Mihail Andricu

Mihail (Michael) Andricu (22 December 1894, Bucharest - 4 March 1974, Bucharest ) was a Romanian composer, violinist, and pianist. He studied with Alfonso Castaldi, Robert Klenck and Grigoraș Dinicu.[1] Andricu graduated from the National University of Music Bucharest (1903 to 1912), after which he studied with Gabriel Fauré and Vincent d'Indy in Paris (1926 to 1948).[2] From 1926 to 1948 he was a professor of chamber music and from 1948 to 1959 he was a professor of composition.[2] See: List of music students by teacher: A to B#Mihail Andricu.

A cofounder of the Society of Romanian Composers, he was elected as a corresponding member of the Romanian Academy in 1948, member of the Société française de musicologie, and twice winner of the Enescu Prize, though his work was later suppressed by the government. Censor Leonte Răutu castigated Andricu for admitting or showing an appreciation for contemporary Western classical music.[3] Andricu was expelled from the composers' union in 1959 and his mention was prohibited.[4]

Highly prolific, Andricu composed eleven symphonies, thirteen sinfoniettas, and three chamber symphonies. Specific pieces include a symphonic suite: Cinderella.


  1. "Mihail Andricu", MusicWeb-International.com.
  2. 1 2 "Mihail Andricu", A Romanian Musical Adventure. Accessed February 2016.
  3. Vladimir Tismăneanu, Cristian Vasile (2008). Perfectul acrobat. Leonte Răutu, măștile răului, pp.17, 35, 50–51, 103–104. Humanitas, Bucharest. ISBN 978-973-50-2238-9. (Romanian)
  4. '"Expoziţia "Laureaţi ai premiului naţional de compoziţie 'George Enescu' - Mihail Andricu"'", BiblAcad.ro. Accessed February 2016.
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