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artistic director of Studio for New Music ensemble professor of The Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory
Vladimir Tarnopolski (1955) was born in Dniepropetrovsk. He studied composition at The Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Nikolai Sidelnikov and Edison Denisov and music theory with Yuri Kholopov. His composition for the Conservatory's final exam was his Concerto for Cello (1988); it was selected by Gennady Rozhdestvensky for a series of concert programs, titled as From the history of Soviet music.
Tarnopolski is a frequent guest in many Western contemporary music festivals, such as: The World Music Days of the ISCM, The Berliner Festwochen, The Munchener Biennale, Wien Modern, Holland Festival, Frankfurter Musikfest, Almeida Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Hommage aux Russes Paris, The Schleswig-Holstein Musikfest, Tage für Neue Musik Zurich, Make Music Together (Boston U.S.A.), The San Diego Arts Festival, Aktive Musik Dortmund, Rencontres Musicales d'Evian, Warsaw Autumn and many others. Numerous famous Russian conductors, such as Gennady Rozhdestviensky, Mstislaw Rostropovich, Alexander Lazarev, Vladimir Yurovsky and Valery Gergiev have conducted his works. His music has been performed by such ensembles as Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble InterContemporain, Schönberg Ensemble, Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble of Soloists of the Bolshoi Theatre. His stage works were premiered in Russia, Germany, France, Netherlands.
In Tarnopolski's compositions there is a fulminantly charged musical substance which fits into a concisely articulated, well-balanced construction. The composers' music combines in a paradoxical manner two aesthetical aspects. The first is a search for a new euphony, which is developed on the basis of a complexly constructed sound material, which abolishes the juxtaposition between consonance and dissonance, sound and noise, harmony and timbre, as well as electronic and acoustic instruments. The second is a refined post-modernist theatricality, filled with either a joyful irony or a surrealistic grotesquerie.
Tarnopolski plays a significant role in the development of contemporary Russian musical life. He was one of the initiators of ACM, the Association of Contemporary Music in Moscow (1989), which represented a group of composers, who reacted against the official Soviet cultural philosophy (the so-called socialistic realism).
In 1993 he had founded the Centre for Contemporary Music at the Moscow Conservatory as well as the Studio for New Music Ensemble, which had performed many works by the Russian Avant-garde composers. In 1994 Tarnopolski had also founded Moscow Forum, a new annual International Festival of Contemporary Music in Moscow, the main focus of which is the integration of contemporary Russian and East-European contemporary music with Western European contemporary music.
Since 1992 Tarnopolski is the professor of composition at the Moscow Conservatory. He holds numerous composition seminars in Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, USA and other countries.
Tarnopolski's musical compositions had been awarded many prizes including the Dmitri Shostakovich Prize (Russia 1991) and the Paul Hindemith Prize (Plon 1991).