Dmitri Kourliandski portrait 2012 radio




Maps of non-existent cities. Stockholm.
for orchestra (2012)
~18 min.


commissioned by Baltic sea music festival
Published by Editions Jobert

Programme note
The piece is an attempt to create my inner geography and topography, my internal outside world. We all have our unique relations with the outer world. In a way we create or construct it in accordance to our personal expectations and preferences. I always believed the process of perception is similar to that of peering into the darkness - while your eyes get accustomed to the darkness, objects’ shapes appear in space. And you never know if these new-born objects are real or imaginary. The development of the material in the piece corresponds to this idea: more and more of new events and gestures appear (disappear) on (in) a trembling, uncertain and unstable surface of sound.


Nosferatu Suite
for orchestra (2011) (min.
~19 min.


Commissioned by Perm Opera

Programme note

"Nosferatu" is the opera for soloists, choir and orchestra, written in 2011. Musically opera represents a multilayer construction, where all layers (orchestral, choral and vocal ones) cross, overlap and displace each other, creating different combinations. The material permanently moves forming, transforming and disforming various rhythmic and timbral models. The Suite consist mainly of the orchestral layer of the first Act.

Previous performances
Dec. 22, 2011 - Freiburg, Germany
Konzerthaus Freiburg
SWR Symphony orchestra, Teodor Currentzis


Emergency Survival Guide
for 1 or 2 automobiles and orchestra
ossia ~ 17' (2009/2010)


J-Futura Orchestra, Maurizio Dini Ciacci, cond.

Commissioned by La Biennale di Venezia
Version for 2 cars commissioned by J-Futura Orchestra

Programme note
Let’s imagine: when on the stage, the musician finds an automobile instead of the piano. What can he do in such an emergency situation? He has only to choose between canceling the concert or getting into the car and drive out. In the similar situation finds himself a composer who was asked to write a piece for a car. Perhaps, the score of such a piece should be entitled "Emergency Survival Guide"..

Previous performances
Jan. 3/4/5, 2014 - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Orchestra of the Sint-Niklaas Music Academy, Pieter Matthynssens, cond.
Sept. 5, 2010 - Padua, Italy
Piazza della Frutta (open air)
Porsche Live. Le notti.
Orchestra J Futura, Marcello Panni
Sept. 4, 2010 - Treviso, Italy
Theatre Treviso
Orchestra J Futura, Marcello Panni
Sept. 25, 2009 - Venice, Italy
Teatro alle Tese
Venice biennale
Orchestra J Futura, Maurizio Dini Ciacci


Artificial life-support machinery
for orchestra ~ 12' (2004)


Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Peter Biloen, cond.

Commissioned by Youths Academies of Russia

Programme note
And so, will it be like that from now on?

Yes, it will.
Get used to it.

OK, let it…”

Lev Rubinstein. Home music playing.

This composition is an ironical and at the same time pessimistic view of our world where no place is left for privacy. The world is extremely mechanical and military, webbed by mass media and locked in regimes. The world which neutralizes and rules any human specifics, finding a place for everything in the global system of relationships. That world supports but destructs the life around us.

Previous performances
Sept. 10, 2010 - Yekaterinburg, Russia
Ural Heavy Machines Plant (Uralmash)
Ural industrial biennale
Ural philharmonic orchestra, Dmitri Liss
Oct. 23, 2007 - Moscow, Russia
Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire
"Games without words" festival
Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Peter Biloen
May 19, 2006 - Moscow, Russia
Moscow Composers House
Russian Philharmonia orchestra
Feb. 28, 2005 - Krasnodar, Russia
Municipal hall of organ and chamber music
Youths Academies of Russia
Kuban symphony orchestra, Vladimir Ziva, cond. 
Feb. 21, 2005 - St.-Peterburg, Russia
Glazunov hall
Youths Academies of Russia
St.-Petersburg's Chapel Symphony orchestra, Alexander Sladkovski, cond.  


version for string orchestra ~ 12' (2004)


Published by Le Chant du Monde

Programme note

Previous performances


Dmitri Kourliandski. Objective music
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couvkourliand1aPierre Roullier,
Omer Corlaix,
Dmitri Kourliandski,
Makis Solomos,
Jan Topolski,
Dmitri Bavilski

2010. 2E2M,
A la ligne. collection.
130 pages. French / English.

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