Meet Peter

Peter ‘Theodore’ Teodorescu was born in 1983 in Bucharest, Romania and is a composer, vocal coach, singer, pianist, and musician/artist mentor. He is the son of Romanian writer, TV personality, and journalist Cristian Teodorescu.

He graduated from the National University of Music Bucharest with a Bachelor degree in Musical Composition (Classical). His piano mentors were taught by Florica Musicescu, who produced one of the world’s greatest pianists Dinu Lipatti.

Peter was the highest ranked student at Music Theory in the 2000 National Contest Constantin Constantinescu, Bacau, Romania. He also received a scholarship from her Royal Highness Princess Margarete of Romania (2003) in order to promote and tour his original composition works nationally. His music has been performed in concerts and festivals and national radios such as UK, USA, Europe (France, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Romania), and Asia (China).

As a member of SACEM (France), the Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music, and UCMR-ADA (Romania), he receives royalties for his musical compositions that are played Internationally on radio stations, TV, YouTube, and on stage.

Peter is a music publisher and partner with the world leader in digital sheet music, musicnotes.com, who have over 6.5 million customers globally, and have had over 40 million sheet music downloads to date.

He is an active musical director, composer, and arranger for film and theatre, with his most recent project as music director working alongside Aarne Neeme, director of the drama series such as Blue Heelers, All Saints, MDA, Home and Away, Neighbours, and Out of the Blue.

Early Life

Peter began music at the age of 7, as a result of his mother wanting to avoid enrolling him in a local non-musical school known with students of notorious reputations.

As a child he struggled to sight read as a result of dyslexia. This meant that Peter had to develop immaculate hearing for music at a very young age, and has perfect pitch.

The ability to learn a song by ear after hearing it a few times has become a strength. This ability extends to be able to directly create sheet music by hearing a song by ear.

Since the age of 14, and all through his high school years at the Dinu Lipatti Music High School, and university years at the National University of Music Bucharest, Peter had been taught by teachers who studied with the legendary teacher Florica Musicescu. This included the subjects of Music Theory, Harmony, Counterpoint, Orchestra Score Reading, and Piano. His teachers were accomplished pianists that would not accept any less from him.

Florica Musicescu mentored some of the world’s greatest pianists Dinu Lipatti, Dan Grigore, Mindru Katz and Radu Lupu.

Peter had a close mentorship and toured with the composer Iancu Dumitrescu, who had also been mentored by Florica Musicescu.

TV Personalities, XFactor, The Voice, and Eurovision

Before moving to Australia, Peter was the musical adviser, vocal coach, and piano accompanist to the Romanian version of Your Face Sounds Familiar, which is a competition between the finalists of the X Factor, The Voice, Eurovision contestants, and known singers, actors, entertainers and dancers.

Peter was the musical advisor and vocal coach on the ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’ TV series [2011 – 2016] 

Backstage with Season 7 contestants. Backstage with contestants for Season 7 of the TV series ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’. Celebrating Romanian Opera Singer Florin Cezar Ouatu’s birthday. [2015]

‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’ Stage – Rehearsals

Peter was vocal coach to X Factor contestant Anca Cojocaru and The Voice contestant Andrei Vitan

Peter as composer

Tours

Peter has toured all over Europe, UK1, and the USA 23 as a pianist, percussionist, and singer.

As an international composer he wrote in styles encompassing classical, modal, classical avant-garde, and pop music. The works he composed were performed internationally including music festivals, broadcast radio stations, television, and theatre.

As an occasional falsetto singer he collaborated with the most famous instrumentists from Romania such as Ionica MinuneDamian Draghici, and Leonard Iordache.

Playing for an audience of 3000, Bucharest, Romania
2004 Acousmania – Electronic Music Festival Percussionist.

Classical Composition

As an international composer he collaborated as a member of the Hyperion Ensemble while on tour4 5 6 7 8 with Tim Hodgkinson and Chris Cutler.

Peter with French-Romanian composer Horatiu Radulescu. Source: Youtube interview between Horatiu Radulescu and Iancu Dumitrescu

Influences

Peter was influenced greatly by Karlheinz StockhausenIancu DumitrescuAna-Maria AvramVladimir CosmaOctavian NemescuHoratiu Radulescu, and Dona Dumitru Siminica.

Peter’s tribute to Dona Dumitru Siminica at Bucharest, Romania [2013]

From 2003 while studying in parallel at the National Univerisity of Music Bucharest, Peter commenced experimental music, phenomenology, spectral music and esthetics under the close mentorship of Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria AvramHoratiu Radulescu, and Costin Cazaban.

