Grigory Smirnov 

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Aura performance in Arizona

Recent piano composition Aura will be performed by pianist Inga Kashakahshvili in the Signature Series presented by Oracle Piano Society.

Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 3 PM 

Oracle Center for the Arts
700 E. Kingston St. Oracle, AZ

Syzygy performance in Windsor, Canada

Dark Sky Music features Syzygy performance as a part of  the 4th Wall Music in Windsor, ON, Canada. 

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Capitol Theatre - 2:30-3:30 PM
John R. Park Homestead – 7:30-8:30 PM

Starting July 24, 2022

Online broadcast

Mirrors of Emptiness at Diagilev Fesfival

Mirrors of Emptiness performance at Diagilev Festival in Perm, Russia.

Performed by Petr Glavatskich, marmba.

Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 18:00

Shpagin Plant / Hall No. 5
Perm, Russia

Aura premiere at Carnegie Hall

Aura for piano (2021) will be premiered by the pianist Inga Kashakashvili

Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 1:00 PM

Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall

154 West 57th Street, New York City, NY

The concert is presented by Lindeblad School of Music

Mirrors of Emptiness performance in Saint Petersburg

Petr Glavatskyh, drums and percussion

Saturday November 10, 2021 at 20:00
Dom Radio
St. Petersburg, Russia

Mirrors of Emptiness performance in Moscow

Petr Glavatskyh, drums and percussion

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 20.00
Zaryadye Concert Hall
Moscow, Russia

Chaconne performance

Old Becomes New – Ensemble for These Times   
featuring Chaconne for cello and piano

Friday, November 20, 2020 at 8 pm (PST) - Live Stream

Stained Glasses performances

Konstantinos Valianatos and Ching-Wen Hsiao, pianos.

Friday, November 1, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Texas Christian University
PepsiCo Recital Hall 
2800 South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76109

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 8:30 PM
The Juilliard School
155 W. 65th St., New York, NY 10023Paul Hall

Elegy in New York

Elegy will be performed by pianist Anna Keiserman in the concert "Sounding Palletes".

June 14, 2019, 7:00 PM
Salmagundi Club
47 5th Ave
New York, NY 10003

Upcoming performances of Elegy

Elegy will be performed by pianist Anna Keiserman as part of the presentation of her new album Russian Mosaic.

Mar 29, 2019, 7:00 PM
Church of the Messiah
296 Glen St # 1
Glens Falls, NY 12801, USA

Mar 30, 2019, 3:00 PM
Strand Theater
210 Main St
Hudson Falls, NY 12839, USA

Apr 09, 2019, 7:00 PM
Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University
1531 Hewitt Ave
St Paul, MN 55104, USA

Elegy released on a CD

Elegy for piano was released on a new CD album by pianist Anna Keiserman along with other music by Russian composers.

The album available on Amazon, iTunes and Spotify.

Romance for English horn and orchestra in Belgium

Performance of Romance for English horn and orchestra

Balder DendielEnglish horn
Orchestra of Stedelijk Conservatorium Brugge

Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 15:00

Theaterzaal Stadsschouwburg Brugge
Vlamingstraat 298000 Brugge, Belgium

Improvisations & Compositions

Concert of free improvisations and original compositions for cello and piano.

Grigory Smirnov, piano

Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Nicholas Roerich Museum
319 West 107th Street
New York, NY 10025

Reservation is required at starting Monday, October 8 at noon. Space is limited.

Syzygy at Blue Lake

Syzygy is being performed at the 2018 Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival.

Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Blodgett Recital Hall
300 E Crystal Lake Rd
Twin Lake, MI 49457


Amy Leyharp
Andrew Sprung, clarinet
Jackie Wogick, cello
Joshua Graham, vibraphone

World Premiere with Downtown Sinfonietta

A Concert Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Downtown Music at Grace

featuring the world premiere of the new work "Why the Aspen Tree is White" for narrator and Chamber Orchestra by Grigory Smirnov, based on a story by Robert Sherman.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Downtown Music at Grace
Grace Episcopal Church
33 Church Street
White Plains, New York

Downtown Sinfonietta
Vincent Lionti, Conductor
Robert Sherman, Narrator

More info and tickets can be found here and here.

Air in New York

The Pit Stop Players presents: ‘Absolut Collusion’ – An Evening of Great Russian Music

featuring music by Grigory Smirnov among other prominent Russian composers.

Monday, October 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church
152 West 66th Street
New York City, NY

More information can be found here and here.

Recital at Blue Lake

Concert of Grigory Smirnov's music as a part of The 2017 Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Dave Myers Performance Studio (at Blue Lake Public Radio)
300 E Crystal Lake Rd
Twin Lake, MI 49457


Grigory Smirnovpiano
Igor Kalninviolin

New album release featuring Mirrors of Emptiness

Fancy Music
releases a new album:

Petr Glavatskikh (marimba)

"The Unfound Sound"

featuring Mirrors of Emptiness for marimba and electronics

Listen and buy the album here or on iTunes.

