composer

Filanovsky, Boris

Website: Boris Filanovsky's website

Born in Leningrad. Graduated in 1995 from the Rimski-Korsakov State Conservatoire where studied under Boris Tishchenko. In 1992-97 attended the Russian Seminars for Young Composers at Ivanovo, under Sergei Berinsky. Winner of IRCAM Reading Panel'97. In 1998 studied at IRCAM.

2000-2012 – artistic leader of eNsemble, the only contemporary music group in St.Petersburg. Accomplished numerous musical projects, among them "Pythian Games" (annual composers' competition with anonymous performance and public voting) and "Step Aleft" (competition for young composers). In total eNsemble has commissioned and premiered about a hundred works by new Russian composers.

2003 – 24th Irino Prize for Chamber Music, Tokyo.  
2005 – shortlisted for final round of Third Competition "Music of 21 Century", Seoul.
2006 – artist-in-residence in Djerassi, California.
2010 – shortlisted for Youtube Russia composition competition, Moscow
2013/14 – artist-in-residence at Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD.

Member of Structural Resistance Group (StRes) that unites six influential Russian composers of his generation.

Since 2005 – performs as vocalist/narrator, with a dozen of works by Russian composers dedicated to him. As a performer of his own works and works by other composers collaborated with such artists as Teodor Currentzis, Reinbert de Leeuw, Pierre Roullier, Roland Kluttig, Fedor Lednev.

Works commissioned by such festivals as Maerzmusik, Klangspuren, Transart, Éclat, Diaghilev, by collectives like ensemble mosaik, Orkest de Volharding, DoelenEnsemble, Slagwerk Den Haag, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, ensemble Intégrales. Current commissions include new pieces for Quatuor Diotima and Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart.

Works performed by Schoenberg Ensemble & Reinbert de Leeuw, eNsemble and Fedor Lednev, 2e2m & Pierre Roullier, John Størgårds, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra & Susanna Mälkki, KNM Berlin, ensemble mosaik, Nieuw Ensemble / Otto Tausk, Orkest De Volharding / Jurjen Hempel, Gerrie de Vries, DoelenEnsemble, Frances-Marie Uitti, Russian National Orchestra, The Ural Philharmonics / Dmitri Liss.

Operatic works include Three Four, an off-theatre opera on texts by famous Russian conceptual poet Lev Rubinstein (staged in 2013 by Dmitry Volkostrelov), and The Sverlians, part of the opera serial on the book by Boris Yukhananov (staged in June 2015 by Boris Yukhananov).

Filanovsky is proteistic by nature, feeling himself as a Stravinsky-like creative type. He experiences strong tension to documentary texts and generative poetry (Scompositio, Words and Spaces, bzdmn, He made forty) as well as Russian nonsense verses (A Certain Quantity of Conversations, Janko Krul Albanskaj, Lesvet Setmy). From other side, he feels the spirit of deconstruction and plays with performing habits (We Can’t perform It, Schmozart, Seemphony, play.list). Last years he elaborates vast monotimbral compositions with fuzzy logic as main formal principle (Collectivision, Der Lauf der Dinge, La Machine Fleuve – together with Arno Fabre).