that the dream does not exist outside of this hypostasis of sleep, which is close to profound sleep but differs from this state in that we are conscious and the mind is working. Only those who immediately wake up after paradoxical sleep remember what they dreamt about.

    Music:
    R.E.M. (excerpt) Play 
    Full Score (excerpt)

  • Funny Games MORE >>LESS <<

    Composed:
    2012
    Instrumentation:
    small children’s choir (or two amplified mezzo-sopranos), percussion group (four players)
    Duration:
    ca. 11 min.

    Music:
    Funny Games (excerpt) Play 
    Full Score (excerpt)

  • black-and-white MORE >>LESS <<

    Composed:
    2011
    Premiered:
    September 3rd 2011, George Enescu Festival, Romanian Athenaeum, Profil Sinfonietta, conductor Tiberiu Soare
    Instrumentation:
    flute/piccolo/alto flute, oboe, clarinet in Bb/bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion (one player), piano, violin I, violin II, viola, violoncello, contrabass
    Duration:
    ca. 8 min.

    In the field of contemporary visual arts, references to black-and-white are synonymous, many a time, with ”glides” into the realms of memories, mysteries, dreams or the austere. The lack of colour becomes a means of expression, as sometimes silence can be more suggestive than the sound. On the other hand, white and black are two non-colours placed at opposite poles, two extreme values in maximum contrast.

    black-and-white was written in 2011 for the ”Profil” Sinfonietta, following an invitation from composer Dan Dediu, the Artistic Director of the ensemble.

    Music:
    black-and-white (excerpt)
    Full Score (excerpt)

  • Étude for piano MORE >>LESS <<

    Composed:
    1996
    Premiered:
    1996 by Cristian Lolea
    Duration:
    ca. 3 min.
    Award:
    “Mihail Jora” Prize, Bucharest, 1996

    Music:
    Étude for piano (excerpt)
    Score (excerpt)

     

  • Concerto for Cello, Strings and Percussion MORE >>LESS <<

    Composed:
    1998
    Duration:
    ca. 8 min.

    Music:
    Concerto for Cello, Strings and Percussion (excerpt)
    Full Score (excerpt)