Promotion of the debut album
Calin Huma is now supported in the German-speaking countries by the agency "Klassik21" of Dr. Rainer Aschemeier. Rainer Aschemeier was an editor for renowned book publishers and music journalist for high-circulation music magazines and daily newspapers for several years before he took over the management of press and public relations for NAXOS Germany for more than five years. In March 2020, he founded "Klassik21" as a professional PR agency for artists, labels, and organisations in the classical music industry. For Calin Huma, "Klassik21" carries out, among other things, the album promotion of the debut album.
MUSICIAN OF THE MONTH
Awarded by D MAJOR - Space for Classic - on February 28, 2020.
#LivePremiere - 31 March 2020 on D Major TV Facebook page!
Alida Altemburg will take you to the Carpathian Mountains with our amazing associate Composer Calin Huma with this great interview!
CLASSICAL SOURCE REVIEW
by Robert Matthew-Walker
Romanian Cultural Institute in London live, 21 April 2020
“I soul a t i o n” with composer Calin Huma
Professor at Conservatorio di Musica di Adria and Composer
"Your music tells about your life, your personal experience, the idea of modulations make me think about a long travel. A lot of music today doesn't sound like this, it's too built or tries to wink at stylistic or cliche customs, yours is very original, in a re-evaluation of tradition and tonality."
I never know what surprises a package from Command Central is going to bring; and truth be told, after listening to the new arrivals, not a few of them go right back to where they came from. As readers and colleagues know, music of Modernist tendencies—I’m talking about the real hardcore stuff—is not my thing, and I’m generally wary of composers born after World War II, though there have been quite a few exceptions.
Călin Humă, whom I had never heard of before, as I suspect not many others have either, is one of those exceptions. He was born in 1965 in the region of Romania known as Moldavia. Quoting from Guild’s album note, “Humă was able to follow a commercial career alongside his musical studies before being appointed Romanian Honorary Consul to the United Kingdom.
He has lived and worked in Britain for over twenty years, his diplomatic duties running alongside his development as a composer. Humă is not a prolific composer. He has been a slow developer in arriving at his mature work, which has been mostly concerned in recent years with larger symphonic forms, at the head of which stand two symphonies (2015 and 2019) and the Symphony-Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (2018).”
Jerry Dubins, Fanfare Magazine, USA
Călin Humă was born in Iasi, Romania, and has lived in Britain for over two decades. Following high school, and periods of compulsory military service, he began a career in sales before joining Rank Xerox in 1992 as Country Manager for the Republic of Moldova. During this period of creating connections between east and west, he strengthened ties between County Councils under the auspices of the Assembly of the European Regions, a platform that first introduced him to Hampshire.
In 1998 he enrolled at the University of Southampton studying political science at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Throughout his studies, he continued to advise British companies on entering the Romanian and Moldovan markets, also working for a time as a research assistant in the House of Commons.
Married since 1986, his wife, Claudia, and daughter, Ruxandra moved to the UK in 2000. Since joining Calin, Claudia has worked in the NHS where she is now a senior operating theatre nurse. She also completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and Clinical Practice at the University of Southampton. Ruxandra is similarly accomplished having a Master's degree in pianoforte from Trinity Laban Conservatoire in Greenwich. She managed the PCOL, Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London, also working full-time for an international humanitarian relief charity.
Honorary Consul for Romania
Calin was appointed Romanian Government as an Honorary Consul covering the SE of the UK promoting Romania’s political and economic goals at local government level, political leaders, and media.
Being a citizen of two worlds, constitute an abundant reservoir from which Călin extracts his inspiration, such as the Symphony No.1 after the Carpathian Mountains and the Symphony No.2 after Hampshire.
Călin's compositions have been described as Neo-Romantic in style, seeking the new within the tonal tradition.
Călin made his debut in Wales over twelve years ago with a short orchestral piece called Joc performed by the Monmouth Festival Orchestra which was soon followed by his Miorita Ballade performed by the Oltenia Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania. Following these experiences, Călin continued to develop more complex forms resulting in his Symphony No.1 “Carpatica”. His first symphony has since received many performances in Germany, Romania and the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London in Cadogan Hall and The Anvil in Basingstoke.
Călin's Symphony No.1 was recently recorded by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales alongside his Symphony-Concerto with pianist Sergiu Tuhutziu. Călin's latest work - Symphony No.2 “Hampshire” - was recently premiered by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Winchester Cathedral under the baton of long-time collaborator Christopher Petrie.
Călin is currently working on his violin concerto and is looking forward to his forthcoming performances - please check the news section on the homepage to keep updated.
Current Business Activities
Calin is the Chief Executive Officer of INDES, a group of companies operating in the aviation, defence and infrastructure sectors across Central and Eastern Europe, with Romania as a hub and core market. In this capacity he works with companies like Rolls-Royce and Bell Helicopter.
He is also the founder of BRIDGE, a collaborative enterprise bringing together local government, business and universities in Britain and Romania. Its first formal partnership was concluded between Hampshire County Council and Dolj County in South West Romania in 2013. He has since extended that initiative via agreements between Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and several regional equivalents in Romania.