Andrei Kivu is a Romanian cellist, improviser and composer who specializes in contemporary music. He is the founder of the Pro Contemporania Ensemble, the Free Sound International Ensemble and MultiSonicFest (the only festival in Romania devoted to improvisation/experimental/crossover music in Romania). Kivu is also a member of the “Harmonic Presence” foundation. He has had the privilege to study/work/play/record with great artists such as David Hykes, Marc Coppey, Sigfried Palm, George Lewis, Evan Parker, Daniel Kientzy and many others. Kivu was invited several times as a guest professor at NYU and at the “Givat Ram” Music Academy (Jerusalem, Israel) as well as to important festivals such as “Wien Modern”, “Warsaw Autumn” and the “ISCM – World Music Days”. He appears as a soloist on dozens of CDs with a wide international distribution, the most important being the collaboration with the prestigious label “Mode Records” (New York). In 2003 he received the “I.N.M.C. (International Consortium of New Music) award for Outstanding Activities as Performer, Professor and Music Organizer” (NYU, New York, U.S.A.).
This activity was funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.