MIRCEA TIBERIAN | TOMA DIMITRIU
Toma Dimitriu - piano
Mircea Tiberian was born in Cluj in 1955. He spent his childhood and teenage years in Sibiu, where he also made his debut at the Sibiu International Jazz Festival in 1974. Throughout his career, he collaborated with foreign musicians such as Larry Coryell, Tomasz Stanko, Herb Robertson, John Betsch, Lisle Ellis, Maurice de Martin, Chris Dahlgren, Horst Nonnenmacher, Adam Pieronczyk, Theo Jorgensmann, Nicolas Simion and also with remarkable Romanian musicians such as Johnny Răducanu, Anca Parghel, Dan Mîndrilă.
As a pianist and composer, he works in various jazz, improvisational and new music groups. His work in the last 20 years is documented in 19 albums, among which Magic Bird, Never Ending Story, Working Underground, Alone in Heaven, Hotel of Three Beginnings, Back To My Angel, Eleven, Viaţa lumii, Trei lumini, Palindrome.
Mircea Tiberian has a doctorate in music (PhD) and teaches at the National University of Music in Bucharest, where he coordinates the Jazz Department, which he also founded in 1991. Since 2004 he is also a teacher at the ICon Arts Academy in Sibiu. He was a recipient of The Romanian Composers' and Musicologists' Union Prize (1990, 1996, 2000, 2003), The Romanian Musician Of The Year Prize (2003, 2007, 2008) as well as The Enescu-Brâncuşi Scholarship, offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute in 2006.
Toma Dimitriu is a jazz piano player and composer, born in Bucharest in 1993. He received a classical piano instruction at the High School of Music "George Enescu”. Since 2012, he is student at Jazz Deparment - Prins Claus Conservatoire in Groningen, Holland. Here, he has the opportunity to study with notorious jazz piano players, like David Berkman, Spike Wilner, Kevin Hays, Marc van Roon, Rob van Bavel, Jasper Soffers.
Toma loves the sonorities and styles of traditional jazz, however, he approaches music in a new way, by discovering - in a contemporary key - his own colours in jazz compositions and by his openness to free jazz. Some of these choices can be traced in his first CD, "The Pale Dot" recorded in 2015 - a piano duet performed with Mircea Tiberian. The album was successful among both Romanian listeners and music critics.
An active musician on both the national and the international scenes and festivals, Toma won numerous awards, such as "Jazz Composition Award" 2012 - Bucharest, "The confirmation of the Year" - Romanian Jazz Awards for 2011, "Grand Prize" with New Wave Student trio - Jazz Gala, Sibiu - Romania; "Best Individual Performance" - International Jazz Festival for Students 2011 - Targu Mureş; "Berklee / Umbria Jazz Clinics" Award 2010, Perugia, etc.