French-Romanian Diana Cotoman is a violinist and composer, member of the French SACEM and SACD.
After an initial training in Romania as a professional violinist, Diana spends 15 years in Paris and develops her musical spectrum teaching, conducting and composing.
Her musical style combines influences inherited from Eastern European folklore, her classical music education and minimalism, jazz and electro-acoustic explorations. The key word to her musical universe is melody, inherited from her passion for opera.
She now lives in Montreal, Canada, and explores scoring for films and video games.
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 and can be listened on Soundcloud and her YouTube channel.
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, Amy Levy, 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)
Music for films and video games
The night my father died – short film by Eva Serra Agudo (Barcelona)
Délice hivernal – 3D animation film de Valérie Lemelin (Montreal)
Anya and the magic ink – video game
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.