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A native of Siberia, Russia, Grigory Smirnov is a composer and pianist based in New York City. His compositions have been performed around the globe in major venues, such as Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, Merkin Concert Hall, Moscow Philharmonic Society and The Copenhagen Opera House. His recent CD album “Dowson Songs • Chaconne”, released by Naxos Records (“Critic's Choice” in Opera News magazine) features a largescale song cycle Dowson Songs, commissioned by The ASCAP Foundation and premiered at Merkin Concert Hall. Grigory Smirnov's music has been featured on WQXR, America's leading classical music radio station, and in a number of festivals worldwide, including Tanglewood Music Center (MA, USA), Brevard Music Center (NC, USA), Composers Now (New York), ppIANISSIMO (Sofia, Bulgaria), Chamber Music Sessions (Kiev, Ukraine), CTAM Festival (Moscow, Russia), Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival (MI, USA). He was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow. As a pianist, Grigory Smirnov performs classical, contemporary and improvisational music. He has taught at Rutgers University and is currently on the faculty at Lindeblad School of Music, NJ Academy of Music and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and serving as an organist at First Presbyterian & Trinity Church in South Orange, NJ. Born in Novosibirsk, Russia, Grigory Smirnov studied as a pianist at the Novosibirsk Music College and as a composer with Yuri Yukechev at the Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory. During his years in Russia he was awarded a composition prize at the IV Prokofiev International Competition and debuted as a composer of orchestral music with his composition Pastorale which was premiered by the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. Since moving to the United States, he received his Master of Music degree in composition from The Juilliard School in New York, where he was a full scholarship student in the studio of Christopher Rouse. More information can be found at