Rucsandra Popescu


Biography | Conductor| Composer | Pianist |

Rucsandra Popescu is a composer, choir conductor and pianist who lives in Bremen, but completed her first music education in her home town Bucharest, Romania.
Born into a family of musicians, her father and mother being instrumentalists and also her brother, a well known jazz drummer Vlad Popescu, her godfather the composer Horia Moculescu, Rucsandra Popescu approached the world of sounds at the early age of 6, and started studying piano.

She graduated from the Dinu Lipatti Music High School – Bucharest and was ranked among the first three best students in her school year. In 2004 she graduated from the Music University in Bucharest with three degrees: in Composition, Music pedagogy and Academic Choir Conductor. During her study she had a special scholarship for best academic results. She studied composition with Octavian Nemescu, Dan Dediu, piano with Oana Velcovici and choir conducting with Valentin Gruescu.

After a long contact with Germany due to her father, she moves to Oldenburg, being for one year by Violeta Dinescu´s composition class.

In 2004 she was awarded the prize for the best academic results by the Bucovinieni Sarghie Brothers´ Foundation and the University of Bucharest.
In 2009 she graduated from the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen with Master degree in Composition, Prof. Younghi Pagh-Paan. In the same year she was awarded the prize for the best academic results by the Internal Composition´s Competition of Music Academy Bremen.

In February 2012 she graduated with 'Konzertexamen'(post-university degree), the highest degree in composition, as one of the last students of Prof. Younghi Pagh-Paan at the same Academy of Music in Bremen.
In October 2012 she was awarded the Landesmusikrat Composition Prize Bremen.

In Dezember 2012 she won with J-Cappella Choir of Jacobs University Bremen, choir formed by her since 2008, two Silver Medals by the International Choir Competition and Festival Petr Eben, Prague.
In April 2016 she got with J-Cappella Choir "very good" Diploma by the 4th Chorverband Competition in Celle.

In September 2017 she was awarded the first prize at the choir composition´s competition "Verleih uns Frieden" of the German Choral society (Deutscher Chorverband e.V., promoted by the the Federal Government for Culture)

Between 2005 - 2009 she was a member of the GEDOK Artists’ Association (Künstlerinnenverband) in Bremen.
Since 2006 she is a member of the Romanian Association of Composers and Musicologists.

Between 2015-2018 she was the conductor of the Jazzchoir of the University of Music and Theater Leipzig

Between August 2018 - January 2020 she was music teacher and choir conductor at the St.Johannis School in Bremen.

Currently she is the conductor of the Jazz/Popchor of the University of Music Bremen, ensemble d´accord (Bremen) and Buchtstrassenchor
Since November 2008 she is the conductor and musical teacher of the J-Cappella- Choir at the Jacobs University Bremen.

Jacobs University /Blog - humans-of-jacobs-rucsandra

Harmonious variety: how director Rucsandra Popescu formed the J-Cappella choir