Vladimir Nikolayev

(b. 1953, Mykolaiv).

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

Mr. Nikolayev studied composition with Aleksandr Chugayev at the Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow, where he graduated in 1981, and attended postgraduate courses with Aleksandr Chugayev at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow from 1983–85.

Among his honours are Fourth Prize in the competition Witold Lutosławski in Warsaw (1991, for Concerto for Orchestra) and the prize of the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund in Boston, Massachusetts (1992, for Concerto for Orchestra, Autumn Fantasy and Music for Piano and String Quartet).


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Tsar Demyan (opera in 1 act, libretto by Yelena Polenova), 2001 (collaboration with Leonid Desyatnikov, Vyacheslav Gayvoronsky, Iraida Yusupova)

Gold of the Narts (ballet, scenario by Viola Khodova), mixed chorus, theremin, 3 natural accordions, 3 or more natural percussion, orchestra, 2002


Poem, piano, orchestra, 1981

Concerto for Orchestra, 1982

Legend of the Beautiful Girl Salimakai, string orchestra, 1984

Autumn Fantasy, string orchestra, 1984

Concerto, accordion, string orchestra, 1989

Melancholic Construction, small orchestra, 1991

Et incarnatus est..., 20 strings, 1992

FM-Stück, orchestra, fixed media, 1995

Amokus for Seventeen, small orchestra (17 players), 1997


Trio, violin, viola, cello, 1983

Wind Quintet, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1983

Music for Piano and String Quartet, piano, string quartet, 1986

N-Design, 5 percussion, fixed media, 1993

Echolalia, 2 flutes, fixed media, 1993

Antique Landscape, cello, fixed media, 1995

Noctambulant Roundelay, 7 violins, fixed media, 1995

Music for 4 Violins and Tape, 4 violins, fixed media, 1996

The Devil's Skill, cello, fixed media, 1998

19 Peaks, theremin, string quartet, 1999

Revoluriations, clarinet, bassoon, percussion, string quartet, 2001

Lullaby for Jeff and Andy, bassoon, electric guitar, violin, cello, synthesizer, 2 percussion, 2001

Two Duets, clarinet, cello, fixed media, 2002


Ulari Udila (vocalise), folk chorus, fixed media, 1997


Molto espressivo (vocalise), voice, cello, fixed media, 1997

Valentina's Night Songs (vocalise), voice, fixed media, 1997

Giraffe (text by Nikolay Gumilev), voice, clarinet, fixed media, 2000 soul is flying... (text by Alexander Anashevich), voice, violin, cello, 2000


Frank's Tricks, fixed media, 1994

JD-Triptych, fixed media, 1994

Laugh Track, fixed media, 1996


On the Brinks (performance, text by Velimir Khlebnikov), 2 female voices, male voice, 1998

Paraskaz (performance, text by Alexander Pushkin), folk chorus, 1999

Games in the Void (instrumental-theatre work), clarinet, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2000


Frank's Tricks; Echolalia. Vladimir Fadeyev, Ilya Lundin, flutes (Solyd, 1995)

Antique Landscape; Laugh Track. Dmitry Cheglakov, cello (Electroshock Records, 1997)

Molto espressivo. Valentina Ponomaryova, voice; Dmitry Cheglakov, cello (Bohème Music: BMR 904055, 1999)

Tsar Demyan. (Mariinsky Theatre: 0101 004, 2002)

Gold of the Narts. Soloists of the Arvaiden Theatre; Lydia Kavina, theremin; Mark Kadin/Chamber Chorus of North Ossetia–Alania, Russian National Orchestra (Arvaiden Theatre, 2003)