Cătălin Crețu

(b. 8 September 1971, Petroșani).

Romanian composer of mostly chamber, choral, piano, and multimedia works that have been performed in Europe.

Mr. Crețu studied at a music school in Petroșani from 1977–85 and studied electromechanics at the Universitatea din Petroșani from 1990–95. He studied musical pedagogy at the Universitatea de Vest in Timișoara from 1993–95 and studied pedagogy at the Universitatea Națională de Muzică București from 1995–98, where he also studied composition with Dan Dediu and Adrian Iorgulescu from 1996–2001 and where he earned his DMus with Octavian Nemescu in 2008. He also studied with Peter Michael Hamel at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg in 2001–02, as a student of the Erasmus Programme, and multimedia composition with Georg Hajdu there from 2005–07. He had postgraduate studies at the Institut de studii avansate of the Colegiul Noua Europă in Bucharest in 2004–05.

Among his honours is a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (2009), on the grant George Enescu from the Institutul Cultural Român in Bucharest. His music has been performed in France, Germany and Romania.

He is also active in other positions. He served as music secretary at the Universitatea Națională de Muzică București from 2002–08, where he has worked as a researcher at the Centrul de Muzică electroacustică și Multimedia since 2008.


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Études, 2000

Ollecello (concerto), cello, orchestra, 2001


Sonatina, violin, piano, 1997

Ciaccona malinconica, violin, cello, piano, 1998

String Quartet, 1998

Quintet, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1999

Antiphonia, 6 trumpets, 2002

Octet, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, 2002

Die Metamorphose von Bruder Jakob, 8 cellos, 2005


Prayer (text from a traditional prayer for children from Romania), children's chorus, cello, 1998

Cantata (vocalise), soprano, mixed chorus, flute, oboe, clarinet, 3 trombones, violin, viola, cello, fixed media, 2003

Cum se mai poate compune astăzi un imn naționalHow to Write a National Anthem Today (text by Irina Botea), mixed chorus, 2009


Inventions, 1996

Theme with Variations, 1996

Sonata, 1997


Études, fixed media, 2002


The dark side of the XII, Disklavier, 2006 (also version with film)


Entfremdetes Ich oder die Anatomie des Schattens, cello, live electronics, live film, 2007

Urban alchemy (vocalise), soprano, flute, clarinet, French horn, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, fixed media, live electronics, film (by the composer), live film, 2008

The dark side of the XII, Disklavier, film (by the composer), 2008 (version of algorithmic composition)