Andrey Mikita

(b. 1959, Saint Petersburg).

Russian composer of mostly stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been performed in Europe and elsewhere; he is also active as a pianist.

Mr. Mikita studied composition with Boris Tishchenko and piano with Natan Perelman at the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in Saint Petersburg in 1977–78. He then studied composition with Tikhon Khrennikov and Alexander Tchaikovsky and piano with Yevgeny Malinin and Stanislav Neuhaus at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow from 1978–84, where he later studied as an assistant to Yevgeny Malinin from 1986–89.

Among his honours is First Prize in the competition Choral Spiritual Music in Moscow (2003, for Bogoroditse Devo, raduysya... – Virgin Mother of God, Rejoice). His music has been performed in Armenia, France, Germany, Israel, Kazakhstan, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine.

As a pianist, he has performed the music of Alexander Scriabin, as well as classical and contemporary music, including his own works. In addition, he has played with Alexander Mekayev as the Moscow Piano Duo since 1993.

He has taught composition at the Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow since 2001.

In addition to the works listed below, Mr. Mikita has written more than 40 choral works for the Russian Orthodox Church.


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Wild Angel (incidental music, play by Nikolay Kolomiets), 1982

The Ugly Duckling (ballet in 2 acts, scenario by Nikolay Lebedev, after Hans Christian Andersen), 1983 (collaboration with Olga Petrova, Irina Tseslyukevich)

Marriage (ballet in 2 acts, scenario by Alexander Polubentsev, after Nikolai Gogol), 1993

A Hero of Our Time (incidental music, play by Mikhail Lermontov), 2001

Prince I. (incidental music, play by Asiya Durgaryan, after William Shakespeare, Ilya Tyurin), 2003


Safari (suite), 1986 (version of work for piano)

Symphony, 1989

PoldenMidday (symphonic poem), large orchestra (61 players), 1990

SkazkaFairy Tale, 1993

Concerto on Themes of Grieg for Piano and Orchestra, piano, orchestra, 1997

The FrancoPrussian War (symphonic poem), orchestra (60 players), 2002


String Quartet No. 1, 'Bachiana', 1976

String Quartet No. 2, 1978

Five Moods of Flute and Cello, flute, cello, 1978

Expectation, cello, piano, 1979

String Quartet No. 3, 1979

Sonata for Viola and Piano, viola, piano, 1984

String Quartet No. 4, 1984

Sonata in A, violin, 1987

Red Gates (7 sketches and postlude), flute, violin, viola, cello, piano (+ harpsichord), 1989

Elegy to the Memory of Shostakovich, violin, piano, 1989

PresushchestvlenieSonata of the Holy Communion, cello, piano, 1994

The Himalayas, flute, 1994

Steppe, flute, domra (plucked instrument from Russia), piano, 1995


Slavyanskaya dushaSlavonic Soul (concerto, text by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy), mixed chorus, 1986

Two Poems of Sergey Mikhalkov (text by Sergey Mikhalkov), children's chorus, 1988

Velikaya vechernyaThe Great Vesper (text from the vespers of the Russian Orthodox Church), mixed chorus, 1991

Liturgiya KrasotyLiturgy of Beauty (cantata, text by Konstantin Balmont), tenor, bass, mixed chorus, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, piano, 1993

Bogorodichnye pesnopeniyaHymns to the Virgin (spiritual concerto, text from prayers of the Russian Orthodox Church), mixed chorus, 1996

Initium Caritatis (texts from the Book of Genesis, the Song of Solomon), mixed chorus, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1997

Jesum autem flagellatum... (text from the Book of Matthew), mixed chorus, organ, 1997

Three Folksongs on Texts of Alexander Pushkin (text by Alexander Pushkin), folk voice from Russia, mixed chorus, guitar, 1999

Tiramisù (text by Noira Volpi), mixed chorus, 1999

Drugu vo KhristeTo a Friend of Christ (text by John Shakhovskoy), mixed chorus, 2000

Bogoroditse Devo, raduysya... (texts from religious songs from Ancient Greece, Russia), female chorus, male chorus, 2002


Nate! – Take it! (text by Vladimir Mayakovsky), bass, piano, 1977

Dalyoky chertogThe Celestial Palace (text by Alexander Blok), bass, piano, 1981

Fragments d'enfance (text by Arthur Rimbaud), soprano, prepared piano, 1996

On i yaHe and I (text by Innokenty Annensky), soprano, piano, 1997

O SlezakhOn Tears (texts by St. Isaac of Nineveh, Fyodor Yenatsky, Avva Longin [all Russian translations]), soprano, domra, cello, piano, 1999

Three Musics on Texts of Valentin Fyodorov (text by Valentin Fyodorov), soprano, piano, 2000


Allegro ostinato, 1978

Sonata for Two Pianos, 2 pianos, 1978

Solnovert: Obrazy drevney RusiImages of Ancient Russia, 1982, revised 2002

Album in C, 1983

Safari (suite), 1985 (also version for orchestra)

Sonatina, 1986

Herzog Bluebeard (suite), 1986

Variations on a Jazz Theme, 1987

DomImages of My Homeland, 2 pianos, 1992

Impossibility (poem), 1993

Dedicated to Rachmaninoff, 2 pianos, 1994

Loss and Consolation, 2 pianos, 1996


The Wolf and the Seven Kids, fixed media, 2003