Benjamin Yusupov

(b. 22 November 1962, Dushanbe).

Israeli composer, born in Tajikistan, of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and elsewhere; he is also active as a conductor.

Mr. Yusupov studied composition with Roman Ledenyov, conducting with Dmitri Kitayenko, music theory with Yuri Kholopov, orchestration with Yuri Fortunatov, and piano with Natalya Yurigina at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow from 1981–90. He later earned his PhD at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan in 2001.

Among his honours are the Association Prize of the Russian Composers Union (1989), the Clone Prize of the Israeli Composers League (1993), First Prize in a competition in celebration of the opening of the Gabriel House in the Jordan Valley (1993), and the Award of the Israeli Prime Minister (1999). His music has been performed in Croatia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, the UK, and the USA.

As a conductor, he served as music director of the Dushanbe Philharmonic Orchestra from 1988–90 and later conducted his own music in Israel.

His publisher is the Internationale Musikverlage Hans Sikorski.





Solitude, Op. 9, 1984–85

Poem, string orchestra, Op. 12a, 1985–86 (version of String Quartet, Op. 12)

Symphony No. 1, large orchestra (89 players), Op. 13, 1986–87 (also shorter version as Op. 21, 1992)

Falak (symphonic poem), large orchestra, Op. 17, 1988

Gabriel, Op. 19, 1991

1492, symphonic band, Op. 20, 1992

Nostalgia, string orchestra, Op. 22, 1992

Sinfonia concertante, piano, orchestra, Op. 25, 1989–93

Sameach yesamach, string orchestra, Op. 26, 1993

Introduction and Dance, symphonic band, Op. 27, 1993

Tanovor, flute, 2 French horns, string orchestra, Op. 28, 1993–94

Views of Israel: Kineret, violin, orchestra, Op. 29, 1993–94

Views of Israel: Haifa, flute, clarinet, orchestra, Op. 30, 1994 (also versions for flute, clarinet, symphonic band, Op. 30a, 1994; flute, bassoon, piano, Op. 30b)

Nola, flute (+ bass flute, contrabass flute), 48 strings, Op. 31, 1994

With the Sounds of Fanfare, symphonic band, Op. 32, 1994

Melancholy, symphonic band, Op. 34a, 1995 (version of work for piano, Op. 34)

Aleph, large orchestra, Op. 35, 1995

Twilight, symphonic band, Op. 37, 1995

Irbuvya, percussion, string orchestra, Op. 39, 1996

Against the Walls, symphonic band, Op. 41, 1996

Concerto, violin, orchestra, Op. 46, 1997–98

Three, five, seven, symphonic band, Op. 48, 1998

Iniquities (according to Psalm 130), small orchestra (18 players), Op. 50, 1998 (also version for orchestra, Op. 50a, 2000)

Dasht (concerto), trombone, ethnic instruments (1 player), small orchestra (15 players), Op. 51, 1999 (also version for trombone, ethnic instruments [1 player], orchestra, Op. 51a, 2000)

Symphony No. 2, 'Twelve Tribes', Op. 55, 2000–02

Passage to a Dream (Ethiopian Fantasy), Op. 54, 2002


Melody and Dance in Folk Character, flute, piano, Op. 1, 1981

Three Duets, 2 bassoons, Op. 2, 1981

Kasida on Mourning, viola, piano, celesta, Op. 4, 1982

Sonata, violin, piano, Op. 5, 1983

Shukrnoma, 12 violins, piano, Op. 7, 1984

Sadoi kuhsor, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, Op. 11, 1985

String Quartet, Op. 12, 1985–86 (also version as Poem, string orchestra, Op. 12a)

Two Duets, flute, piano, Op. 14, 1987

Sonata, cello, piano, Op. 15, 1987–88

Fantasy, viola, Op. 16, 1988

JerusalemHeart of the World, 5 recorders, piano, 3 percussion, Op. 24, 1993

Views of Israel: Haifa, flute, bassoon, piano, Op. 30b, 1994 (version of work for flute, clarinet, orchestra, Op. 30)

Potpourri of Yiddish Songs, piano, 3/4 accordions, Op. 36, 1995

Metaphor, harp, Op. 38, 1996 (also version for piano, Op. 38a)

Quintet, marimba, string quartet, Op. 40, 1996 (also version for piano, string quartet, Op. 40a, 1996)

Jonona, flute, oud (lute from the Middle East) (+ rababa [2-string bowed instrument from the Middle East]), double bass, percussion, Op. 42, 1996

Segoh, flute, oud (+ rababa), percussion, Op. 43, 1997

But in vain, flute, harp, viola, Op. 44, 1997

What I wished for, string quartet, Op. 45, 1997

Trio, violin, cello, piano, Op. 52, 2000

Dilro bubin, flute, oud (+ rababa), double bass, percussion, Op. 53, 2000


Roads of Jerusalem (text from the Book of Proverbs), children's chorus, orchestra, Op. 23, 1992

Feelings of Creation (cantata, texts by Galit Gilad, Omar Khayyam), speaker, mixed chorus, viola, piano, 4 percussion, Op. 33, 1994–95


Shiru Shakar (text by Abdel Qasim Lohuti), voice, orchestra of folk instruments from Tajikistan, Op. 8, 1984

Song-Cycle on Japanese Poetry (texts by poets from Japan), mezzo-soprano, viola, piano, Op. 10, 1985

Six Tanka, mezzo-soprano, violin, piano, Op. 47, 1998


Calming, Op. 3, 1981

SonataRhapsody, 2 prepared pianos, Op. 6, 1983–84 (also longer version as Sonata, Op. 49, 1998)

Shirinjohn, Op. 18, 1990

Melancholy, Op. 34, 1984–95 (also version for symphonic band, Op. 34a)

Metaphor, Op. 38a, 1996 (version of work for harp, Op. 38)


Nola, Op. 31. Matthias Ziegler, flute, bass flute, contrabass flute; Michael Helmrath/48 strings of the Dresdner Sinfoniker (Arte Nova: 74321 82556-2)

Nola, Op. 31. (Enja: LC 7302)

Jonona, Op. 42; Segoh, Op. 43. (New Stream: 101)

Sonata, Op. 15. (New Stream: 102)

Sonata, Op. 49. (New Stream: 103)