Mirrors of Emptiness at Moscow Conservotory

Concert-presentation of a new CD "The Unfound Sound" by percussionist Petr Glavatsith which includes Mirrors of Emptiness for marimba and electronics.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 7 PM

Rachmaninoff Hall
Moscow Conservatory
Moscow, Russia

Концерт-презентация альбома «Ненайденный звук» перкуссиониста Петра Главатских. В программе Mirrors of Emptiness.

Среда, 7 июня, 2017, 19:00

Рахманиновский Зал
Московская Консерватория

Composers Now Festival, New York

Grigory Smirnov is performing his music as a part of the Composers Now Festival in Staten Island, New York:

Air, for violin and piano with violinist Dan Auerbach
Credo and Elegy, for solo piano

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Williamson Theatre
2800 Victory Blvd. Building 1P
Staten Island, New York

CD Presentation Concert at Steinway Hall, New York

Presentation of the new album "Dowson Songs • Chaconne" released by Naxos Records

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 5:30 PM
Steinway Hall
1133 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

Performance by the album artists:

Signing of the CDs by the performers and the composer.

Space is limited. Admission is by reservation only.

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Romance for English horn and orchestra in Belgium

Symfonisch Jeugdorkest Edegem
SJOE) performs Romance for English horn and orchestra in Antwerpen,

Dimitri Mestdag, English horn
Jaume Blai Santonja Espinós, conductor

Friday, February 10, 2017 at 20:00

Gemeenteplein 1 2650 Edegem
Anwerpen, Belgium

CD Album "Dowson Songs • Chaconne" is coming out on Naxos

Naxos Records has released the new album "Dowson Songs • Chaconne" on November 11, 2016.

The album features Chaconne for cello and piano and Dowson Songs for tenor and piano on poems by Ernest Dowson, performed by:

Or on Amazon

Nikolai Kachanov Singers perform Alleluia

The new unique New York based vocal ensemble Nikolai Kachanov Singers performs a concert of early and new music "Soaring Monuments and Modern Treasures" featuring Grigory Smirnov's Alleluia for chorus a cappella.

Sunday, October 30, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church
552 West End Ave
New York, NY 10024

Tickets are available here (20% discount through October 27!)

Blue Lake Recital

Concert of Grigory Smirnov's music as a part of The 2016 Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 7:15 p.m.
Blodgett Recital Hall
300 E Crystal Lake Rd
Twin Lake, MI 49457


Grigory Smirnov, piano
Igor Kalninviolin
Dan Auerbach, violin
Mikhail Bugaev, viola
Jonathan Lusher, cello

National Flute Association Convention in San Diego, CA

Fantasia for flute and piano will be presented by Edition Svitzer at the 44th Annual National Flute Association Convention in San Diego, California, which will take place on August 11, 2016.

The composition will be performed by flutist Ai Goldsmith and pianist Miles Graber.

With Henrik Svitzer and Lauren Wuerth (Edition Svitzer)  *  With flutist Göran Marcusson

Dowson Songs in New York
Ernest Dowson

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7 PM

Performance of "Dowson Songs"  on poems by Ernest Dowson

Konstantine Valianatos, piano

Central Presbyterian Church
593 Park Avenue
New York, NY

Admission is Free


Grigory Smirnov & friends at Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

Concert of music by Grigory Smirnov

Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 5 PM


Grigory Smirnov, piano

Adrian Daurov, cello

Nikita Morozov, violin

Anna Shelest, piano

Nicholas Roerich Museum
319 West 107th Street
New York NY 10025

Mirrors of Emptiness in Yekaterinburg, Russia

Percussionist Petr Glavatskikh is performing "Mirrors of Emptiness" in Sverdlovsk Philharmonia in Yetakerinburg, Russia
on October 2, 2014 at 18:30.

Перкуссионист Петр Главатских исполняет "Mirrors of Emptiness" в Свердловской Филармонии в Екатеринбурге
2 окября, 2014 в 18:30.

String Quartet in Kiev, Ukraine

Strada Quartet performs String Quartet in Kiev, Ukraine

Friday, September 26, 2014 at 20:00.

Mikhail Kazinik on Grigory Smirnov

Радио передача Михаила Казиника о музыке Григория Смирнова на BFI Radio

Radio show of Mikhail Kainik about Grigory Smirnov's music on BFI Radio (in Russian)

Dowson Songs in Yellow Spring, Ohio

Martin Bakari, tenor & Sam Reich, piano

perform Grigory Smirnov's Dowson Songs

Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Friends Care Center
Yellow Springs, Ohio

Interview with Grigory Smirnov on RTN WNMB (in Russian)

Интервью с Григорием Смирновым

Grigory Smirnov at Merkin Concert Hall, New York

Concert of Grigory Smirnov's new works will be presented
at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, New York.

