Romanian composer and conductor Cornel Țăranu was born in Cluj-Napoca on 20 June 1934. He studied with Sigismund Toduță at the music conservatory in Cluj, then at the Paris Conservatoire with Nadia Boulanger and Olivier Messiaen, then in Darmstadt with Christoph Caskel, György Ligeti and Bruno Maderna.
He was professor of composition at the Gheorghe Dima Academy of Music in Cluj and from 1990 was vice-president of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists. He founded and ran the festival Cluj Modern.
His research into the music of George Enescu included completing several unfinished Enescu works.
Cornel Țăranu died on 18 June 2023, aged eighty-eight.