Biography

Grigory Smirnov

composer & pianist

 

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A native of Siberia, Russia, Grigory Smirnov is a composer and pianist living in New York.

His compositions have been performed around the globe in major venues, such as Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, Merkin Concert Hall, Moscow Philharmonic Society and The Copenhagen Opera House. Among his recent works is a large-scale song cycle Dowson Songs, commissioned by The ASCAP Foundation, premiered at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York and released on a CD by Naxos Records. Grigory Smirnov's music has been featured on WQXR, America's leading classical music radio station, and in a number of festivals worldwide, including Tanglewood Music Center (MA, USA), Brevard Music Center (NC, USA), ppIANISSIMO (Sofia, Bulgaria), Chamber Music Sessions (Kiev, Ukraine), CTAM Festival (Moscow, Russia), Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival (MI, USA). He was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow and has taught at Rutgers University.

As a pianist, Grigory Smirnov performs classical, contemporary and improvisational music.

Born in Novosibirsk, Russia, Grigory Smirnov studied as a pianist at the Novosibirsk Music College and as a composer with Yuri Yukechev at the Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory. During his years in Russia, he was awarded a composition prize at the IV Prokofiev International Competition and debuted as a composer of orchestral music with his composition Pastorale which was premiered by the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. Since moving to the United States, he received his Master of Music degree in composition from The Juilliard School, where he was a full scholarship student in the studio of Christopher Rouse. His other mentors included John Corigliano, Richard Danielpour and Robert Aldridge.







Photography © by Sylvain Guenot


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