Adrian Gagiu is a Romanian composer of symphonic, chamber, vocal and electronic music, mostly in the neo-classical tradition and indebted to Beethoven and Prokofiev, but also rooted in hiscountry's ancient heritage.
While he is self-taught and has started composing first in imagination since he was 14 and then properly on paper since the age of 20, he has taken musical benefit from handbooks, extensive listening, and private talks with various composers such as Remus Georgescu, and also from attending master classes in orchestral conducting led by Ervin Acél. His compositions have been performed in Romania, Brazil and Ukraine, and he has provided the soundtrack, in Ambient style, for the art film Tracking Happiness (2009) by Mircea Cantor (shown in various art museums in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, USA, Australia etc).
Among his more remarkable compositions there are seven symphonies (no. 3 with choir and text from Goethe's Faust and Dante's Divina commedia; no. 4 based on Beethoven's sketches for his Tenth), a violin concerto (commissioned by violinist Peter Rosenberg), two string quartets, a string trio, three piano sonatas, a piano suite, two operas in English (Hamlet, The Brute), two masses, two cantatas, nine motets, a song cycle on poems by Eminescu, a Fantasia for organ, and five albums of electronic music in holy minimalist style.