Dan Dediu was born on March 16, 1967 in Brăila, Romania. He graduated composition at the Music University in Bucharest (1989) and attended post-graduate courses at the HMdK in Vienna (1990/91). Scholar- and Fellowships were offered by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation – Hamburg, Alban Berg Foundation – Vienna, New Europe College – Bucharest, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Zuger Kulturstiftung Landis & Gyr – Switzerland, Bavarian Ministry for Culture – Germany. Among his teachers one could name the composers Ștefan Niculescu, Dan Constantinescu and Francis Burt. Guest Lecturer at Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland (1994), invited for the Summer Workshop in Computing for Composers at IRCAM, Paris (1994), Dediu was in 1999, 2001, 2007/8 and from 2016 onwards artistic director of the New Music Festival in Bucharest International Week of New Music. Since 2003 he leads the Profil-Sinfonietta Bucharest, in the same year was appointed professor for composition and between 2008 and 2016 he was rector of the National University of Music, Bucharest.
He received prizes and awards for composition in Vienna, London, Paris, Berlin, Budapest, Bucharest, Dresden, Ludwigshafen. His over 170 works are world-wide performed and produced on CDs by Albany Records, Cavalli and NEOS.
“The music of Dan Dediu could be described as versatile, nervous, with a specific feature of dynamic restlessness. He works with forms, which consist every time in an alternation of good perceptible sonorities, pithy microuniverses.” (Lothar Knessl)