RIP: Ana-Maria Avram, hyper-spectral composer and co-conductor of Hyperion Ensemble with Iancu Dumitrescu

RIP: Ana-Maria Avram, hyper-spectral composer and co-conductor of Hyperion Ensemble with Iancu Dumitrescu
Ana-Marie Avram with her husband Iancu Dumitrescu

Romanian composer, pianist, and conductor Ana-Maria Avram died on Tuesday, August 1. News of her death has been reported by artists she’s worked with, including Stephen O’Malley (Sunn O))), Ideologic Organ) and Shmil Frankel of Hyperion Ensemble. She was 55 years old.

Since 1988, Ana-Maria Avram had been a member and co-conductor of Hyperion Ensemble with her husband Iancu Dumitrescu, who together pushed the Romanian avant-garde into the hyper-spectral realm. She has composed somewhere around 150 works and over 300 combined with Dumitrescu, including compositions for soloists, orchestras, and chamber ensembles, as well as works based in electronics and computers.

From Shmil Frankel of Hyperion Ensemble:

so sad to hear of Ana Maria Avram’s untimely death. she was a friend, an inspiration, making music with her demand every bit of creativity and musical knowhow and always gave the greatest satisfaction of being a part of really special music. I will never forget what you taught me, your support and belief in me and how funny and unique of a person you are. all of us at Hyperion ensemble are devastated and will always cherish the time we had with you. my deepest condolences to Iancu, who loves you so much . rest in peace, I am sure that even that, you would do in your own special way. beloved friend and mentor

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