About Dmitry Smirnov in the Past Tense
Honored Art Worker of Russia, Chevalier of the Order of France “In Recognition of Merits in Art & Literature”, Honored Worker of Culture of Kazakhstan (“The Perfection in Culture”), Professor at Moscow State Tchaikovsky Con- servatory. Laureate of the All-Union Composers Com- petition (the First Prize for the First Symphony “Guernica”, 1985); Laureate of the Guido d’Arezzo International Composers Competition (the First Prize for the “Ave Maria” for 12 solo- ists, violin, organ and vibraphone, Italy, 1989); Laureate of the Henri Dutilleux International Composers Competition (Le Grand Prix for the “Effet de Nuit” for bass-baritone, clarinet, horn, piano, vibraphone and cello on the poem by Paul Verlain, France, 1996). The music by Yuri Kasparov is widely performed in many countries. The world premieres of his works has taken place in France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, England, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland, Sweden, Hungary, Denmark, Norway, Romania, Finland, Ukraine, Japan, USA and Russia. In France alone, about 20 world premieres took place, of which two thirds were in Paris. To date, six profile CDs by Yuri Kasparov have been issued by such well-known labels as “Olympia” (UK), “Le Chant du Monde” together with “Harmonia Mundi” (France), “Vista Vera” (Russia) and others.