Artist Bio and Statement

Diana Iulia Simon graduated the Art Highschool in Brașov (piano, 1999) and the National University of Music in Bucharest (composition, 2005), where she studied with Ștefan Niculescu and Dan Dediu. She has a master’s degree (2007) and a PhD in composition (summa cum laude, 2012) with the dissertation Christic Sacrifice and Catharsis in Passions of the XXth and XXIst centuries. Analytical approach on works by Paul Constantinescu, Krzysztof Penderecki, Arvo Pärt, Osvaldo Golijov and Diana Iulia Simon (adviser Dan Dediu). She has been granted scholarships at Hochschule für Muisk und Theater – Hamburg (prof. Michael Hammel, 2001), Carl von Ossietzky Universität – Oldenburg (prof. Violeta Dinescu, 2003- 2004), Karol Lipinsky Music Academy – Wrocław (Agata Zubel-Moc, 2005-2006).

Diana Simon has written chamber as well as symphonic music works that have been performed in Romania, Germany, France, Portugal and U. S. She has collaborated with prestigious Romanian ensembles such as Archaeus, Profil, Clarino, Icon Arts.

Diana is currentely teaching at the Dinu Lipatti National Arts College in Bucharest (piano and score reading) and at the Crina Mardare Music Experience school (piano, harmony and music theory).

Artist Statement

I strongly believe that music, as we understand it, was born to remember us of the way to the sacred source of humanity.

When, as a composer, you face the absolute freedom, just as music generously allows, it appears at first the sense of fear in the face of infinity and then, the questions begin to creep in giving birth to an entire labor of defining oneself in relation to infinity.

I strongly believe in receiving the grace, when one’s inner state allows, in plunging into a “state of listening” where you can “translate” the “inaudible” as it is revealed at that time.

I also strongly believe that the whole process of creation has a fundamental cathartic dimension being, through the reflection, understanding, choice and commitment, the expression of my inner becoming.