One of the most original musical languages in Eastern-Europe, Romanian composer Doina Rotaru was born in 1951, in Bucharest. She studied composition at the National University of Music in Bucharest, between 1970 and 1975, with - among others - Tiberiu Olah. Since 1996 she has been a professor of composition and, between 2008 - 2013, the head of the composition department at the same University. In 1991 she obtained a scholarship in Holland (Amsterdam) where she studied with Theo Loevendie.
She has written so far over 100 works that cover almost every musical genre: from solo, chamber, choral to orchestral works, from works that mix instrumental with electronic music to theater music.
Her music has been performed in many concerts and festivals all over the world : Europe, Far-East, Australia, Canada and South-America - some of these being "author concerts". Some of Doina Rotaru's works have been commissioned by Warsaw Autumn, Radio France, Radio Graz, Suntory Hall Tokyo, French Ministry of Culture, Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, ensembles and soloists from France, Germany, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Switzerland.
Doina Rotaru was awarded prizes by the Romanian Academy (Bucharest,1996) and the Romanian Composers' Association (UCMR, Bucharest, 1981, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2004 and 2007). For her 2nd Symphony, she won in 1994 the first prize at the Gedok - Mannheim International Competition (Germany).
She was invited as a lecturer about her music in Germany (Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music - 1992, 1994), Holland (Amsterdam, Gaudeamus International Composers’ Workshop - 1990,1992 ), UK ( Huddersfield University - 1995, Brighton - 1995), Japan (Tokyo Suntory Hall - 1998, 2001) and Iceland (Skalholt, 2006).
Doina Rotaru has been invited to take part in international juries for composition competition in France (Paris, 2002, 2006), Slovenia (Ljublijana, 2004) and Romania (Bucharest, 2006).
Since 1998 she also has a PhD in Musicology at the National University of Music in Bucharest, with the dissertation Contemporary composers and archaic traditions. Her teaching career has led to the writing of two school books, in collaboration with fellow professor Liviu Comes: Counterpoint School Book for Music Highschools (Ed. Didactica, 1977) and Vocal and Instrumental Counterpoint Treatise (Ed. Muzicala, 1987).
She has been a guest so far in over 50 radio and television transmissions.
In 1998 and 2009 she was the Artistic Director of the International Contemporary Music Week festival in Bucharest.
Her works are published by the Musical Publishing House (Editura Muzicala) in Bucharest, Leduc and H.Lemoine, Paris, as well as Babel Scores.