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Dmitri Smirnov

Dmitri Smirnov




St Albans
United Kingdom AL4


Address: 30 Chiltern Rd, St Albans, Herts, UK AL4 9TB
Tel: +44 1727 861131
Mobile: +44 7462 083458 Dmitri


Additional Info:

I am Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov, born 2 November 1948, Minsk, also known by pen names Dmitri N. Smirnov and D. Smirnov-Sadovsky, a Russian and British (since 1991) composer.

My both parents were opera singers. I studied at the Moscow Conservatory 1967–1972 under Nikolai Sidelnikov, Yuri Kholopov and Edison Denisov. I also studied privately with Philip Herschkowitz, a pupil of both Berg and Webern. I married a composer Elena Firsova in 1972 in Moscow.

My "Solo for Harp" won First Prize in a competition in Maastricht (1976). My two operas "Tiriel" and "Thel" on a text by William Blake were premiered in 1989 (the first at the Freiburg Festival, Germany, and the second at the Almeida Festival in London). The same year my First Symphony ("The Seasons") was performed at the Tanglewood Festival, United States. My orchestral "Mozart-Variations" were staged as a ballet in Pforzheim in Germany (1992). Other premieres include the oratorio "A Song of Liberty" (Leeds, UK – 1993), Cello Concerto (Manchester, UK – 1996), cantata "Song of Songs", (Geneva, Switzerland – 2001) Triple Concerto 2 (LSO, Barbican, London – 2004). Many of my works reflect my fascination with the poetry and art of William Blake.

In 1979 I as well as my wife Elena Firsova were blacklisted as one of the "Khrennikov's Seven" at the Sixth Congress of the Union of Soviet Composers for unapproved participation in some festivals of Soviet music in the West. We both were co-founders of Russia's new ACM - Association for Contemporary Music, established in Moscow in 1990.

Since 1991 my wife and I have been residents of England. We were Composers-in-Residence at University of Cambridge (St John's College), at Dartington, and Visiting Professors at Keele University (1993–8). In 1998 my family and I settled in St Albans. From 2003 I have taught at the Goldsmiths College, University of London.

My works have been performed by many notable conductors, including: Riccardo Muti, Sir Andrew Davis, Dennis Russell Davies, Peter Eötvös, Oliver Knussen, Lev Markiz, Vassily Sinaisky, Pavel Kogan, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Gunther Schuller, and Yan Pascal Tortelier.

Scores of selected works are available from various publishers including: Hans Sikorski, Hamburg, Boosey & Hawkes, London, and G. Schirmer, New York as well as Meladina-Press at Amazon.

My books "A Geometer of Sound Crystals" ssm 34 ("studia slavica musicologica", vol. 34), 2003 ISBN 3-928864-99-8 and "The Anatomy of Theme in Beethoven's Piano Sonatas", ssm 46, ("studia slavica musicologica", vol. 46), 2008, ISBN 978-3-936637-19-9 were published by Ernst Kuhn, Berlin (both books published in English).


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