Grigory Smirnov – Composers in Residence Juror

Grigory Smirnov is a composer and pianist residing in New York. His compositions have been performed worldwide in major venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, Moscow Philharmonic Hall. His CD album “Dowson Songs • Chaconne”,
released by Naxos Records in 2016, featuring a large-scale song cycle Dowson Songs commissioned by The ASCAP Foundation, was named a “Critic’s Choice” by Opera News magazine. Grigory Smirnov’s music has been broadcasted on various radio stations and programmed in numerous
festivals internationally, such as Tanglewood Festival (MA, USA), Brevard Music Center (NC, USA), Composers Now (New York), International Diaghilev Festival (Perm, Russia), ppIANISSIMO (Sofia, Bulgaria), Chamber Music Sessions (Kiev, Ukraine), CTAM Festival (Moscow, Russia), Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival (MI, USA).

Born in Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia, Grigory Smirnov studied as a pianist at the Novosibirsk Music College and a composer at the Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory, in the studio of Yuri Yukechev. During his years in Russia, he was awarded a composition prize at the IV Prokofiev International Competition and had his music performed by the Novosibirsk
Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008 he moved to the United States where he completed his graduate studies at The Juilliard School in 2011, in the studio of Christopher Rouse. He was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 2011.

As a pianist, Grigory Smirnov performs classical, improvisational music and his own compositions. Currently, he is closely working with Eurythmy Spring Valley — the performing ensemble and school — both as a pianist
and composer. As a music educator, he has served on the faculty at various institutions, including Rutgers University, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, NJ Academy of Music, Lindeblad School of Music and Eurythmy Spring Valley.

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