Ilya Demutsky (b. 1983) is a Russian multi-award winning composer, performer, and conductor. His works include compositions for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensemble, piano, voice, as well as electronic and film music.
The legendary Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow commissioned Demutsky to compose a new full-length ballet, A Hero of Our Time, which won the Golden Mask Russian National Theatre Award for Best Ballet Production for 2015/2016, as well as the award for Best Composer in Musical Theatre for Demutsky. Two new ballets composed by Demutsky to be premiered in 2017: a new work commissioned by the San Francisco Ballet, and the full-length ballet Nureyev commissioned by the Bolshoi.
As a film composer, Demutsky has worked extensively with Emmy-, TEFI- and Nika- award winning film director Sergey Miroshnichenko (Born in the USSR: 28 Up, Rings of the World, the official film of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games and others). Demutsky has won the European Film Award for Best Composer 2016 for his score of Kirill Serebrennikov’s film The Student. He has also composed music for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi.
Demutsky’s compositions are regularly performed by ensembles around the world, including the Clerestory Vocal Ensemble, the Subito Vocal Ensemble, the Pacific Mozart Ensemble, the San Francisco Conservatory Chorus, the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory Chorus, the Capella Taurida Chorus, the Smolny Cathedral Chamber Choir, the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, the Orpheus Radio Station Symphony Orchestra, the State Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Saint Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna Orchestra, the Belgorod State Symphony Orchestra and others.
Demutsky is the laureate of the International Composition Competition «2 Agosto» (Bologna, 2013), the Jim Highsmith Composition Competition (San Francisco, 2008), the International Prokofiev Composition Competition (Saint Petersburg, 2012), the Tikhon Khrennikov Composition Competition (Lipetsk, 2013) and many others.
After graduating from Glinka Choir College, Demutsky earned his master’s degree in choral conducting from Saint Petersburg State Conservatory. Between 2007 and 2009, he studied composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with David Conte. Demutsky has been an active performer in various choral societies of St. Petersburg and San Francisco, as well as a conductor of choirs and instrumental ensembles. Demutsky is also an artistic director of the award-winning Cyrillique Ensemble.
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