Alessandrescu, Alfred, Romanian pianist, conductor, and composer; b. Bucharest, Aug. 14, 1893; d. there, Feb. 18, 1959. He studied piano and theory with Kiriac-Georgescu and Castaidi at the Bucharest Cons. (1903–11) and composition in Paris with d’Indy at the Schola Cantorum and with Vidal at the Cons. (1913–14). He was a conductor at the Opera (1921–59) and artistic director of the Radio Sym. Orch. (1933–59) in Bucharest. He also was active as a piano accompanist.
Amurg de toamn (The Twilight of Autumn) for String Orch. (1910); symphonic poems: Didona (1911; Bucharest, March 10, 1913) and Acteon (Bucharest, Dec. 20, 1915); Fantezie román for Orch. (1913; Bacu, Sept. 22, 1978); Violin Sonata (1914); Pièce pour quatuor à cordes (1921); songs.
V. Tomescu, A. A. (Bucharest, 1962).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire