About Archaeus

20 years ago, a group of outstanding performers, lead by Liviu Danceanu, joined to form a chamber ensemble called Archaeus, which significantly declares to be a “contemporary music workshop”. This initiative was at the time a necessity vital to the musical modernization in Romanian culture. A “workshop” was to be born, not only for the exemplary concert performance of Romanian and foreign contemporary music, but also for the improvement of its acknowledgement by the music fan public, still undergoing a process of maturing in our country.
As years went by, the project of this generation debut was fully accomplished. Hundreds of works (including first auditions) of several hundred composers  throughout the world, hundreds of concerts in dozens if towns in over 20 countries, then hundreds minutes of music recorded with over ten editing houses in Romania and abroad or dozens of audio tapes and compact discs etc. – all this prove that Archaeus is much more than just a successful ensemble. For, with only a handful of people, this ensemble has acted as a real institution. Archaeus is one of the few successful Romanian solutions for spreading modern culture intro the world. By itself however, Archaeus didn’t succeed in forming a constant, informed public for the XXth century’s music. Especially since the majority of our musical institutions ignore and reject this international culture. Arcaheus has found abroad the public that not only applauds it, but also invites it there to perform on regular basis. The Director and the rest of the members of the Archaeus ensemble showed great courage, spirit of sacrifice and idealism in their struggle against a home environment, if not hostile at least indifferent. The professionalism, the talent, the outstanding performances as well as the dedication, the passion for originality and responsibility towards the letter and the spirit of the played score, all this has placed their achievements among the most luminous pages of the Romanian history of contemporary art.

Stefan Niculescu


Curriculum Vitae

The ARCHAEUS workshop of contemporary music, of “Tinerimea Romana” National Cultural Center in Bucharest, came into being in October 1985. They engaged in an intense activity of new music promotion, by participating in numerous musical events in Romania, Albania, Austria, Bulgarie, The Czech Republic, Denmark England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Macedonia, Moldavia, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, U.S.A., as well as in a lot of other festivals which took place in Romania (: “George Enescu” – Bucharest, “SIMN” – Bucharest, “Meridian” – Bucharest, “Contemporary Music Days” – Bacau, “Cluj-Modern”, “Craiona Muzicala” “Festum Musicae”- Iasi “Timisoara Muzicala”, “Inter-Media” - Arad), and abroad (:“Spaziomusica” – Cagliari, “Antidogma Musica” – Torino, Huddersfield Festival, “Romaeuropa”, “Musique en Scène” – Lyon, “ENSEMS” – Valencia, “Spring in Bratislava”, “New Music Days” – Chisinau, “Extasis” – Geneve, “Synthesis” – Bourges, “Music of our Age” – Budapest, “Trieste Prima”, “Musica Nova” – Sofia, “International, Review of Contemporary Music’ – Belgrad, “Time of Music” – Viitasaari, “Alpi Marittime” – Ormea, “New Chamber Music” – Tirana, “Moscow Autumn”, ”Incontri con la Musica Contemporanea” – Bergamo, “Aspekte” – Salzburg, “FIMCA” – Alicante, “Days of Macedonian Music” – Skopje, “Neue Musik-Neue Klänge” – Köln, “Jours de Musique Contemporaine” – Blois etc). They rendered over 700 works, belonging to about 380 composers. Also, ARCHAEUS has recorded almost 30 CDs, thousands of minutes of Radio and TV recordings and has recorded soundtracks for over 20 movies. The ensemble also approaches old Byzantine music, classical music, jazz and film music.
Prizes and awards: The ATM prize for the quality of the presentation of several Romanian first auditions (1987); The UCMR prize (1990); The Romanian Music Critics’ Award (1991); The UCMR prize for promoting Romanian contemporary music (1992); The SOROS prize (1997); The Merit Diploma “Charm of the Lower Danube” – Bratislava (2001), The Gratitude Diploma “Mitropolia Banatului” – Timisoara (2002); The Merit Diploma “Nicolas Constantin Fotino” (2004); The Honor Diploma “Filarmonica Banatul” in Timisoara (2004); The Medal of Honor “Hochschule für Musik – München (2005); The Cultural Merit Medal (2005); The Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists Award (2006).
Since 1997,  Archaeus ensemble organizes the “Archaeus” festival in every October in Bucharest.

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