Born on June 8th, 1955 in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow Power Institute (1978) and from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (1984).
From 1985 to 1989 he worked as musical editor-in-chief at the State Russian Central Studio of Documentary Films.
From 1989 to 1991 he studied the Post-Graduated course of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Edison Denisov.
- Yuri Kasparov is:
- Laureate of the All-Union Composers Competition (the First Prize for the First Symphony “Guernica”, 1985);
- Laureate of the Guido d’Arezzo International Composers Competition (the First Prize for the “Ave Maria” for 12 soloists, violin, organ and vibraphone, Italy, 1989);
- Laureate of the Henri Dutilleux International Composers Competition (Le Grand Prix for the “Effet de Nuit” for bass-baritone, clarinet, horn, piano, vibraphone and cello on the poem by Paul Verlain, France, 1996).
In 1990 he founded the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble and became its artistic director.
From 1992 he is a member of organizing committee of the Moscow Autumn international festival for contemporary music.
From 1998 he is a member of board of the Moscow Composers’ Union.
In 2005 he started teaching at the Moscow Tchaikovsky conservatory. He teaches composition and orchestration.
In 2007 by decree of the President of Russia he was awarded to Honored Art Worker of Russia.
In 2008 by the Minister of Culture of France he was awarded to Chevalier dans L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
In 2009 the popular magazine “Musical Review” named Yuri Kasparov Composer of the Year.
In 2015, awarded with ‘The Perfection in Culture’ Badge by the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
In the beginning of the composer’s career, the works by Yuri Kasparov were often included in the most-prestige festivals such as Pontino (Italy), FrankfurtFest (Germany), Festival Radio-France Présences, Tokyo Summer Festival (Japan), Ensems (Spain), Warsaw Autumn (Poland) and many others.
Performers and organizers of various concerts actions commissioned him to compose works especially for their concerts. Among them are Ensemble Modern (Germany), Radio France together with l’Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (Groupe de Recherches Musicales), International festivals Tage für Neue Musik Zurich (Switzerland) and Feldkirch festival (Austria), Grand Théâtre de Tours (France), Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (Norway), Orchestre Symphonique de Tours (France), Ensemble Accroche Note and Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain (France), CORE Ensemble (USA), Archaeus Ensemble (Romania), Orchestre de Flûtes Française and many others.
His works have been conducted by such known maestros as Paul Mefano, Pierre Roullier and Daniel Kawka (France), Friedrich Goldmann (Germany), Olivier Cuendet (Switzerland), Tadaaki Otaka (Japan), David Milnes (USA), Emin Khachatourian, Valeri Poliansky, Vladimir Ziva, Sergei Skripka, Vassily Sinaisky, Alexandre Dmitriev (Russia) …
Among soloists who premiered the works by Yuri Kasparov are flutist Pierre-Yves Artaud (France), oboist Dorin Gliga (Romania), clarinetists Armand Angster (France) and Nicholas Cox (UK), bassoonists Valeri Popov (Russia) and Johnny Reinhard (USA), baritones Jaques Bona and Vincent Le Texier (France), organist Hérve Désarbre (France), violinist Vladislav Igolinsky, pianist Mikhail Dubov, cellists Vladimir Tonkha, Sergei Sudzilovsky and Alexandre Zagorinsky (Russia)…
His compositions have been performed by such performers as BBC - Wales Orchestra (UK), Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice (France), National Orchestra of Romanian Radio, Ensemble Contrechamps (Switzerland), Camerata Salzburg (Austria), Amsterdam Sinfonietta (The Netherlands), Ensemble 2e2m (France) as well as many leading Moscow orchestras and chamber groups.
Different recording companies recorded many works by Yuri Kasparov. Several profile CDs were issued by Olympia (UK), by Le Chant du Monde together with Harmonia Mundi (France), by Vista Vera (Russia) and others.
For the moment the catalog of the Yuri Kasparov’s works consists of about 40 works for symphony orchestra and of about 60 chamber works, including compositions for large soloists ensemble (sinfonietta).
The music by Yuri Kasparov is widely performed in many countries. The world premieres of his works has taken place in France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, England, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Romania, Finland, Ukraine, Japan, USA and Russia.
Regularly he gives lectures and master-classes at different institutions of higher educations both in Russia and abroad. Among them are Milano Giuseppe Verdi conservatory, Brno Janacek Academy of Music, Pyongyang Kim Won Gyun conservatory, Krasnoyarsk Academy of Music and Theater…
Symphony No 1 “Guernica”, Symphony No 2 “Kreutzer-Sinfonie”, Symphony No 3 “Ecclesiastes”, Symphony No 4 “Notre Dame”, Concerto for flute and orchestra “C’est la vie”, Concerto for oboe and orchestra, Concerto for bassoon and orchestra, Concerto for cello and orchestra, Concerto for organ and orchestra “Obélisque”, “Lincos” sequence for orchestra, “The World as it is” picture for symphony orchestra, “Genesis” microsymphony for orchestra, “Castles in the air” for 24 flutes, “Nevermore!” opera-monodrama for baritone and 17 performers, “Con moto morto” fantasy for 4 buckets, strings, organ and clockwork monkey, Five chamber symphonies for soloists ensemble (“Silencium”, “Touching”, “Light and Shade – setting off”, “Le Monde disparaissant” and “Five pictures of invisibility”), “Devil’s Trills” and “Seven Illusory Images of Memory” for 16 performers, “Les symbols de Picasso” for 12 performers, “Hommage à Honegger” for 9 performers, “Over Eternal Peace” chamber concerto for bassoon and 14 performers, “Ave Maria” for 12 voices, violin, organ and vibraphone, “Effet de Nuit” for bass-baritone and 5 performerson the poem by Paul Verlain, “L’Ange des catastrophes” cantata for baritone and 16 performers on the poem by Vadim Chérchénevitch and many others.