Violeta Dinescu (b. 1953) began her music studies in 1972 at the Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatory in Bucharest where she studied composition with Myriam Marbe. In 1978, she received a Master’s Degree with distinction. She has also received diplomas in the fields of composition, piano and pedagogics. She started teaching at the George Enescu Music School in Bucharest, giving courses in music history, aesthetics, counterpoint, harmony and piano. In 1980, she joined the Romanian Composers’ Union. Since 1986, she has been teaching at the German Music Academies in Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Bayreuth, and, since 1996, has been a Professor of Applied Composition at the University of Oldenburg. In 1996, she started inviting composers there to a yearly Composition Colloquium. 2009 guests included, among others, Jean-Luc Darbellay and Graham Waterhouse. Violeta Dinescu has been an executive board member of the International League of Women Composers since 1987. Her works have been published by Verlag Dohr and Schott Music among others.