Vladimir Genin (b. 1958 in Moscow), studied piano with legendary Aliza Kezeradze, but finally decided on a composer’s career. In 1983, he graduated cum laude from Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with Roman Ledenev (Composition), Yuri Butsko (Instrumentation), and Ilia Kliachko (Piano).
In 1987, Vladimir Genin wrote The Plaint of Andrei Bogolubsky, Great Prince of Vladimir, a Choral Act for Soloists and Chorus ordered by Vladimir Choral Music Theater. The act had over 60 productions in Russia, it was performed during the celebration of the Millennium of Christening of Russia and during Vladimir Chamber Choir’s concert tour in the United States. The instrumentations of Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death and Sunless vocal cycles made by Genin to the order of Dmitry Hvorostovsky were performed under the baton of Valery Gergiev in St. Petersburg (1993, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra), and in Rotterdam and Brussels (1998, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.) The film Der Brief des Kosmonauten (Germany, 2001, script and film by Vladimir Torbica) with an original soundtrack by Vladimir Genin was successfully distributed all over Germany, shown on TV channels in Germany and Austria, and released on a DVD.
Among other works of Vladimir Genin are: Poem Symphony (1986); Concert Symphony for Piano and Symphony Orchestra (1988); The Last Journey chamber cantata (1994); Suite from a soundtrack for orchestra (2003); Three Feasts of Savior, an act for narrator, female soloist, chorus, and ensemble (2006); Apocryphal Chants about Doomsday for soloists, chorus, and ensemble (1990); Infernalia, or the Soul’s Descent into Hell after Fyodor Dostoevsky for soloists and chorus (1991); St. Augustine’s Confession for narrator and chorus (1990); Mosaique éclatée for block flutes and organ (2002); Rossini-Ouvertürenparade for chamber orchestra / for winds trio (1999); Caffee a duo suite for trumpet and piano (2006); Stimmen, Stimmen… Höere, mein Herz for trio of saxophones (1999); Die Trompeten der Engel for brass quartet (1995); chamber music; etc. The compositions of Vladimir Genin repeatedly performed in Russia and Germany and at the international festivals of contemporary music. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, London, contains an article on Genin’s music.
Vladimir Genin has been living and working in Munich since 1997.
Double Espresso Plus
Double Espresso Plus (2006) for piano trio brings in a grotesque, a bit jazz-like dance, or maybe march, making us plunge into reality, which is nearly comical in its brightness. Double espresso is a strong drink strongly boiled by the composer for three: it is a love triangle again, but this time the poor piano is clamped between two enraged furies, violin and cello. In their exclamations supported by a fragilely impressionistic piano, suffering will burst open but for a short time – for they will soon be thrown back to their farce hell with furious might…