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Liana Alexandra, Composer, University Professor

Liana Alexandra
Composer, University Professor

Born: May 27, 1947, Bucharest, Romania

Married to Serban Nichifor, composer


  • 1965-1971 - "Ciprian Porumbescu" University of Music, Bucharest, Composition Department. Awarded the special scholarship "George Enescu"
  • 1974, 1978, 1980, 1984 - international courses of composition at Darmstadt, West Germany
  • 1983 - an USIA stipendium in USA
  • PhD in Musicology 


  • Master in music; Professor at the National University of Music of Bucharest, (teaching composition, orchestration and musical analyses)
  • Member of Duo Intermedia
  • Co-Director of the NUOVA  MUSICA  CONSONANTE-LIVING  MUSIC  FOUNDATION  INC.(U.S.A) Festival, with Serban Nichifor
  • National Expert for Music (since May 2005), registered with National Register of Experts

Selected Works

  • Symphonic, vocal-symphonic and concert music, music for opera
  • Symphony I (1971)
  • Cantata for women's choir and orchestra (verses by Lucian Blaga, 1971)
  • "Valences", symphonic movement, 1973
  • Concerto for clarinet and orchestra, 1974
  • Cantata II for soprano, baritone, mixed chorus and orchestra (verses by Lucian Blaga, 1977
  • Cantata III "Country-land, country-idea" for women's chorus and orchestra, verses by Nichita
  • Stanescu, 1977
  • Symphony II "Hymns", 1978
  • Opera for children "The Snow Queen" after a story by Hans Ch. Andersen, 1978
  • Concerto for flute, viola and chamber orchestra, 1980
  • Symphony V (1985-1986)
  • Symphony VI (1988-1989)
  • Symphonic poem "Ierusalem" (1990)
  • Concerto for string orchestra (1991)
  • Concerto for piano for four hands and orchestra (1993)
  • Chamber opera "Chant d'amour de la Dame la Licorne" (verses by Etienne de Sadeleer(1995)
  • Symphony VIII (1995-1996)
  • Concerto for saxophone and orchestra (1997)
  • "Pastorale" for wind orchestra (1999)
  • Concerto for organ and orchestra (2002), first audition at "Mihail Jora" Concert Hall, Bucharest, November 13, 2002, with Radio Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Brancusi and Ilse  Maria Reich as organist
  • Computer music (2003) - Basson Quartet, Barcarola, Pastorale, dancing Visions - 1 CD - Computer Music (12 variations)
  • Computer music (2004) - Rhythms - 1 CD Computer Music (8 Studies)

Chamber music

  • Sonata for flute solo (1973)
  • Music for clarinet, harp and percussion (1972)
  • Lyric Sequence for clarinet, trumpet and piano (1974)
  • Two sequences for soprano and chamber orchestra (1976)
  • "Collages" for brass quintet (1977)
  • "Incantations" II for violin, viola, cello and piano (1978)
  • "Consonances" I for 4 trombones (1978)
  • "Consonances" II for clarinet and piano (1979)
  • "Consonances" III for organ solo (1979)
  • "Consonances" V for organ solo (1980)
  • "Images interrupted" for wood wind quintet (1983)
  • "Cadenza" for violin (1983)
  • "Pastorale" for bas, clarinet and piano (1984)
  • "Allegro veloce e caratteristico" for organ (1985)
  • Sonata for six hors (1986)
  • "Larghetto" for string chamber orchestra (1988)
  • "Intersections" - sonata for horn and piano (1989)
  • Music for Het Trio (1990)
  • "Atre" for fl. Cl. Fg. (1991)
  • "Cadenza" III for piano (1992)
  • Sonata for piano (1993)
  • "Fantasy" for violoncello and piano (1994)
  • "Poem for Romania", "Poem for Madona from Neamt" for soprano and piano (verses by Eugen Van Itterbeek (1994)
  • "Consonances" VI for blockflote quartet (1997)
  • "Five movements" for violoncello and piano (1997)
  • "Consonances" VII for harp solo (1998)
  • "Parallel musics" for saxophone, violocello and piano (2001)
  • "Incantations" III for violoncello and tape (2002)

Published Works at:

  • Musical Publishing House, Bucharest
  • Modern Publishing House, Munchen
  • Furore Publishing House, Kassel
  • Edition Score-On-Line (France)

Works played and recorded in:

  • Romania, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Israel, U.S.A., Sweden, Czech Republic, Spain, Canada and so on, at important national and international festivals


  • Member of the Union of Romanian Composers
  • Member of the International Society "Frau und Musik", Germany
  • Member of GEMA, Germany
  • First Vice-President of the Cultural Association Romania-Israel (ACPRI)
  • Member in GOOD STANDING of the Research Board of Advisors, American Biographical Institute, USA
  • Member of the Professional Women's Advisory Board, USA
  • Member of the European Conference for Promoters of New Music (see Nuova Musica Consonante)
  • Member of Living Music Foundation Inc., USA
  • Member of the Research Council of the International Biographical Center, England

