Dan Dediu was born on 16th March 1967 in Braila, Romania. He graduated composition at the Music University in Bucharest (1989) and attended post-graduate courses at HMdK in Vienna (1990/91). Scholar- and Fellowships were offered by 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 Stefan 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, IRCAM, Paris (1994), Dediu was in 1999, 2001, 2007/8 artistic director of the New Music Festival in Bucharest “International Week of New Music”. Since 2003 leads Profil-Sinfonietta Bucharest, in the same year was appointed Professor for Composition and in 2008 was elected 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 150 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 consists every time in an alternation of good perceptible sonorities, pithy microuniverses.” (Lothar Knessl).