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Lavinia Coman

Lavinia Coman was born on November 27, 1940 in the city of Focșani in Vrancea county. Her father was a pharmacist and her mother an accountant. She attended primary school, secondary school and high school in the same city. In the same time, she took piano lessons with Professor Noelia Prisecaru. Between 1959 and 1964 she studied at the “Ciprian Porumbescu” Music Conservatory in Bucharest, at the piano class of the famous soloist Silvia Șerbescu. After graduation, she was assigned as assistant to the lied class of the great lyric artist Nicolae Secăreanu, soloist of the National Opera in Bucharest. Between 1968 and 2007 Mrs Coman taught piano at the keyboard instrument department, where she went through all the steps of the university hierarchy. Among the many disciples she trained, Luiza Borac is an important name, a distinguished pianist, winner of numerous international competitions, who has had an impressive solo career, and who is currently a tenured professor at the Hannover Conservatory. Starting with 1988, Lavinia Coman has held, in parallel, the course of Didactics of the piano instrument, which she is still teaching today. In 2002, she obtained the title of doctor in musicology. During the last three decades, she has conducted programs and training courses for teachers in Romania. She created in this field a professional conversion module, which she organizes at the Valahia University in Târgoviște, being the author of the programs of continuous training of teachers of musical-instrumental specialty organized by the Ministry of Education and Research.

 She developed a wide concert career, as a soloist, in chamber ensembles and as an accompanying partner. She has over 400 concerts and recitals in prestigious theaters, live programs and recordings on Radio and Television. She has been constantly concerned with the promotion of modern and contemporary music, with a special interest for the interpretation of Romanian musical creation, both old and current. She has performed over 100 first auditions in these categories of repertoire and performed also in over 400 public events held in prestigious concert halls in Romania and in Spain, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, Republic of Modova.

As a member of the Union of Composers and Musicologists of Romania, she is part of the office of the musicology department, she has a rich activity of chronicler and music critic, publishing an impressive number of articles, chronicles, reviews, presentations, studies, curated editions, etc. She is the author of the monographic volumes Fréderic Chopin, Franz Liszt, Constantin Silvestri, Silvia Șerbescu, as well as of the books Do you want to be a piano teacher ?, Modern pianism, The Art School in the Golden Age, From the memories of a high school director. She received the U.C.M.R. Prize for musical creation in 2006 and 2014. She was also offered the Excellence Award from the Music News Magazine for 2018. She is specialized in Catalan language and culture, promotes Romanian-Catalan cultural relations, especially in the field of music. For her activity in this field, the Institute of External Promotion of Catalan Culture in Barcelona offered her in 2018 the Josep Maria Batista i Roca, Memorial Enric Garriga Trullols Prize.