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SonoMania is a Bucharest based new music ensemble founded in 2012. The purpose of SonoMania is to attract a more numerous audience for modern and contemporary music, through the remarkable enthusiasm, talent and dedication of its members.  SonoMania is mostly interested in concerts with an interdisciplinary component (multimedia, photography, dance, performance), as well as promoting the young generation of Romanian new music creators.

SonoMania was so far included in international festivals of contemporary music, such as The International New Music Week in Bucharest (2012, 2013, 2016-2019), InnerSoundInternational New Arts Festival – Silent Film Night(2012-2018), the MERIDIAN ISCM-Romanian Section International Festival (Bucharest, 2012-2018), DesideriaFestival of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana (Rome, 2017), Toamna Muzicală Clujeană / Cluj Musical Autumn(Cluj, 2016), Craiova Muzicală / Musical Craiova(Craiova, 2016), CIMRO DAYS (2014, 2018), Bucharest Music Film Festival – ArCuB (2012-2014), The 18th Festival of Contemporary Music – Happoman2012 (South Korea), the Bucharest Biennale of Contemporary Arts (2012), CatsheuvelFestival (The Hague, 2014).

The ensemble has premiered works by composers such as Doina Rotaru, George Balint, Mihai Măniceanu, Henry Vega, Mihai Murariu, Gabriel Mălăncioiu, Șerban Marcu, Vlad Maistorovici, Diana Simon, Diana Gheorghiu, Sabina Ulubeanu, Sorin Marinescu, Alexandru Sima, Megumi Okuda, Gabriel Almaşi, Tudor Feraru, Cristian Bence-Muk, Victor Colțea, Cristian Lolea and many more. SonoMania has collaborated with conductors such as Gabriel Bebeşelea, Alexandru Solonaru, Alexandru Mija, Vlad Baciu and Lucian Beschiu, as well as participated in various projects together with choreographer and dancer Cristina Lilienfeld, dancer and actress Smaranda Găbudeanu or performers such as Irinel Anghel and Paul Dunca.

Selected projects:

  • Din zbor de pasăre / Bird’s Eye View (2017, Rome, Festivalul Desideria, Accademia di Filarmonica Romana) – Romanian modern and contemporary music
  • Sound Fabric (2017, International Bucharest New Music Week, conductor Simona Strungaru) – minimal-repetitive music and contemporary dance (Cristina Lilienfeld) OPERA 9 (2017, part of Project N-ESCU organized by the National “George Enescu” Museum, conductors Vlad Agachi, Simona Strungaru) – contemporary collective opera, 9 scenes – 9 composers, on a libretto by Rucsandra Pop that reinterprets the myth of Oedipus
  • ÎN TRUP (2017-2017) – chamber opera by Diana Rotaru, director Rareş Zaharia, libretto Ciprian Măceşaru, choreography Cristina Lilienfeld, vocal soloists Rodica Vică, Antonela Bârnat
  • Silent Film Night (2012-2016, InnerSound Festival, conductors Gabriel Bebeşelea, Alexandru Mija) – live music for silent experimental short films
  • Diana’s Kitchen (2014, part of ALL INCLUSIVE, created and coordinated by Irinel Anghel, National “George Enescu” Museum) – interactive concert-performance with musical menu and improvised side dishes; guest: Paul Dunca)
  • Frescomania (2014, MERIDIAN and CIMRO DAYS festivals, conductor Vlad Răzvan Baciu) – contemporary variations on an aria by Girolamo Frescobaldi (sec. XVII)

SonoMania is:

Conductor - Simona Strungaru
Flute - Stefan Diaconu
Oboe - Valentin Ghita
Clarinet - Mihai Pintenaru
Violin - Raluca Stratulat / Mircea Grigore Lazar
Viola - Tamara Dica
Cello - Eugen-Bogdan Popa
Piano - Mihai Murariu

Artistic Director: Diana Rotaru

SonoMania's main partner: The National University of Music in Bucharest