Universitatea Națională de Muzică București [National University of Music Bucharest]
- Antigona Rădulescu
[National University of Music Bucharest]
Romanian university based in Bucharest. It traces its origins to the Music and Declamation Conservatory founded in 1864 during the reign of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza. Originally it made efforts to condense and stabilize a coherent artistic education addressed to both musicians and dramatic artists. Its first directors, Alexandru Flechtenmacher, Eduard Wachmann, and Dimitrie Popovici-Bayreuth, directed their efforts to the make-up of the professorial body in order to attract instructors capable of producing musicians and actors of the highest calibre, and to raising the level of education so that it equalled that of other, comparable European music educational institutions. The school’s activities at the beginning of the 20th century focused on optimizing the educational process, widening the areas of specialization (from piano, violin, and harmony to composition and choral and orchestral studies). In 1907 its name changed once more to the Music and Dramatic Arts Conservatory in Bucharest.