Dmitri Kourliandski

(b. 1976, Moscow).

Russian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and vocal works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and North America.

Mr. Kourliandski studied flute with Daniil Kharkeyevich at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow from 1991–95, where he later studied composition with Leonid Bobylev from 1997–2002 and had postgraduate studies with him from 2002–06.

Among his honours are First Prize in the competition of the Internationale Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Amsterdam (2003, for Innermost man), a period as a guest of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (2008), the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award in Lugano (2010, for Toy Symphony), and a prize in the competition for new opera Johann Joseph Fux in Graz (2011). He is the subject of the book Dmitri Kourliandski. Objective music (2010, Ensemble 2e2m). His music has been performed in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the UK.

He is also active in other positions. He founded the journal Tribuna Sovremennoy MuzykiTribune of Contemporary Music in Moscow in 2005 and served as its editor-in-chief from 2005–09. He served as composer-in-residence to Ensemble 2e2m in 2010.

He has taught instrumentation at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory since 2001.

His primary publisher is Éditions Henry Lemoine.


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Nosferatu (opera, libretto by Dimitris Yalamas), soprano, mezzo-soprano, female voice, male voice, 24 mixed voices, large orchestra (minimum 62 players), 2011 (a concert suite was arranged as Nosferatu Suite, large orchestra [88 players] [also version for orchestra (12 winds, 12 brass, 4 percussion, 30 strings)])

Swerlians (opera, libretto by Boris Yukhananov), soprano, countertenor, bass-baritone, 8 mixed voices, 2012

Asteroid 62 (opera, libretto by Dimitris Yalamas), soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass, flute, oboe, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, bassoon, French horn, B-flat trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, accordion, 2 percussion, 2012–13


Artificial life-support machinery, large orchestra (77 players), 2004

Night-turn, string orchestra, 2004 (version of work for string quartet)

Life and death of Ivan Ilich, small orchestra (16 players), 2005

DSCH. Recollecting the name, small orchestra (16 players), 2005

Contra-relief, small orchestra (18 players), 2005

Emergency Survival Guide, automobile/2 automobiles, large orchestra (8/12 winds, 9/11 brass, harp/2 pianos, 6 percussion, strings), 2009–10

Objets impossibles I, small orchestra (24 players), 2010

Objets impossibles II, small orchestra (24 players), 2010

Nosferatu Suite, large orchestra (88 players), 2011 (concert suite from stage work; also version for orchestra [12 winds, 12 brass, 4 percussion, 30 strings], 2011)

Maps of nonexistent cities. Stockholm., orchestra (8 winds, 2 French horns, trumpet, trombone, harp, piano, 2 percussion, 22 strings), 2012


Fegis, violin, piano, percussion, 2001

Ars stricta, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, harp, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano, marimba, 2001

Une Histoire de la musique, tuba, double bass, bass drum, 2001

~#(:-&PER4MUSICIANS, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2002

Seven circles, string quartet, 2002

Brown study, bass flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, 2002 (also version for flute, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 2002)

SONOGRAMMA (improvisation), any player, live electronics ad libitum, 2002

Resonant mass, 4 percussion, 2002

...pas d'action, alphorn, contrabass clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2003 (also version for bass flute, bass clarinet, guitar/piano, violin/viola, cello, 2011)

still_life, flute, English horn, bassoon, French horn, B-flat trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp, violin, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, 2004

Inside the movement, harp, double bass, piano, percussion, 2004

Night-turn, string quartet, 2004 (also versions for 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, 2004; string orchestra)

Danc[e]inG, alto flute, alto saxophone, viola, snare drum, live electronics, 2005

Broken memory, violin, cello, piano, 2005

[ob]version, oboe, piano, 2005

White concerto, bass flute, bass clarinet, trombone, piano, accordion, percussion, 2006

Unsolvable acoustic case, 6 percussion, ensemble, live electronics, 2007

dissecta... still life with bows and surfaces, French horn/trombone (with 2 bows), cello (with 2 bows), double bass (with 2 bows), piano (with 2 bows), timpani (with 2 bows), 2007

bas-relief, bassoon, 2007

Tube space, tuba/euphonium, 2003–08

prePositions, violin/viola, 2008

Punctuation marks, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano/accordion, 2008

FL [falsa lectio] #2, bass flute/contrabass flute, 2008

Shiver, bayan, 2010

Lullaby dances, violin, ensemble (flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, double bass, percussion), 2011

An Evening Song to She Who Exists by My Name (text by Daniil Kharms), bass drum, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, double bass, 2012


Lacrimosa, soprano, 40 mixed voices, 2006 (section of Lacrimosa [anatomy of pain]; may be performed separately)


Innermost man (text by Andrei Platonov), soprano, 4 ensembles (flute, bass clarinet; French horn, trumpet, trombone; violin, viola, cello, double bass; piano, bayan, percussion), 2002

4 states of same, voice, flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, cello, percussion, 2005

Lacrimosa [anatomy of pain], 2006 (its two sections may be performed separately: Lacrimosa; Lacrimosa [anatomy of pain] [text by Dimitris Yalamas], soprano, speaker, small orchestra [15 players], live electronics)

Engramma, female voice, French horn, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, accordion, percussion, 2008

Voice-off, any voice, 2008

Wireless technologies (text by Stanislav Lvovsky), female voice, 4 flutes, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, 4 saxophones, tuba, violin, cello, double bass, percussion, 2011


forte:music:piano:music, 2000–02 (its three sections may be performed separately: Synchronization primitives, 2002; Symmetrical matrix, 2000; Absolute majority, 2002)

Surface, 2007


Negative modulations, flute, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, B-flat trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, fixed media, film, interactive system (by Olga Kumeger), 2003–06

happy mill (interactive audiovisual fast-food performance for 4 female performers), chicken nuggets, French fries, carrot sticks, Coca-Cola, live electronics, film, 2007

The little match girls (unsung Candlejack's songs), 2 female voices, flute, harp, violin, piano, fixed media, film, 2013


Moscow lullaby, flute, clarinet, French horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, 2007 (for Moscow by Mikhail Kaufman)

Aelita, flute, clarinet, bassoon, trombone, violin, cello, double bass, waterphone, 2010 (for Aelita by Yakov Protazanov)