Member of the French equivalent of the Performing Rights Society for Music, the SACEM and of the SACD, the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers, Romanian born Diana Cotoman began her musical journey as a violinist. Graduate from the University of Arts « George Enescu » from Iasi, her hometown, she played for three years among the first violins of the Romanian National Opera House in Iasi, before moving to Paris in 2002, where she continued her musical career and expanded it also to teaching.
As a violinist, she worked with several Parisian orchestras, as well as a concerto soloist (Bach’s Concerto for two violins in D minor, Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante ) and chamber music recitalist (violin and viola duo, string quartet). From 2005 to 2017, when she moved to Montreal, she was the first solo violin of the Ecce Cantus and Choeur Battant orchestras, conducted by Martina Niernhaussen.
Driven by the desire to communicate the love for the violin and for playing in ensembles, Diana created in 2008 an amateur orchestra for her students, the Dochia Orchestra Junior, which performed more than 20 concerts.
Composition came naturally, out of the desire to express through music images, memories, imaginary travels. In her works, Diana develops an original style, combining influences inherited from Romanian folk music, her classical music education and her passion for the opera and minimalism. The key word to her musical universe is melody.
Her list of works includes symphonic works, operas, as well as chamber music. Her compositions have been played in France, Romania, England, Switzerland, Canada and the United States. Several have been recorded on CD and vinyl disc.
She now lives in Montreal, Canada, and explores scoring for films and video games.
List of works
Paintings – Symphonic suite. Duration: 25 minutes. First performance in 2009. Available on CD and You Tube.
Poems – Suite for mezzo-soprano and orchestra. Text: Diana Cotoman (in French). Duration: 22 minutes. First performance in 2013. Available on CD.
Symphony no.1 Duration: 45 minutes. First performance in 2012. Available on CD and You Tube.
Symphony no.2 Duration: 50 minutes. First performance in 2014. Available on CD and You Tube
London Overture – Symphonic suite. Duration: 12 minutes.
Callisto – Concerto for clarinet and chamber orchestra. Duration: 11 minutes.
Le lutin artiste Opera for young audience in one act (in French and in Romanian). Libretto: Carole Vujasinovic. Duration: 60 minutes. Premiered in 2014. Video excerpts on You Tube. www.lutinartiste.com
Musica Opera for young audience in two acts (in French). Libretto: Carole Vujasinovic. Writing in progress.
Kissing Jessica Stein – Opera in three acts (in English). Libretto: Diana Cotoman, adapted from the movie script by Jennifer Westfeldt and Heather Juergensen. Duration: 145 minutes.
Brass quintet no. 1 Duration: 12 minutes. Available on CD and You Tube
Brass quintet no. 2 Duration: 10 minutes. Available on Soundcloud
Divertimento for flute, oboe and clarinet Duration: 8 minutes. Available on You Tube
4 strings on 4 notes – String quartet. Duration: 12 minutes.
Last trio in Paris – Trio for violin, cello and bass. Duration: 10 minutes.
String quartet in three mouvements. Duration: 12 minutes. First performance in 2013.
Lettres de chair – Song cycle of four lieder for bass and string quartet. Text: Patrick Alliotte (in French). Duration: 20 minutes. First performance in 2013.
Lieder for soprano and piano (Texts: Paul Verlaine, R.M. Rilke, Tudor Arghezi, Mihai Eminescu, Otilia Cazimir)
Pieces for chamber ensembles (Romanian dance, Contemplation, A walk in Paris, C’est Noël, Petite suite de Noël , Souvenir, Interlude)
Requiem for James Dean – song (in English). Text: Fabien Billaud. Duration: 4 minutes. Music video on You Tube. Available on vinyl disc, Amazon, Spotify and iTunes.
Requiem pro James Dean – SATB choir (in Latin). Text by Fabien Billaud. Duration: 4 minutes. Available on vinyl disc, Amazon, Spotify and iTunes.
Anya and the magic ink – video game