- Octavian Cosma
(b Bucharest, May 5, 1952). Romanian composer. After attending the George Enescu Lyceum she studied composition with Marbe and Dan Constantinescu at the Bucharest Academy (1971–5), winning the academy's composition prize in 1971. In 1980 Ciobanu attended classes in Darmstadt. She began to teach music at her high school and at the Academy of Theatre and Film in Bucharest. In 1992 she founded the contemporary instrumental group Alternative, which she directs. Ciobanu's compositional style is informed by a desire to move away from conventional models by renewing the available means of expression, often involving the use of percussive and electronic resources. Her music is harmonically diverse and rich in ostinato and rhythmic impetus. Her study of the relationship between sound and movement has resulted in scores of great choreographic potential, for example Trei Sculpturi for string quartet (1981), in which Ciobanu pays homage to the sculptor Constantin Brancusi and intertwines a recitation of a text by the poet Lucian Blaga....