Emil Sein

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music; Saxophone Instructor Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Email: es189@nyu.edu
Education: BA, Lyceum of Music I. Vidu, Timisoara; Degree in Music, West University of Timisoara; PhD candidate, Bucharest University of Music

Research Areas: a new music performance, contemporary vanguard music, dance, multimedia;


Emil Sein, a native of Timisoara (Romania), is one of the most important Romanian artists of his generation. Clarinetist, saxophonist, and knowledgeable of various wind instruments as tilinca, ocarina, didgeridoo, midi controller over his international career.

Emil Sein studied and was much inspired by many famous teachers and performers as Aurelian O. Popa(clarinet), Constantin Bugeanu(orchestra conductor studies), and Daniel Kientz(saxophone).

Emil Sein has been consecutively awarded as one of the best performers at competitions as:

  • 1986 First Prize in the Contemporary music section Bucci Valentino Roma (Carnyx) ITALY
  • 1990 State Prize of the Society of Romanian Composers RUMANIA
  • 1990 Stipendpreis Festival of New Music in Darmstadt GERMANY
  • 1992 Kranichsteinpreis New Music Festival in Darmstadt GERMANY
  • 1995 ANMC Award in New York UNIVERSITY the USA
  • 1994 1999 Distinguished PERFORMER in residence New York UNIVERSITY
  • 1998, 1999 International New Music Award New York University USA
  • 2000 2013 Wind band teacher and conductor of Frigiliana Municipal Band, Spain
  • 2013 2014 First Conservatory of Music Phnom Penh, Cambodia Wind teacher, and wind ensemble of Foundation year of the Institution.
  • 2014 Current Music instrumental teacher Al Yasat Private School Abu Dhabi
  • 2014 NYUAbu Dhabi Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Saxophone teacher
  • 2018 Ministry of Culture Abu Dhabi Windwood Teacher selected for a New Educational Project

As a soloist, member and founder of the Trio Contraste (1980 2002), has conducted performances such as:

  • George Enescu Romanian Festival 1998
  • Festival of New Music Darmstadt Germany (1990 1992)
  • New Music Festival in Bogota Colombia 1993
  • Festival of New Music Huddersfield Gran Britain (1993 1995 1996)
  • ANMC Italy Padova 1996
  • Festival Series INMC Lincoln Center U.S. 1996 1998
  • New Music Festival Bamberg Germany 2001
  • Festival of New Music for Bayreuth Germany 2002

In addition to his position as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra "Banatul" Timisoara RUMANIA, he had the opportunity to perform together with famous conductors and musicians as A. Khachaturian, G. Shostakovich, G. Rozhdestvensky, C. Bugeanu, S. Wislovski, I. Conta, C. Mandeal, H. Andreescu, and soloists as I. Gitles, R. Ricci, M. Mincev, D. Bashchirov, R. Kerer, G. Kremer, V. Spivakov, J. Suk, D. Safran, N. Orlov, V. Tretyakov, R. Aldulescu.

Emil Sein has been also invited as a performer or teacher to various music institutions of the USA, Europe, Asia being much appreciated his teachings about :

  • music interpretation techniques
  • a new technique of playing saxophone and clarinet
  • a new technique of playing simultaneously to two and three saxophones

Emil Sein has been invited to teach in many other institutions but the most remarkable are:

  • 1990 Paris Intercontemporan
  • 1994 Darmstadt, Germany New Music for Composers Festival
  • 1994 1999 Distinguished Performer in Residence New York University
  • 1994 1999 Visiting Performer in Kingsborough Community College (City University of New York)
  • 1995 Hong Kong New Music Techniques Masterclass
  • 1995 China New music techniques Masterclass
  • 1995 1996 Professor at the Academy "Ivo Pogorelich" Croatia
  • 1995 1996 University of Huddersfield, UK Master of Music Interpretation
  • 1995 East-West University of Chicago Music interpretation Masterclass
  • 1996 University of Oldenburg New techniques of contemporary music Masterclass
  • 1997 Achen, Germany Hochschule Master
  • 1997 Taiwan New techniques of playing new music Masterclass
  • 1997 Performer invited for teaching at Bergen College New Jersey
  • 1998 Performer invited for teaching at Tulane University (New Orleans)
  • 2005 2010 University of Malaga, Spain New techniques on clarinet, saxophone

Masterclass
Also noteworthy performances as a specialist in chamber music:

  • Heidelberg, Tubingen, Baden Baden, Berlin, Bremen, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Paris, Luxemburg, Manchester, Budapest, Beijing, Tel Aviv, Seoul, Jerusalem.

He has recorded more than twenty CDs with various record labels such as VTCD Hungary, RRB Corporation, ReR Megacorp, Boulli Diffusion, Capstone Records, Cavali Records, MPS Music video, releasing more than 500 works and contemporary music concerts.

Emil Sein has performed pieces composed specially for him by composers as: Liggeti, Xenaxis, D. Ghezzo, J. Gilbert, R. Rowe, R. Mazurek, C. Guedes, M. Babbitt, A. Vieru, J. Cage, L. Foss and many other composers from countries as Romania, Hungary, Italy, Holland, France, Germany, Spain, UK, USA, Korea, South America and Ireland.

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