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Merkin Concert Hall
at Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023
Box Office Phone: (212) 501-3330

Proud to be a part of the Russian American History Month


ALLELUIA for chorus a capella
U.S. Premiere
Nikolai Kachanov, conductor

CHACONNE for cello and piano
World Premiere

World Premiere

DOWSON SONGS for tenor and piano
on poems by Ernest Dowson (1867-1900)
Commission by The ASCAP Foundation Charles Kingsford Fund
World Premiere

Romance for English horn and orchestra in Moscow
Pavel Slobodkin Center Moscow Chamber Orchestra performs
Romance for English horn and
orchestra in Moscow, Russia.

December 7, 2013, 19:00
Pavel Slobodkin Center
48 Arbat, Moscow, Russia

Roman Prosetsky, English horn
Iliya Gaisin, conductor
Pavel Slobodkin Center Moscow Chamber Orchestra

7 Декабря, 2013, 19:00
Центр Павла Слободкина
Москва, ул. Арбат, д. 48

Роман Просецкий, английский рожок
Илья Гайсин, дирижер
Московский камерный оркестр Центра Павла Слободкина

More information can be found here (in Russian).

Mirrors of Emptiness in Moscow

Petr Glavatstikh performs Mirrors of Emptiness for marimba & electronics at the PRAKTIKA Theater in Moscow, Russia on September 27, 2013.

More information can be found here on the PRAKTIKA Theater website (in Russian).

Brevard Music Center

Grigory Smirnov is in residence at Brevard Music Center during the summer of 2013.

String Quartet at the CTAM Festival in Moscow

Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 19:00

Vernadsky State Museum
Moscow, Russia


Nadezhda Artamonova, violin
Alina Kudryashova, violin
Irina Sopova, viola
Evgeny Rumyantsev, cello

More info (in Russian)

Mirrors of Emptiness at the Moscow Philharmonia

Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 19:00

Chamber Hall of The Moscow Philharmonia.

Marimbist Petr Glavatskikh is performing Mirrors of Emptiness for marimba and electronics at the Chamber Hall of the Moscow Philharmonia.

Listen to Grigory Smirnov on WQXR

Friday, February 17, 2012, 9:00 PM (EST)
On-Air: 105.9FM

Listen to Romance for English horn and orchestra and a movement from Stained Glasses for two pianos on WQXR, the nation's most listened-to classical music station.

The McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase is a WQXR weekly radio show that since 1978 has sought out and displayed the talents of young emerging artists. Hosted by Robert Sherman.

Grigory Smirnov Facebook Page

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Two concert reviews from Tanglewood



Premiere at 


Wednesday, July 13, at 8:00 PM

Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood Festival

New song "Tears Fall Within Mine Heart" on the poem

by Ernest Dowson after Paul Verlaine ('Il pleure dans mon coeur')

Andrew Penning, tenor

Nana Shi, piano

The song was composed specially for Tanglewood Music Center, and the performance was produced under the direction of Dawn Upshaw and John Harbison.


String Quartet at Tanglewood

String Quartet (2010) is to be performed at Seiji Ozawa Hall at the Tanglewood Festival.

Sunday, July 10, at 10:00 AM

The New Fromm Players:

Alex Shiozaki, violin
Tema Watstein, violin
Derek Mosloff, viola
Michael Dahlberg, cello

Another composition recital at The Juilliard School

Thursday, May 19 at 6 PM
Paul Hall, The Juilliard School

Program and performers:

for organ (2010)

Raymond Nagem, organ


Grigory Smirnov, piano
Spencer Dickhaus, choreography
Isabel Gehweiler, cello

A concert review for the recent premiere at Alice Tully Hall

Click here to read a review for the premiere of Romance for English horn and orchestra that took place at Alice Tully Hall with The Juilliard Orchestra, Hassan Anderson (English horn) and Jeffrey Milarsky (conductor) on April 1, 2011


The Juilliard Orchestra                                            Jeffrey Milarsky & Grigory Smirnov                        Grigory Smirnov & Hassan Anderson

Press release and article about the upcoming premiere

A press release and an article in the Juilliard Journal about the upcoming premiere of Romance for English horn and orchestra at Alice Tully Hall on April 1, 2011.

