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Adrian Mocanu

Adrian Mocanu (also spelled Mokanu) is a composer born in 1989 in Kyiv. He studied music composition at the National Music Academy of Ukraine and completed his postgraduate studies at Centro Superior de Enseñanza Musical Katarina Gurska in Madrid. He received the Gaude Polonia scholarship of the Ministry of Culture of Poland and took classes at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in 2019. In 2022 he was granted a scholarship from the Academy of Fine Arts of Paris for an art residency at Casa de Velázquez in Madrid. During 2021/22, he was one of the fellow composers in the ‘Postcolonial Recherche’ project with Ensemble Recherche.

Festivals where Mocanu’s music was played include the Warsaw Autumn, musikprotokoll (Graz), Rossi Fest (Belgrade), Dias de Música Electroacústica (Lisbon), VANG. Músicas en vanguardia (Madrid), Festival Mixtur (Barcelona), and Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival (New York). His works were performed in Ukraine, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Brazil, and the USA.

Selected works

metamorphoses: nychterídes for large ensemble (2019)

performed by European Workshop for Contemporary Music

27 September 2019, Warsaw Autumn festival


waren wir, sind wir, werden for mezzo-soprano, cello and piano (2020) 

performed by Ana Radovanović, Jasmina Vrbanić, Vanja Šćepanović

27 January 2021, Rossi Fest, Belgrade


este amoroso tormento for soprano and bass flute (2018)

performed by Anima Vox Duo 

2019, Latino Voices Project, CD release


lamento de metal, rumor de alambre, voz de junco, también latido, vena for bass flute, tenor saxophone and piano (2019)

performed by Barcelona Modern Ensemble

20 May 2019, Sampler Series at L'Auditori de Barcelona


ecos en una cuerda for piano (2018)

performed by Ricardo Descalzo

24 April 2018, Festival Mixtur, Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona


sólo queda el desierto for large orchestra (2016)

performed by Armonia Ludus Orchestra

September 2016, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv



2022 Finalist of XXXIII Young Composer Prize by SGAE/CNDM (Madrid)

2022 2nd prize of 5th Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition (Vienna)

2021 Winner of Borys Liatoshynskyi Composition Competition (Kharkiv)

2019 2nd prize of IV International Composition Competition GMCL/Jorge Peixinho (Lisbon)

2017 Winner of Frederic Mompou International Award (Barcelona)

Funded by the Stabilisation Fund for Culture and Education of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut. goethe.de

Project team: Les Vynogradov, Albert Saprykin, Mariia Tytova, Polina Horodyska, Daria Vdovina, Dmytro Babenko, Olha Sauh