Vassily Lobanov

Internet Edition compiled by Onno van Rijen

Updated 15 May 2002


2 January 1947 in Moscow.


From 1963 until 1971 at Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow: piano under Lev Naumov and composition under Sergei Balasanyan. He also studied with Yuri Kholopov (analysis) and Alfred Schnittke (instrumentation).
From 1997 professor for piano at the 'Hochschule für Musik' in Cologne, Germany.


At the beginning of his output he was mainly concentrating his energy on rhythm, which has a sort of Bartokian sharpness to it.
His early works show the influence of Denisov; his later works are influenced by Schnittke.
He started applying serial techniques using quarter tones and double stops when writing for wind instruments. His fondness for repeated arpeggio patterns and something of Reichian phasing, built of the common materials of Western Music, is a characteristic element in his oevre.
Some of his works, like Piano Sonata no. 2, sound minimalist in character; some of his more recent works, like his opera Antigone, touch the world of pop music. Another characteristic is his fondness for extremely bleak but evocative melodic writing, somewhat sounding like the later works of Britten, but presumably really more closely related to Shostakovich.
In some more recent works Lobanov has seemed to be trying to integrate his style within the rather obvious formal traditions of Soviet music.


Thanks to the composer himself for additional information

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