Vyacheslav Kuznetsov

(b. 1955, Vienna).

Belarusian composer, born in Austria, of mostly stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, and vocal works that have been performed throughout Europe and elsewhere.

Mr. Kuznetsov studied composition with Yevgeny Glebov at the Belarusian State Academy of Music in Minsk, where he graduated in 1983 and where he then had postgraduate studies with Yevgeny Glebov from 1983–85.

Among his honours is the State Prize of Belarus (2003). His music has been performed in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA, including at the ISCM World Music Days in Yokohama (2001) and regularly at the festival Belarusian Autumn and the festival Minsk Spring.

He is also active in other positions. He co-founded with Sergey Beltiukov, Galina Gorelova (Halina Harelava), Dmitry Lybin, Yevgeny Poplavsky (Yauhen Paplauski), and other composers the Belarusian Society for Contemporary Music in Minsk in 1990 and served as its chair from 1995–2001.

He has taught as a professor of music at the Belarusian State Academy of Music since 1987 and has served as chair of its department of instrumentation and score reading since 1998.

In addition to the works listed below, Mr. Kuznetsov has composed music for numerous films and theatre productions.


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Crazy Notes (opera, libretto by the composer), 1987

Twelve Chairs (ballet, scenario by Viktor Sarkisyan, the composer), 1993

Polonaise (ballet, scenario by Yevgeny Poplavsky [Yauhen Paplauski], the composer), 1994 (version of music by Michał Kleofas Ogiński)

Rex Solomon (ballet, scenario by Natalia Furman), 1998

Macbeth (ballet, scenario by Natalia Furman), 1999

Cleopatra (ballet, scenario by Valentin Yelizariev), 2003


Symphony No. 1, 1982

Symphony No. 2, 1984

Concerto for Orchestra, 1988

Adagio, organ, orchestra, 1989

Caesium-137, 1990

Shadow of Glass, 1990

Mosque Militaries, 1991

Partita in D, oboe, string orchestra, 1992

Das Glasperlenspiel, guitar, string orchestra, 1994

Symphony No. 3, 1995

Lament of Jeremy, 1996

Invitation to Torture, small orchestra (14 players), 1997

Kitsch-Musik, small orchestra (15 players), 2000


Sonata, tsymbaly (hammered dulcimer from Eastern Europe), 1989

Möbius Strip, flute, oboe, clarinet, viola, cello, harpsichord, crotales, 1991

Heterophony, oboe, violin, viola, 1993

Vine of Dandelions, vibraphone, 1994

Sonata, double bass, 1995

Letters of the Marquis de Sade, speaker, clarinet, cello, vibraphone, 2000

Ritual, trombone, 2000

Authentus, 4 flutes, 2002


Quiet Songs (cantata, text by Maksim Bahdanovič), mixed chorus, 1990

Belarusian Wedding (cantata, texts from folk sources from Belarus), mixed folk chorus, 1993

Tunes of Ancient Belarusians (song-cycle, text by Jan Čačot), male chorus, 1996

Choruses on Verses of Russian Poets (texts by Andrei Bely, Innokenty Annensky, Vladislav Khodasevich), mixed chorus, 1994–2000


Imagination (text by Rainer Maria Rilke), voice, piano, 1991

Lithuanian Diptixos (text by Joseph Brodsky), voice, flute, viola, cello, 1991

Euphony (text by Velimir Khlebnikov), 8 soloists, 5 percussion, 1993

Two Parables of F. Kafka (text by Franz Kafka), voice, clarinet, bassoon, trombone, cello, double bass, piano, 1993

Cry of the Butterfly (text by the composer), voice, clarinet, harpsichord, 1996

Seventeen Lines of Osip Mandelstam (text by Osip Mandelstam), voice, cello, 1997


Sonata, 1996

Bestiarium, 1996