Cella Delavrancea was born 15 December 1887 in Bucharest, Romania to Barbu Ștefănescu Delavrancea (1858-1918) and Maria Lupașcu (1862-1938) and died 9 August 1991 Bucharest, Romania of unspecified causes. She married Viorel Tilea (1896-1972) . She married Aristide Blank (1883-1960) . She married Filip Lahovary (1881-1965) .

Cella Delavrancea (15 December 1887 – 9 August 1991) was a Romanian pianist, writer and teacher of piano, eldest daughter of writer Barbu Ștefănescu Delavrancea, sister of architect Henrieta Delavrancea-Gibory, Niculina Delavrancea and "Bebs" Delavrancea, member of the circle of Eugen Lovinescu. She was married to diplomat Viorel Tilea during World War I (divorced), to Aristide Blank (divorced), and to Filip Lahovary, and was one of the intimate friends of Queen Marie of Romania.[1] She's also known for her romantic relationship with Nae Ionescu, Romanian logician and politician, spiritual mentor of the "Eliade generation".[2]


Cellau Delavrancea studied piano first with her mother, then at the Conservatory of Bucharest (now National University of Music Bucharest and the Conservatoire de Paris. After hearing her playing a waltz by Chopin, when she was 14 years old, in Vienna, Ion Luca Caragiale considered her to be "a wonder child who tames a wild monster: the Art". She was deeply influenced by family, as she said herself, "I was raised in an atmosphere in which they spoke only of literature, art and music". She concerts throughout Europe alongside great artists, often in duet with George Enescu. Between 1950 and 1954 she worked as a teacher at the Music Lyceum (now George Enescu National Music College) in Bucharest, and since 1954, at the Conservatory (now National University of Music Bucharest), where she launched a series of famous pianists as Nicolae Licăreț, Dan Grigore or Radu Lupu.[3]

In 1929, she started in literature in Tudor Arghezi's magazine, Bilete de papagal, collaborating after 1935 with magazines Cuvântul, Muzică și poezie, Timpul, Curentul, România Literară, Revista Fundațiilor Regale, etc. and, after 1950, at Contemporanul, Gazeta literară or Secolul XX. Her main works, short stories, novels or memoirs, are Vraja (1946), Mozaic în timp (1973), O vară ciudată (1975), Dintr-un secol de viață (1987), etc.[4] She was the first Romanian artist who participated in a gala concert organized to celebrate the centenary of her own in 1987, at the Romanian Athenaeum, in which she played with her student and friend Dan Grigore. She was buried in Bellu Cemetery.


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  1. ^ "Valori ale culturii naționale: Cella Delavrancea: 122 ani de la naștere" (in Romanian). Amos News. 15 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Manea, Irina (10 January 2013). "Nae Ionescu și femeile" (in Romanian). 
  3. ^ Marcu, George (2009) (in Romanian). Dicționarul personalităților feminine din România. Bucharest: Meronia. 
  4. ^ Zaciu, Mircea; Papahagi, Marian; Sasu, Aurel (1998) (in Romanian). Dicționarul scriitorilor români. II. Bucharest: Albatros. 


Offspring of Barbu Ștefănescu Delavrancea (1858-1918) and Maria Lupașcu (1862-1938)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Cella Delavrancea (1887-1991) 15 December 1887 Bucharest, Romania 9 August 1991 Bucharest, Romania Viorel Tilea (1896-1972)
Aristide Blank (1883-1960)
Filip Lahovary (1881-1965)
Margareta (Bebs) Delavrancea (1888-1927) 1888 1927
Niculina (Pica) Delavrancea (1890-1981)
Henrieta (Riri) Delavrancea (1897-1987) 19 October 1896 Bucharest, Romania 26 March 1987 Bucharest, Romania Emile Gibory (1891-1946)

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