Prizes and Awards

  • 1975, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1988 - Prize of the Union of Romanian Composers
  • 1979 - Gaudeamus Prize
  • 1979 - First Prize "Carl Maria von Weber", Dresden
  • 1980 - Prize of Romanian Academy
  • 1980 - Gaudeamus Prize
  • 1982, 1983 - Diploma from the "Who's Who in the World Dictionary", USA
  • 1989 - Second Prize,  Mannheim-Gedock, Germany
  • 1986 - Prize of Beer-Sheva, Israel
  • 1991 - Third Prize "Fanny Mendelssohn", Dortmund-Unna, Germany
  • 1992 -  Prize "Gaudeamus", Magadino, Switzerland
  • 1993 - ISCM Prize, ,Mexico
  • 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000 - "Woman of the Year", USA
  • 1997, 1998 - "Woman of the Year", Great Britain
  • 1997 - Prize ACMEOR,  Bucharest
  • 1997 - Prize ACMEOR, Tel-Aviv
  • 2000 - "International Commendation of Success",  USA
  • 2000 - "The 20th Century", USA
  • 2001 - "International Personality of the Year 2001", Great Britain
  • 2001 - "Researcher of the Year 2001", American Biographical Institute, USA
  • 2002 - "Woman of the Year 2002", American Biographical Institute, USA
  • 2003, 2004 - Prize for Electroacoustic Composition, Bourges, France
  • 2003 - International Peace Prize, awarded by  United Cultural Convention, USA
  • 2003 - Woman of the Year 2003, American Biographical Institute, USA
  • 2004 - Order of Cultural Merit, Second Class, Romania
  • 2005 - Woman of the Year 2005, American Biographical Institute, USA
  • 2005 - Woman of Achievement Award, American Biographical Institute, USA
  • 2005 - Honorary Diploma of Composers Union of Belgium
  • 2007 - ABI Gold Medal for Romania
  • 2008 - Sovereign Ambassador of the Order of American Ambassadors
  • 2008 - Founding Member of the International Women's Review Board, USA

Press Reviews

  • "Artistic personality endowed with a keen sense of form based on contrastive elements, well-defined in statement and especially in orchestration & " (Revista Muzica, Bucharest)
  • "Liana Alexandra has proved for many years, that her composition technique is already well set. Helped by musicality and imagination this technique allows the omposer to get the best results with any kind of musical groups& " (Contemporanul, Bucharest)
  • "Every new musical piece sets Liana Alexandra at the head of her generation of Romanian composers, the international prizes proving the ascending artistic evolution of this hard . working composer" (Flacara, Bucharest)
  • "Liana Alexandra is regarded as the leading Romanian composer of her generation. Her compositional vocabulary is wide, ranging from cluster and aleatoric technique to broad lyric melody based on folk elements from her native culture." (Grey Youtz . The Michigan University, U.S.A.)
  • "Liana Alexandra's music is full of warmth and original melody elements, side by side with a broad wonderful dramatic spirit. Her ineffable and imaginative orchestration has been amazing."(Arbetarbladet, Gevle, Sweden)
  • "Liana Alexandra surpasses all her colleague and annihilates the still alive prejudice of sexes& Her work is a subtle and peculiar processing of Romanian folklore, that brigs the reciprocal production of "vanguard" and "tradition"; there are surprising links appearing between a Romanian "hora" in a fast tempo and the bunch of melodies of Legeti type, between a sad "doina" and an entertainment Expressivo " (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)
  • "Liana Alexandra has been excellent at "Gaudeamus"& This week "Gaudeamus" that joins a lot of composers, the utmost has been reached indeed by the Romanian Liana Alexandra & Enormously rich fancy, terrible piquant, a huge existence." (N.R.C. Handelsblad . Amsterdam, Holland).
  • "Western musicians often carelessly lump all of Eastern Europe together as some sort of ingrown musical monolith, far behind the times and sealed off from the rest of the musical world by political and cultural barriers. Then you meet a composer like Romania's Liana Alexandra, and you have to re-examine all those cherished prejudices. Alexandra resists describing herself flatly as either a traditional or an avant-garde composer." (Robert Finn, the Plain Dealer, Cleveland U.S.A.)
  • "A short consideration on a remarkable piece & It refers to the composition by the Romanian Liana Alexandra, a transfiguration of Romanian folklore, remarkable by its firm mastery, fascinating in statement. Worth mentioning: instrumental virtuosity serving the music". (Musica-West Germany).

Home address:

  • Liana Alexandra, Str. Rosia Montana nr.4, Bloc O5, scara 4, apt. 165, 77584 Bucharest, Sector 6, Tel. +40-21-772.3029, E-mail: lianaalexandra@yahoo.com

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