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Alexander Raskatov


Biography highlights

Born in Moscow, Russian composer Alexander Raskatov graduated from the Moscow Conservatory (Prof. Albert Lehman).

Since 1994 he moved to Germany upon invitation of Mitrofan Petrovich Belyaev Publishing. Since 2007 he lives in Paris.


Alexander Raskatov was a member of the Union of Composers of Russian Federation, the Russian Association of Contemporary Music, and has participated in the Russian Studies Artists and Lecturers series at Stetson University (USA).


The composer was awarded the Main Composition Prize at the Salzburg Easter Festival (1998) and a Grammy award (After Mozart CD, Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica orchestra, 2002).


Alexander Raskatov has composed on commission for the Mariinsky Theatre, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, the Sinfonieorchester Basel (conducted by Dennis Russell Davies), the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Jaap van Zweden), the London Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Vladimir Jurowski), the Asko- Schönberg Ensemble (Amsterdam), the Hilliard Ensemble (London), the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble, among others.


His discography includes recordings for companies such as Nonesuch (USA), EMI (Great Britain), BIS (Sweden), Wergo (Germany), ECM (Germany), Megadisc (Belgium), Chant du monde (France), and Claves (Switzerland).


The Dutch National Television recorded a documentary on Alexander Raskatov’s Concerto for viola and orchestra under the name The Path (2004), featuring Yuri Bashmet, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and Valery Gergiev as conductor.


Alexander Raskatov's first opera A Dog’s Heart had its world premiere at the Dutch National Opera (2010) and was staged also at the English National Opera.


Upcoming performances of his works include Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (Amsterdam), Symphony Mysterium Magnum for Sopran and Bass and Orchestra (Basel), Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (The Hague and Seatle), and again A Dog’s Heart as a debut at the stage of Teatro alla Scala with Valery Gergiev, conductor, among others.

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