composer / pianist
"One of the most unusual and significant musicians of his generation."
- from BBC Radio Broadcast (1991)
"I find it direct, moving and completely fascinating. I don't hear it as 'classical music' - just as music. I don't hear someone showing off how clever they can be, but instead someone inside the music, an explorer discovering intricate new feelings."
- Brian Eno (1996)
Anton Batagov, one of the most influential young Russian composers and performers, born October 10, 1965 in Moscow, studied with Anna Kantor at the Gnessin School (piano) and with Tatiana Nikolayeva at the Moscow Conservatory (piano and composition). Prize-winner at four competitions: Concertino-Prague (1981), the All-Soviet Piano Competition (1985), the Tchaikovsky Competition (1986) and the Sydney International Piano Competition (1988). Performances in Russia, most European countries and the U.S.A.
A focal point of Batagov's concepts is its link to the post-Cagean philosophy, which cancels boundaries between the notions "performance" and "composition" by viewing all existing musical practices, from ancient music to rock/pop culture, as potential elements which might be used when performing/composing virtually any piece of music.
He was the first Russian pianist to take advantage of interpreting works by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass. For ten years Anton Batagov had been one of the leaders and organizers of "Alternativa", the annual international new music festival in Moscow.
While the musical language of Batagov's compositions was influenced by the heritage of Russian and European classics, he created the style of his own developing harmonic palette and motoric pulse of the Soviet avant-garde music of the 20-30s. His post-minimalist aesthetics which features trademark rhythmic vigor, unique sense of large-scale architecture, and lush, textured emotionalism, "might be mapped between Philip Glass' hot urban jungle and Morton Feldman's icy alpine heights". (The Moscow Tribune).
Batagov composes works for acoustic and electronic instruments. His discography counts about 30 CD releases. He is the author of several soundtracks for the movies directed by leading Russian directors. In the last decade he became a pioneer in making original music for the post-Soviet television. He composed over 1.000 tunes for the three major Russian TV channels. At present he works as a chief composer for the Federal Culture Channel.
In 1997 Anton Batagov discontinued his live performances and focused on studio recodings.
World premiere of complete work
February 18, 2009
London Royal Festival Hall, United Kingdom
Opera VITA NUOVA More Info
The Monk Thogmey's Thirty-Seven Precepts - new disk of Anton Batagov is released More Info
The 1st International Festival of Joint Projects "Amplitude"
25th, 28th of September
LONG ARMS FEST- 4 (2007) September 27-30, October 6-27 -- FOURTH presentation of the MAIN INTERNATIONAL VANGUARD FORUM OF TWO CAPITALS -- LONG ARMS in Moscow and APOSITION FORUM in St. Petersburg.
10 April, 2007, concert In memory of Nick DMITRIEV
Dom Cultural Center
13, 14 of November, 2006 Moscow Composers Orchestra on London Jazz Festival
LONG ARMS FESTIVAL - 3
September 27 - October 4, Moscow, 2006
DOM Cultural Centre
8, 9, 10 of July 2006 the play "Mozart and Salieri. Requiem" by Vladimir Martynov music.
14, 16, 17 of July the play "Song XXIII. Interment of Patrokl. Games" by Vladimir Martynov music More Info
10th of April, 2006
Nick, we remember you...
A film about Nick Dmitriev is now available for download. The film was shown in 2004 on Russian Channel TV Culture
DivX (300 mb) download now
23d of November - 2nd of December, 2005
5 performances of "Unorthodox Chants" Project in UK and Belgium
17th-19th of November, 2005 Festival in Tokyo in memory of Nick Dmitriev
1st-10th of October 2005, Long Arms Festival - 2
in memory of Nick Dmitriev
1st of July, 2004, 19:00
OPUS POSTH Ensemble
performs THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF OUR SAVIOUR ON THE CROSS by Joseph Haydn
Kozitsky lane., house 5
metro Puschkinskaya, Tverskaya, Chekhovskaya
information - 299-2262
new music festival
in memory of Nick Dmitriev
from May 15 till 19
IN CONCERT STUDIO
M.Nikitskaya str., 24
organized by DEVOTIO MODERNA CENTER and RADIO CULTURE GTRK
composers Martynov, Batagov, Karmanov, Aigi, Zagny, Pelecis, Rabinovich, Semzo, Glass, Dresher and others performers Tatiana Grindenko, Galina Muradova, OPUS POSTH ensemble, Anton Batagov, Sergei Zagny, Alexey Aigi, 4.33 ensemble, Tibor Semzo, GORDIAN KNOT ensemble, ALKONOST choir and others
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