A Russian composer born June 9, 1976 in Moscow (Russia).
A flautist by training, Dmitri Kourliandski studied composition at the Moscow Conservatory with Leonid Bobylev and won notably the Gaudeamus Prize in 2003.
In 2005 he founded the first Russian periodical devoted to contemporary music, Tribuna Sovremennoi Muzyki, becoming its editor-in-chief (2005-2009). Artistic director of the International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky City, he is also assistant music and artistic director for the Stanislavsky Theatre and organises masterclasses and lectures in Russia and Europe.
Inspired by John Cage, Gérard Grisey, Benedict Mason, Luigi Nono, Giacinto Scelsi, as well as by the music of improvisation and minimalism, Kourliandski has written scores that are relatively static and repetitive. Avoiding traditional instrumental sounds, he has developed ‘objective music’, intended as an object, a visual phenomenon.
Dmitri Kourliandski composes for all groupings: solo instrument (Tuba space for tuba, 2008; Shiver for accordion, 2010), instrumental ensemble (Pas d’action, 2003, premiered by the ensemble Aleph; Contra-Relief, 2005, commissioned by the SWR; Objets impossibles, 2010, commissioned by the Ensemble Intercontemporain), orchestra (The Riot of spring for orchestra, tape and public, 2013), as well as operas (Nosferatu, 2011; Asteroid 62, 2012) and film music (Aelita, 2010, premiered by the ensemble 2e2m). He also devises open works , the instrumentation and duration of which are indeterminate (Inner readings, 2015; Remote, 2016).