Benjamin Yusupov

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Benjamin Yusupov ( Cyrillic : Беньямин Юсупов; born November 22, 1962 in Dushanbe , Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic ) is a composer , conductor and pianist .


Benjamin Yusupov studied piano, composition , music theory and conducting with Juri Fortunatow, Yuri Cholopow and Dmitri Kitajenko at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory from 1981 to 1990 . In 1990 he emigrated to Israel , where he in 2001 at the Bar-Ilan University Dr. phil. PhD.

In 1987 Yusupov was appointed chief conductor of the Dushanbe Philharmonic Orchestra , where he performed works from all musical eras. He toured the Soviet Union. Since moving to Israel, there has been a continuous collaboration with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra , Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra , Haifa Symphony, Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Tel-Aviv Soloists.

His works have been performed at festivals in Russia, the Rostrum International Composers Festival in Paris (1990), the Almeida Festival in London (1994), the Zagreb Biennale (2001), the Ludwigsburg Palace Festival (2004) and festivals in Israel. On January 10, 2008, Yusupov's Cello Concerto was premiered by the Latvian cellist Mischa Maisky on his 60th birthday under the direction of the composer in Lucerne. In 2013, Yusupov wrote his 2nd violin concerto for violinist Vadim Repin , entitled "Voices of Violin".

Yusupov received an award from the Soviet Composers 'Union in 1989, the "Clone Prize of the Israeli Composers' League" in 1993, and in the same year he won first prize in a competition for the opening of the House of Gabriel in the Jordan Valley for his composition Gabriel . In 1999 he was awarded the Israeli Prime Minister's Prize. His violin concerto received the ACUM Prize for the best Israeli composition of the 2001/2002 season. The same prize was awarded to him for his concerto for viola and orchestra as the best Israeli composition in 2003/2004. The world premiere took place with Maxim Vengerov and the Radiophilharmonie des NDR Hannover under the direction of Eiji Ōue in May 2005. In 2007 Yusupov received the "Landau Award for the Performing Arts". In 2009 he received the “Engel Prize” from the city of Tel Aviv for his concert for violoncello and orchestra.

Yusupov's compositions are based on Western as well as Eastern musical traditions, with particular reference to musical traditions from various Jewish-ethnic communities with the aim of creating a new style of Israeli music. Yusupov's interest in the various musical cultures ranges from Eastern Europe in the north to Ethiopia in the south and from Central Asia in the east to Morocco in the west. His style shows, on the one hand, specific cultural identities of different ethnic groups and, on the other hand, combines the special rules of these traditions with Western composition methods. In addition, timbre and timbre are important structural elements for Yusupov. In his compositions he uses original ethnic instruments, but also tries to express these sounds through the instruments of the western symphony orchestra.


Orchestral works

  • Falak for symphony orchestra (1988)
  • Gabriel for symphony orchestra (1991)
  • Symphony for symphony orchestra (1992)
  • Nostalgia for string orchestra (1992)
  • Aleph for symphony orchestra (1995)
  • Inquities for 16 players, Santur and Duduk (based on Psalm 130) (1998)
  • Go Tango for orchestra (2003)
  • Postlude for orchestra (2003)


  • Sinfonia Concertante for piano and orchestra (1989–1990 / 1993)
  • Tanovor for flute and chamber orchestra (1994)
  • Nola for various flutes (flute, bass flute, double bass flute) and string orchestra
  • Concerto for violin and orchestra (1998)
  • Dasht for trombone, ethnic instruments and chamber ensemble (1999)
  • Maximum for violin, viola, alto flute, harp and orchestra
  • Concerto for viola and orchestra (2003)
  • Concerto Intimo for piano and orchestra (2005)
  • Concerto for violoncello and orchestra (2006)
  • Con moto for marimba (piano) and string orchestra (2007)
  • Concerto for two clarinets and orchestra (2010)
  • Voices of Violin , Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra (2013)

Vocal music

  • Feelings of creation cantata for narrator, mixed choir, percussion, viola and piano (1995)
  • Six Tanka for mezzo-soprano, violin (or viola) and piano (1998)

Chamber music

  • Sadoi Kuchsor (Berg-Klänge) for brass quintet (horn, two trumpets, trombone and tuba (1985))
  • String Quartet (1986)
  • Sonata for violoncello and piano (1988)
  • Melancholy for piano (1984/1995)
  • Quintet for marimba (piano), two violins, viola and violoncello (1996)
  • Metaphor for harp (or piano) (1996). Premiere on October 10, 2007 at the Jewish Community Center, New York, by the Ensemble Continuum .
  • Jonona for flute, oud, Arabic violin, double bass and percussion (1996)
  • But in vain for flute, viola and harp (1997)
  • What I wished for for string quartet (1997)
  • Segoh for flute, oud, Arabic violin and percussion (1997)
  • Sonata for two pianos (1983/1998)
  • Piano Trio (2000)
  • Dirlo Bubin for flute, oud, arabic violin, double bass and percussion (2000)
  • Crossroads No. I for alto flute, violin and crotales (antique cymbals) (2003)
  • Crossroads No. II for piano (2004)
  • Crossroads No. III for guitar (2006)
  • Haqqoni - Crossroads No. IV for clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano and tape (2007). Premiere on October 10, 2007 at the Jewish Community Center, New York, by the Ensemble Continuum .
  • Musica Mundi for string quartet (2008)
  • Crossroads No. V for string sextet

Individual evidence

  1. Calendar section on the homepage of the Continuum Ensemble
  2. Calendar section on the homepage of the Continuum Ensemble

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