Romance for English horn and Orchestra PREMIERE

Friday, April 1, 2011, 8pm

Alice Tully Hall, The Juilliard School

Juilliard Orchestra: Jeffrey Milarsky

Jeffrey Milarsky conducts the Juilliard Orchestra

Jeffrey Milarsky leads the orchestra in a selection of large-scale works fresh from the manuscripts of Juilliard’s finest young composers

Jennifer Zetlan, Soprano


GRIGORY SMIRNOV Romance for Solo English Horn and Orchestra
Hassan Anderson, English Horn

PENG-PENG GONG Hourly Reminiscence
Peng-Peng Gong, Piano soloist

FREE tickets available 3/18

Choreographers and Composers...

The Juilliard Dance Division, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, opens its season bringing Juilliard composers and choreographers together in a unique and exciting cross-division collaboration. The Choreographers and Composers performances are the culmination of the long-running Juilliard classroom/studio course of the same name, which gives Juilliard dance and composition students techniques to explore collaborative art. The course introduces each discipline to the needs, vocabulary and work methods of the other and finds common ground on which both can flourish.

Peter Jay Sharp Theater, The Juilliard School

Friday, December 10, 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 11, 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 11, 8:00 PM

Choreographer/Composer Collaborations:

Spencer Dickhaus/Grigory Smirnov
McKenna Birmingham/Simon Frisch
Rachelle Scott/Michael Lee
Melissa Fernandez/Trevor Doherty
Nathan Makolandra/Jared Miller
Zack Winokur/Conrad Winslow

© The Juilliard School

Triptych for organ - PREMIERE

Monday, November 29, 2010. Paul Hall, The Juilliard School

Premiere of Triptych for organ.

Raymond Nagem, organ


Composition Recital at The Juilliard School

Monday, November 1, 2010. Paul Hall, The Juilliard School

The program and performers:

for flute and piano (2003/2008)

Fiona Kelly, flute
Çağdaş Özkan, piano
for two pianos (2002/2007)

Konstantine Valianatos, piano
Edward Neeman, piano
for two violins, viola and cello (2010) PREMIERE

Yo-Yo Fann, violin
Laura Lutzke, violin
Emilie Grimes, viola
Charles Asch, cello
arrangement for harp and electronics (2008/2010)

Grace Browning, harp 




Photo © by Isabel Gehweiler

California Summer Music

On July 23, 2010, the 1st movement of Piano Quintet was premiered at California Summer Music in Sonoma, CA

Jessica Oddie & Kaja Pernille Østervold - violins
John Austin - viola
Abraham Aragundi - cello
Grigory Smirnov - piano


Fantasia in Weimar, Germany

Fantasia for flute and piano was performed in Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt, Weimar.

May 31, 2010
June 11, 2010

Performer: Leona Rötzsch

Mirrors of Emptiness in Moscow

Mirrors of Emptiness for marimba and electronics was performed in Moscow, Russia.

Performer: Petr Glavatskikh

May 30, 2010 - Central Music School
June 9, 2010 - Visotsky Museum Concert Hall

Mirrors of Emptiness in New York

Mirrors of Emptiness for marimba and electronics was performed at The Juilliard School, New York.

May 11, 2010

Performer: Jonathan Smith


Stained Glasses in New York

The first movement of sonata Stained Glasses was performed at The Juilliard School, New York.

March 29, 2010

Performers: Çağdaş Özkan and Grigory Smirnov

Fantasia in New York

Fantasia for flute and piano was performed at Paul Hall of The Juilliard School, New York.

November 30, 2009

Performers: Fiona Kelly (flute) and Grigory Smirnov (piano)

Stained Glasses in Sofia, Bulgaria

On April 4, 2009, Grigory Smirnov's Sonata "Stained Glasses" for two pianos is to be performed in

the 12th ppIANISSIMO International Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria

Performers: Margarita Ilieva & Milen Panayotov.

More info about the festival.

Premiere in Denmark

A new work Mirrors of Emptiness for marimba and digital delay to be premiered in Denmark. The work will be pefromed by Jia Jia Qiao in a 9-concert tour.

02. september - Toftegårdskolen, Brønderslev: Public Go Global Concert
02. september - Mylund Kulturkirke: Public Go Global Concert  
03. september - Læsø, Byrum kirke: Public Go Global Concert    
04. september - Stubhuset, Støvring: Public Go Global Concert  
08. september - The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus: Concert  
09. september - Carl Nielsen Academy of Music Odense: Concert
10. september - Søbygaard, Ærø: Concert     
13. september - Musikteatret Holstebro: Concert
21. september - The Opera, Takkelloftet: Concert

More information can be found here.

Festival - Chamber Music Session - Kiev

On July 1, 2008, Grigory Smirnov's Fantasia for flute and piano will be performed at the festival Chamber Music Session in Kiev, Ukraine.  

Performers: DUO Svitava - Henrik Svitzer (flute) and Dmytro Tavanetz (piano).

New Edition

Edition Svitzer (Denmark) has published Grigory Smirnov's Fantasia for flute and piano.

Click to view the edition