Peter with mentors Ana-Maria Avram and Iancu Dumitrescu [2008]
Peter and Viorel Cosma – Doctor of Musicology and Academician of the National University of Music [2013]

Recordings and Broadcasts

Original Works:

  • Works III (2009) (as composer and soloist percussion)
  • Selected Works (2008) (as composer and soloist percussion)9
  • Works (2005) (as composer, soloist piano and percussion)10 11

Other Contributions on other albums:

Peter collaborated with English musicians and composers Chris Cutler and Tim Hodgkinson on their UK, USA, and European tours

CD Collaborations with Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu:

  • Live In LSO St. Luke’s, London ‎(2012) (as percussionist)
  • Live In London (I) (2010) (as percussionist)16
  • Live In Spark (2008) (as percussionist on two tracks)17 18
  • 2008 (as cello player) – “Un Grain Dans L’Espace”
  • Laboratory (2006) (as percussionist)
  • Remote Pulsar (2005) (as percussionist on 3 tracks)
Spark Festival – February 2008. Part of Hyperion Ensemble on tour with Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu, and Tim Hodgkinson. University of Minnesota

Compositions

  • Tractatus I-XII (for solo wind instruments) 2003-2009
  • Tractatus XIII For Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
  • Composed Orchestral, chamber and electronic music, (Avant-garde music) played by Romanian and International soloists 2003 – 2009
  • Metempsychosis (Gamma) Computer Assisted Music 2008
  • Metempsychosis (Beta) Computer Assisted Music 2008
  • Catharsis (I) Computer Assisted Music And Percussion 2008
  • Metempsychosis (Alpha) For Clarinet And Ensemble 2008
  • Catharsis (II) Computer Assisted Music And Percussion 2008
  • Metempsychosis (Delta) Computer Assisted Music 2008
  • Remix (II)19
  • String Quartet No 2 – 2005
  • Total Eclipse (II) Computer, Sounds, Piano 2005
  • String Quartet No 1 – 2004
  • Stellar Points for two clarinets – 2004
  • Points for Solo Oboe – 2004
  • Rythmogramme (III) for clarinet and ensemble – 2004
  • Spectrogramme (II) Computer, Sounds20
Spark Festival – February 2008. From left to right: Andrei Kivu, Petre Teodorescu, Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana Maria Avram, Gustavo Aguilar on a sunny day at minus 20 degrees – University of Minnesota.
Part of Hyperion Ensemble on tour with Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu

In the Media

Andrei Kivu, Gustavo Aguilar, Tim Hodgkinson, Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana Maria Avram, Peter Teodorescu – 2008 Spark Festival – University of Minnesota

Book Extract

Music of Iancu Dumitrescu

Notes

  1. SPECTRUM XXI, Hyperion Ensemble – November 2008
  2. Harvest Works, An Evening of Fixed Media Electroacoustic Compositions, January 14, 2009
  3. Romanian Cultural Center,Hyperion Ensemble at Spectrum XXI, Belgium, France, UK, November 20, 2008
  4. HyperSpectral Music Portal, Hyperiod Ensemble, London Tour
  5. The Second Edition of the International Festival, MUSICA NOVA ACOUSMATICA, October 24, 2004
  6. Deschiderea Festivalului, May 3, 2005
  7. Siberfest 200
  8. Third International SPECTRAL MUSIC Festival, MUSICA NOVA ACOUSMATICA 2005
  9. Peter Teodorescu – Selected Works CD, 2008
  10. WORKS, Peter Teodorescu 2003-2005
  11. Peter Teodorescu (conductors : Iancu Dumitrescu – Ana-Mara Avram) CD 2005
  12. Tim Hodgkinson, Onsets 2009
  13. Tim Hodgkinson, Onsets, 2006
  14. Tim Hodgkinson, Sketch of Now, Studio Album, 2006
  15. 25th Anniversary Record, GOL-25 Ensemble 1988-2014
  16. Live in London (I), Avram, Ana-Maria / Dumitrescu, Iancu, 2008
  17. Live in Spark, 2008, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  18. Art into Life, Iancu Dumitrescu – Ana-Mari Avram “Live in Spark” CD, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 2008
  19. Asymmetry Music Magazine, Spectrum XXI-2006
  20. Musica Nova Acusmatica la Ploiesti – Bucuresti, October 2004