Colțea Victor Alexandru

At an early age, his father, the guitarist Vasile Colțea, started to give him guitar and music lessons. He studied composition at the National University of Music - Bucharest, Hochschule für Musik und Theater - Hamburg and at the Hoschule für Musik - Luzern. His main teachers were Dieter Ammann, Dan Dediu and Fredrik Schwenk.

He has also participated in workshops and master-classes given by composers such as Wolfgang Rihm, Joji Yuasa, Bernhard Lang, Beat Furrer, Clemens Gadenstätter, Octavian Nemescu, Doina Rotaru, and Henry Fourés.

He won several prizes and scholarships, amongst them, the first prize at the National Composition Contest Ștefan Niculescu, the special prize of George Enescu Museum at the International Composition Contest George Enescu, the Prize of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists for the chamber vocal section with the piece Zori, etc.

His creations includes symphonic music, chamber music with or with out electronics, music for theater, short-films, and for interactive installations, such as the one for the Paul Signac Exhibition at the Romanian National Art Museum.

His pieces were performed in different concert halls throughout Europe, by different ensembles and orchestras like Luzern Sinfonieorchester, Thüringer Symphoniker Orchestra, Ensemble Phœnix – Basel, Ensemble Sargo, Ensemble Auliden, CexSaxo duo, Ensemble Profil, Ensemble Archæus, Ensemble Sonomania, etc., but also in different contemporary music festivals, such as International Week of New Music (Bucharest), Innersound International Festival (Bucharest), George Enescu International Festival – (Romania); Impuls Academy | Festival (Graz); Blurred Edges (Hamburg); Cully Classique (Switzerland), Davos Festival (Switzerland), New Music Days, Szenenwechsel (Lucerne), etc.

His works have been broadcasted by different radios such as Deutschlandfunk, NDR, Espace 2 – RTS, Radio Romania Musical, Radio Romania Cultural, ORF etc.

Victor Alexandru Colțea is the co-founder and artistic director of the ensemble for contemporary music, Sargo, based in Lausanne.

Photo: © Carola Torkler