SORIN LERESCU was born in Craiova, Romania, on 14 November 1953. He studied composition at the National University of Music in Bucharest with Tiberiu Olah and Anatol Vieru. Postgraduate studies with Ton de Leeuw, Brian Ferneyhough, Morton Feldman. He earned his PhD at the “Gheorghe Dima” Academy of Music in Cluj-Napoca in 1999 with Ede Terényi.
In 1982 he founded the TRAIECT New Music Group (ATM Prize in 1983) which presented to the public, both at home and abroad, a large number of contemporary works, covering a broad spectrum of styles and aesthetic trends characteristic to the new music.
President of the Romanian Section of ISCM (2003-2013). Artistic Director and Co-Artistic Director of the INTERNATIONAL NEW MUSIC WEEK in Bucharest (2004, 2009) and of the MERIDIAN, ISCM-Romanian Section International Festival in Bucharest (2005-2012). He founded (in 1997) and directs the MEETINGS OF NEW MUSIC Festival in Braila (Romania).
In October 2001 Sorin Lerescu was invited in Italy as a composition professor at the Istituto Musicale “Achille Peri” in Reggio Emilia. In november 2003 he was a member of the International Composition Jury of the “Valentino Bucchi” Competition in Rome , as well as invited professor (master class in composition). Member of International Jury of the ISCM-CASH Young Composition Award 2006 – ISCM World New Music Days 2006 Stuttgart (Germany). In 2008 he was invited as a composition professor at the Faculty of Music – West University of Timisoara (Romania). President of the International Jury of composition in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) (in 2008), member of the International Jury of composition in Sofia (Bulgaria) (in 2010 and 2013) and Curitiba (Brazil) (in 2011).
In 2014, Sorin Lerescu was invited to hold lectures on his music and Romanian contemporary music in the United States in Minneapolis (MN) at the Anderson Music Building of Augsburg College, at the University of Minnesota – Institute for Global Studies and at James Dillon’s composition class at the University of Minnesota’s School of Music.
The Prize of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists for chamber music (2003), The Romanian Academy’s 2003 “George Enescu” Award for Musical Creation, The Cultural Merit, Bucharest (2004).
His creation includes: 6 symphonies, 5 concertos, 2 cantatas, instrumental and vocal-instrumental music, electronic music and an opera, URMUZICA.
Scores by Sorin Lerescu were published by: EDITURA MUZICALĂ, CIMRO (Bucharest, Romania), CARCIOFOLI Verlagshaus (Zürich, Switzerland) and LUCIAN BADIAN EDITIONS (Ottawa, Canada).
Some of his compositions have been recorded on LPs, audio cassettes or CDs: in Romania, by the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Society, ELECTRECORD, INTERCONT MUSIC, Star Media Music, the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists (UCMR); in UK by METTIER Sound & Vision Ltd., in Australia by MOVE RECORDS, in France by NOVA MUSICA.
He currently teaches counterpoint and composition at Spiru Haret University Bucharest.