Ioan (Ionică) Pop studied oboe and piano at the School of Music in Cluj-Napoca (1977-1985), then Composition at the Gheorghe Dima Conservatory of Music in the same town (1986-1991). He received his Ph.D. in music in 2004. He has composed works for orchestra, opera, a concert for two pianos and orchestra, chamber music and choral music. In 2006 he graduated in Musical Theater Direction and in 2010 he graduated from a Module course organized in Organ. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Musicology at the Gheorghe Dima Academy of Music Cluj-Napoca. He performs piano and organ concerts both at home and abroad. His works have been performed in prestigious festivals such as Cluj Musical Autumn, Cluj Modern, and George Enescu International Festival. He has received honors and awards at national and international composition competitions. He is a member of the Union of Composers and Musicologists of Romania. Since 2008 he has led the contemporary music ensemble Impact XXI , which includes soprano, trombone, piano and percussions.