Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky

(b. 24 April 1963, Tashkent).

Uzbek composer of mostly stage, orchestral, chamber, vocal, and piano works that have been performed in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Mr. Yanov-Yanovsky studied composition and instrumentation with his father Felix Yanov-Yanovsky at the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, where he graduated in 1986. He attended masterclasses with Edison Denisov and Poul Ruders in Denmark in 1992 and attended IRCAM in Paris in 1993.

Among his honours are Deuxième Prix in the competition for sacred music in Fribourg (1991, for Lacrymosa), First Prize in the competition of the ensemble ALEA III in Boston, Massachusetts (1992, for Presentiment), the Prix Spécial de Nantes at the Festival International du Film de Cannes (1992, for Kammie [film score]), and the Prize of the Cinematographers' Union of Uzbekistan (1995, for The History of Islām, shared with Felix Yanov-Yanovsky [score for a series of animated films]). His music has been performed in Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Sweden, the USA, and Uzbekistan, including two portrait concerts in Italy (1999).

He is also active in other positions. He founded the annual festival for contemporary music Ilkhom-XX in Tashkent in 1996 and served as its artistic director from 1996–2006. He later served as composer-in-residence at the Siemens Foundation/Hearing Instruments Factory in New Jersey in 2002 and at Harvard University from 2008–10.

In addition to the works listed below, he has composed scores for more than 50 films and more than 25 stage productions.


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Thread (text by Omar Khayyam), voice, dancer, flute, ghijak (spike lute from Central Asia), tanbur (lute from the Middle East), cello, piano, 2 percussion, 1989

Come and Go (stage étude no. 1, text by Samuel Beckett), 3 female voices, flute, guitar, cello, piano, 1995

The Little Match Girl (ballet for children in 1 act, scenario by the composer, after Hans Christian Andersen), 1996–97

Breath (stage étude no. 2, text by Samuel Beckett), flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, fixed media, 1999

Eh Joe (chamber opera, libretto by Samuel Beckett), mezzo-soprano, male actor, 2001


Concerto, piano, small orchestra, 1983

Presentiment, small orchestra (16 players), fixed media, 1992

Chamber Music, small orchestra (14 players), 1993

Sotto Voce, 1993

Ritual, 1994

Conjunctions, string quartet, orchestra, fixed media, 1995

TakyrScorched Earth, 6 percussion, string orchestra, 1995

Lux æterna, violin, small orchestra (16 players), 1997

Predestination, harpsichord, small orchestra (15 players), 1997

Message, string orchestra, 2001

Notturno, small orchestra (15 players), fixed media, 2003

Concerto, cello, large orchestra, 2009–10


String Quartet, 1985

Coda, ghijak, chang (hammered dulcimer from Central Asia), 1986

Epilogue, piano, string quartet, 1989

Chang Music I, chang, 1990

Chang Music III, violin, viola, cello, 1991

Fragments of Bird Life, alto recorder, 1991

Sounding Darkness, flute, oboe, viola, cello, glass harmonica, 1992

Haiku for Gert Sørensen, percussion, 1992

Awakening, string quartet, fixed media, 1993

Chang Music IV, string quartet, 1993

Chang Music V, chang, string quartet, 1993–94

Music of Dreams, chang, harpsichord, fixed media, 1999

Night Music: Voice in the leaves, cello, ensemble (flute, oboe, harp, violin, cello, double bass, piano, 2 percussion), fixed media, 2000

Seven Miniatures, flute, 2001

Twilight Music, flute, oboe, clarinet, harp, guitar, mandolin, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, 2002

Hearing Solution, cello, ensemble (harp, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano, 2 percussion), 2002

Postscriptum, 4 percussion, 2003


Ad amorem (text from the Song of Solomon), 8/16 mixed voices, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 1997

Drei Lieder nach Texten von Friedrich Rückert (text by Friedrich Rückert), mixed chorus, 2002


Autumn rain in the darkness... (text by Matsuo Bashō), soprano, small orchestra, 1987

Lacrymosa, soprano, string quartet, 1991 (also version for soprano, string orchestra, 2002)

Hommage à Gustav Mahler (text by Friedrich Rückert), soprano, string quartet, 1996 (also version for mezzo-soprano, small orchestra [16 players], 1999)

Wiegelied für Heidelberg (vocalise), soprano, flute, guitar, violin, percussion, 1996

Moon Songs (text by Federico García Lorca), soprano, 2 pianos, 1996 (also version for mezzo-soprano, piano, 2003)

'...' (text by Alexander Pushkin), countertenor, violin, viola, cello, fixed media, 1999

Nach der Lese (sentimental comment, text by Stefan George), soprano, violin, cello, piano, 1999

Limericks (text by Edward Lear), baritone, small orchestra (15 players), 2003


Bagatelles, 1982

Cadenza, 1988

Chang Music II, 2 pianos, 1990

Allusions and Reminiscences, 2000

Silhouettes, 2001

Six Lost Chopin Waltzes, piano 4 hands, 2002


Facets, 1996

Elf and Mirror, 2000


Lacrymosa. Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Kronos Quartet (Nonesuch Records: 7559-79346-2, 1993)

Lacrymosa; Presentiment; Haiku for Gert Sørensen; Lux æterna; Hommage à Gustav Mahler. Roland Freisitzer/Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Le Chant du Monde: LDC 278 1110, 1998)

Nach der Lese. Linda Campanella, soprano; Antidogma Musica (Nuova Era: 7364, 2001)

Music of Dreams. Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, chang; Elisabeth Chojnacka, harpsichord (Opus 111: OPS 30-293, 2001)

Chang Music III. Xenia Ensemble (Felmay, 2002)