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Benjamin Yusupov

OccupationComposer, Conductor, Performer
CategoriesClassical, Contemporary

B. Yusupov not just a creative person, but a philosopher. His goals not only to write music, he'd like to create his own language as a conductor of all styles from classical to rock music, deeply integrated to all cultures and ethnic backgrounds, to reach the core of knowledge of Universal being . In his compositions he employs both Western and Eastern musical traditions, including the use of musical sources from various ethnic communities. The breadth of his interest reaches out to the varied musical cultures contained in the great area encompassed by Eastern Europe in the North, to Ethiopia in the South, and from Central Asia in the East, to South America in the West. In his works Yusupov has developed a language that gives rise to his own, unique musical world. His approach shows the specific cultural identities of various ethnic groups on the one hand, while combining the special rules of these traditions with the tools of modern Western achievements on the other. Yusupov also believes that timbre and color are important structural elements. His compositional writing includes both the direct use of exotic instruments and the creation of illusory ethnic sounds by employing instruments of the symphony orchestra.

Benjamin Yusupov is not only one of worldwide prominent and active composers of his generation; he is also a very active conductor. Already in 1987 he was appointed to the post of the Dushanbe Philharmonic Orchestra, where he conducted huge repertoire of classical music. The programs included works from all musical genres, especially Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mahler, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Prokofiev. He toured a lot in Soviet Union and conducted such distinguished orchestras as the Moscow Radio Orchestra, Philharmonic orchestras of Gorky, Almaty and Saratov. After moving from the Soviet Union to the west Yusupov continued to collaborate with all major Israeli Orchestras - Israel Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, Haifa Symphony, Israel Chamber Orchestra and Tel-Aviv Soloists. European debuts as a conductor included Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta in the prestigious Concertgebouw Hall. Upcoming concerts include his conducting by London Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Flemish Radio Orchestra, Hradec Kralove Philharmonic etc.

His collaboration with violinist Maxim Vengerov for whom was written the Viola-Tango-Rock Concerto, receive enthusiastic reception in over the globe. There is one hour film ‘’Living the Dream’’ about the Concerto, produced by Ken Howard, first shown on the South Bank Show now distributed worldwide. In the nearest future the concerto will be performed in Far East, USA and Europe and it was signed a contract with EMI Classics for producing CD and DVD of the concerto with London Symphony Orchestra and Benjamin Yusupov as a conductor.

Benjamin Yusupov also played with Maxim Vengerov as his pianist in festivals as Belgrade Bemus , Bratislava , Brussels, Limerick, Wiesbaden, Sent Emillion, Paganiniana in Genova

Recently B. Yusupov has finished Cello Concerto for Mischa Maisky’s 60 anniversary co-commissioned by Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra.

During the next seasons large-scale compositions by Benjamin Yusupov are being performed by such artists as Yuri Temirkanov and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski and London Philharmonic, Kazushi Ono and Israel Philharmonic, Peter Oundjian and Toronto Symphony, Eiji Ono and NDR Radiophilharmonie.

His works have been performed by the New World Symphony, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Dresdner Sinfoniker, Lisbon Symphony, Brandenburger Symphoniker, and others.

Benjamin Yusupov