One of the brightest young voices of Canadian new music, Dr. Eugene Astapov is a composer whose music combines the “richness of harmony” (New York Times) with a “haunting and soothing” narrative atmosphere (Calgary Herald). A graduate of The Juilliard School who studied with Christopher Rouse and Robert Beaser, Astapov has shared his music with audiences of different nationalities and backgrounds around the globe. The stages of New York’s Lincoln Center, the Salle Cortot in Paris, the National Arts Center in Ottawa, Sejong Hall in Seoul, Grafenegg Festival nearby Vienna, the Banff Center (where he was 2014 Composer in Residence), and the Ravinia Music Festival are a few venues among many others at which his work has been performed.
As a prolific creator of music for large orchestral forces, Astapov’s music has been performed by major orchestras and ensembles across Canada and internationally including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Lower Austria, Esprit Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Philharmonia and L’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, which enabled him to introduce his music to conductors including Peter Oundjian, Bramwell Tovey, Alex Pauk, Tania Miller, Paul Haas, Jeff Milarsky and Jean-Philippe Tremblay, to name a few. Currently Dr. Astapov maintains a busy schedule working on the team of Esprit Orchestra’s Outreach Programs presenting and conducting music of composers from a wide range of backgrounds.
In addition to his orchestral works, Astapov is an active composer of solo and chamber music, and is currently working on Contemplations, a project that creates sets of pieces for various solo instruments. His solo music has been recorded at the TelDec studios in Hamburg, Germany and released on that label. Astapov’s artistic activity is supported in part by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Ministry of Education, and the University of Toronto where he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree under the advisorship of Christos Hatzis and Gary Kulesha.