GRIGORY SMIRNOV (b 1982 )
Grigory Smirnov is a composer and pianist living in New York. His music has been performed around the globe in major venues, such as the Lincoln Center, Tanglewood Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, Brevard Music Center, Moscow Philharmonic Concert Hall and The Copenhagen Opera House. Among his recent works is the song cycle Dowson Songs, commissioned by The ASCAP Foundation and premièred at the Merkin Concert Hall in the Kaufman Music Center, New York. As a pianist, Grigory Smirnov performs classical, contemporary and improvisational music. He currently teaches at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA.
Born in Novosibirsk, Russia, Grigory Smirnov started music lessons at the age of five. He attended Novosibirsk Music College as a pianist and the Novosibirsk Glinka State Conservatory, where he studied composition with distinguished Russian composer Yuri Yukechev. During his years in Russia, he was awarded a composition prize at the Prokofiev International Competition and made his début as a composer of orchestral music when his composition Pastorale was premièred by the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2009 Grigory Smirnov was awarded a full scholarship by The Juilliard School and moved to the United States. At Juilliard he studied with Christopher Rouse and received a Master of Music degree in composition. He was also a composition fellow at Tanglewood Music Center.