Romeo Cozma – piano player, composer, conductor, arranger, professor
Born on November 13th 1955 in Bucharest, Romeo Cozma took his first steps towards a career in music by studying piano at “Octav Bancila” College of Art in Iasi. Then he attended the courses at the Department of Composition of the “George Enescu” University of Arts in Iasi, where he majored in musical education and composition. His professors were some of the renowned Romanian composers, such as Vasile Spatarelu, Anton Zeman, Sabin Pautza, which had an important influence on his career.
His love for jazz music dates from the collage years, when he developed a deep admiration for Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. He then continues to dedicate himself to jazz, although his works encompass different musical genres and styles from vocal-symphonic, choir and chamber music, to electronic, jazz and pop music.
Throughout the years, Romeo Cozma has revealed himself as a remarkable piano and keyboard player and as a band leader. His presence on different stages in Romania and abroad (the Republic of Moldova, Germany, France, the United States, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Sweden etc.) was refreshing, surprising his audience with different formulas from piano solo to combo and big band (starting with his own band “Studio” set up in 1980) and as solo piano player with symphonic orchestras.
Romeo Cozma is also the first Romanian musician to receive the title of Doctor of Musical Arts in jazz music (2004).
Besides his distinguished compositional and performer skills, Romeo Cozma has a special gift for teaching young students. That is why he initiated and still coordinates the class of jazz and pop music at “George Enescu” University of Arts in Iasi. He is also the founder and coordinator of ”Richard Oschanitzky” Music Club, where students from all the universities in Iasi can come and develop their abilities to sing or play an instrument.
Accomplished musician, Romeo Cozma is currently a professor at the University of Arts in Iasi, his talent and creativity making him a representative figure in the musical world of this town.