Victor Alexandru Colțea (b. 1986, Romania) is a composer and the artistic director of the ensemble Sargo, a Lausanne based group dedicated to the promotion and creation of contemporary music.
After starting at an early age music and guitar with his father, Vasile Colțea, he continued his development moving towards composition.
He studied at the National University of Music – Bucharest, Hochschule für Musik und Theater – Hamburg, and at the Hoschule für Musik – Luzern. His main teachers where the composers Dieter Ammann, Dan Dediu and Fredrik Schwenk.q
He has also participated in composition seminars and master-classes given by composers such as Wolfgang Rihm, Bernhard Lang, Lucian Mețianu, Beat Furrer, Octavian Nemescu, Doina Rotaru, Enno Poppe.
He won several prizes and scholarships, amongst them, the first prize at the "National Composition Competition Ștefan Niculescu", the special prize of George Enescu Museum at the "International Composition Competition George Enescu", the prize of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists for the chamber vocal section with the piece "Zori", the "George Enescu" residency grant at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, etc. He participated also in different Academies and Masterclasses such as Composer Seminar during the Lucerne Festival, Impuls | Academy, etc.
His creations includes symphonic and chamber music with or with out electronics, music for theatre, short-films, and for interactive installations, such as the one for the Paul Signac Exhibition at the Romanian National Art Museum.
His pieces were performed in different concert halls throughout Europe, by different ensembles and orchestras like Luzern Sinfonieorchester, Thüringer Symphoniker Orchestra, Ensemble recherche, Ensemble Phœnix–Basel, Ensemble Sargo, Lucerne Festival Alumni Ensemble, CexSaxo duo, Ensemble Auliden, Ensemble Profil, Sonomania, etc., but also in different contemporary music festivals, such as Lucerne Festival, Blurred Edges (Hamburg); Davos Festival (Davos); Impuls Academy | Festival (Graz); International Week of New Music (Bucharest), Innersound International Festival (Bucharest); Saxopen World Festival and Congress for Saxophone (Strasbourg); Cully Classique (Cully), New Music Days, Szenenwechsel (Lucerne), etc.
His works have been broadcasted by different radios such as Deutschlandfunk, NDR (Germany), Espace 2 – RTS (Switzerland), Radio Romania Musical, Radio Romania Cultural, ORF (Austria) etc.