Biography

French-Romanian Diana Cotoman is a violinist and composer, member of Sacem and SACD in France, of the Canadian Music Center, Conseil Québécois de la Musique, Screen Composers Guild of Canada and the Association of Canadian Women Composers in Canada.

Her musical training includes a B.A. in instrumental interpretation, violin, at the University of Arts in Iasi, Romania, graduated in 2002, as well as studies in writing music for video games at the University of Montreal, Canada, in 2017 and a DESS in film music at Montreal’s UQAM, graduated in 2020.

Her musical style could be labeled as neo-tonal or modern romantic and it combines influences inherited from Eastern European folklore and her classical music education, with minimalism, jazz and electro-acoustic explorations. The key word to her musical universe is melody, inherited from her passion for opera.

Her list of works includes symphonic works, operas for young audience, chamber music and music for film and video games. Her works have been played in France, Romania, England, Switzerland, Canada and the United States, and can be found on her YouTube and Soundcloud channels.

She currently lives in Montreal, Canada and teaches violin and music notation softwares at l’Ecole de Musique Vincent d’Indy and composes symphonic music, opera and music for film.

List of works

Symphonic works

Lovely encounter in rainy London, 2016, orchestra (ca. 07:00). Score available from the Canadian Music Center.

Callisto, 2016, concerto for clarinet and chamber orchestra (ca. 11:00). Score available from the Canadian Music Center.

Symphony no.2 2014, orchestra (ca. 51:20). Dochia Orchestra, Diana Cotoman, conducting, Temple des Batignolles, Paris, December 6, 2014. Score available from the Canadian Music Center. Recording available here: https://youtu.be/Y4ALPSPpGzw

Symphony no.1 2012, orchestra (ca. 41:20). Dochia Orchestra, Diana Cotoman, conducting, Eglise Sainte Marie des Batignolles, Paris, October 20, 2012. Score available from the Canadian Music Center. Recording available here: https://youtu.be/tWWloPZWUoE

Poems  2009, mezzo-soprano and orchestra (ca. 22:00). Dochia Orchestra, Diana Cotoman, conducting, Temple des Batignolles, Paris, September 20, 2013. Score and recording available from the composer.

Paintings –  2007, orchestra (ca. 25:00). The Rainbow Symphony Orchestra, John Dawkins, conducting, Oratoire du Louvre, Paris, November 14, 2009. Score available from the Canadian Music Center. https://youtu.be/svyU_PrE5eo

 

Operas

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

Toto’s Oz Musical for young audience (in English). Libretto: Germaine Shames. Duration: 15 minutes. https://dianacotoman.wixsite.com/totosoz

Two pickles in a jar Mini-opera for mezzo-soprano, tenor and piano (in English). Libretto: Diana Cotoman. Duration: 8 minutes.

Musica Opera for young audience in two acts (in French). Libretto: Carole Vujasinovic. Writing in progress.

 

Chamber music

Introspection, 2021, string quartet  (ca. 08 :40). OPRQ, Hôtel Château Laurier, July 9, 2021. Score available from the Canadian Music Center.

Divertimento, 2018, flute trio (ca. 08 :40). Trio Taco, St. George’s Cathedral Kingston, August 9, 2018. Score available from the Canadian Music Center.

Genèse, 2017, violon (ca. 04:05). Diana Cotoman, violin, Salle Claude Champagne, University of Montreal, April 4, 2018. Score available from the composer.

Brass quintet no. 2, 2017, (ca. 10:00). Score available from the composer.

Lamentation, 2017, violon (ca. 04:50). Diana Cotoman, violin, Salle Claude Champagne, University of Montreal, November14, 2017. Score available from the composer.

Contemplation, 2017, string quartet, zheng, piano, flute, clarinet, bassoon (ca. 06:05). Score available from the Canadian Music Center.

Quattro, 2017, string quartet (ca. 12 :00). Score available from the Canadian Music Center.

A walk in Paris, 2016, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, electronics (ca. 05:00). Score and recording available from the composer.

Petit tour du monde, 2016, string chamber orchestra (ca. 05:00). Dokia Orchestra Pontoise, Irina Botezatu, conducting, École de l’Hermitage, Pontoise, Juin 08, 2017.  Score available from the composer.

Détresse, 2016, viola (ca. 04 :00). Cornelia Petroiu, viola, Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, February 26, 2017. Score available from the Canadian Music Center. Recording available here: https://youtu.be/MLZfhvei3cI

Last trio in Paris, 2016, violin, cello and double bass, (ca. 10:00). Score available from the Canadian Music Center.

Divertimento, 2015, flute, oboe and clarinet (ca. 08 :40). Score available from the Canadian Music Center. Recording available here: https://youtu.be/xrE8AQbj67E

Romanian dance, 2015, violin, flute, oboe and clarinet (ca. 01 :40). Score available from the Canadian Music Center. Recording available here: https://youtu.be/dXWwS5CJcRc

Brass quintet no. 1, 2011, (ca. 12:15). Score available from the Canadian Music Center. Recording available here: https://youtu.be/-ziKBF6zTtE

 

Lettres de chair – 2013, four lieder for bass and string quartet (ca. 20:00). Dochia Orchestra, Patrick Alliotte, Diana Cotoman, conducting, Temple des Batignolles, Paris, September 20, 2013. Score available from the Canadian Music Center.

Lieder for soprano and piano (Texts: Paul Verlaine, R.M. Rilke, Amy Levy, W. Shakesperare, Tudor Arghezi, Mihai Eminescu, Otilia Cazimir)

Theatre

Musée haut, musée bas – theatre play by Jean-Michel Ribes. Theatre group Les Pains Perdus at the MainLine Theatre in Montreal (2019)

Music for film and video games

Formation continue 2021/2022 CQM/GMMQ  advertising (Canada) https://youtu.be/0fTYkeMPA_c

Reste en vie – 3D animation film by Cindy Foucault (2020, Canada), winner of the Gala du Cegep du Vieux Montreal 2020, selected to the DaVinci International Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2020 https://vimeo.com/456237172

Il tempo per un caffè – short film by Roberto Zorfini (2018, Canada), selected to the Rendez-Vous Cinéma Festival of Montreal, 2019 https://youtu.be/b_-DxMEdK2c

The night my father died – short film by Eva Serra Agudo (2018, Barcelona), selected to the Sitges Film Festival, 2019  https://youtu.be/XLmGacMmuV8

M. Richard – short film by Didier Belzile and Roxanne St-Arneault (2019, Canada), Award at the Abitibi Témiscamingue Film Festival, 2019 https://youtu.be/TL3sgFUuV_M

Tripertite – short film by Gaby Argay-Faris (2019, Canada) https://youtu.be/f3WwA1Ugf0I

Jacques Laberge – Un professeur sans mots – short film by Didier Belzile (2018, Canada) https://youtu.be/MWszjpRBfjY

Parmi tant d’autres – short film by Gaby Argay-Faris, Lauranne Arrighy, Martin Fluet, Marie Morice and Sarah Soilihi (2018, Canada) https://youtu.be/hAu79g5aA1U

Délice hivernal – 3D animation film by Valérie Lemelin (2018, Canada) https://youtu.be/mlnPu5XuR9Y

Vibrion – animation film by Maël Blais (2019, Canada)

Anya and the magic ink – video game by UQAT students (2017, Canada) https://youtu.be/ZFuMX83W2QQ

Requiem for James Dean – song (in English). Text: Fabien Billaud. Duration: 4 minutes.  Available on vinyl disc, Amazon, Spotify and iTunes. https://youtu.be/ypU7NHFFUSU