Artyom Kim

(b. 10 August 1976, Bekabad).

Uzbek composer of mostly stage, chamber and vocal works that have been performed in Asia and Europe; he is also active as a conductor.

Mr. Kim began private studies in music at age ten and studied bayan with Mikhail V. Mayevsky at the Khamza State Music College in Tashkent from 1991–95. He studied composition with Mirsadik Tadjiev at the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan in Tashkent in 1995–96 and with Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky there from 1996–2001, where he earned his MMus.

Among his honours is First Prize as a bayan-player in a competition for young performers in Samarkand (1994). His music has been performed in France, the Netherlands, Russia, the UK, and Uzbekistan.

As a conductor, he has served as music director of the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent since 1999. He has conducted his own music alongside contemporary répertoire, often in collaboration with the Atlas Ensemble and Nieuw Ensemble, both in Amsterdam.

He is also active in other positions. He helped to organise the annual festival for contemporary music Ilkhom-XX in Tashkent from 1997–2006.


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Giselle (incidental music, play by Olga Mikhailova), 1997

Salomé (incidental music, play by Oscar Wilde), 1998

Ubu roi (incidental music, play by Alfred Jarry), 1998

Twelfth Night (incidental music, play by William Shakespeare), 1999

Portrait of Mademoiselle Tarzhi (incidental music, play by Ivan Elagin), 2000

Imitations of the Qur'an (incidental music, play by the Ilkhom Theatre, after Alexander Pushkin), 2002

'Art' (incidental music, play by Yasmina Reza), 2003


Concerto for Large Orchestra, 2001


Children's Suite, balalaika, 1997

Ostinato, guitar, 1997

A Page from the Album, violin, cello, piano, fixed media (2 tracks), 1998

Étude for Prepared Guitar, 1999

Stabilis-Mobilis, flute, oboe, bass clarinet, harp, guitar, mandolin, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, 2001

Cantus Firmus, flute, cello, accordion, vibraphone, 2002

De Profundis, cello, ensemble (bassoon, harp, double bass, harpsichord, vibraphone [+ 3 Thai gongs, tam-tam], any bass drum used in rituals), 2003

Rag Music, sheng (mouth organ from China), bass clarinet, harp, kemençe (bowed lute from Central Asia), qanun (zither from the Middle East), erhu (violin from China), viola, double bass, piano (+ harmonium), vibraphone (+ 3 Thai gongs, tam-tam, harmonica), djembé (goblet drum from western Africa), 2004


Drafts (text by Rumiko Kōra [Russian translation]), voice, viola, piano, 1997

Anecdotes from Pushkin's Life (text by Daniil Kharms), voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, electric guitar, violin, viola, cello, bass guitar, piano, drum kit, 2000

Drei Gedichte von Heine (text by Heinrich Heine), voice, violin, cello, piano, 2001

L'Autre Plane (text by Emile Verhaeren), soprano, alto, flute, pipa (lute from China), cello, 2002


Incarnatus, 1997


Suite, 1997