Acclaimed by The New York Times for the 'richness of his harmony' composer and pianist Eugene Astapov is a graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City. As one of Canada's most promising young talents, Mr. Astapov has many accolades and distinctions to his credit including an award from the SOCAN Foundation and Eastman School's Howard Hanson Prize in Composition.
Having had his music performed across the world by ensembles such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, Penderecki String Quartet, Fifth House Ensemble, L'Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, and others, he has shared his music with audiences of all types and backgrounds from venues such as Salle Cortot in Paris, the National Arts Center in Ottawa, Alice Tully Hall in New York's Lincoln Center to local chapels in Kenosha, WI and Staten Island, NY.
Eugene's music has been performed in Canada by the country's major ensembles including the Vancouver Symphony, Esprit Orchestra, the Penderecki String Quartet and l'orchestre de la francophonie canadienne. His music has been heard abroad interpreted by Fifth House Ensemble at the Ravinia Music Festival, the Eastman Philharmonia, pianists Daria Rabotkina and Nina Kazimirova and Élan Duo. His music has also been performed in many countries throughout the world and featured on a number of CD recordings including Nina Kazimirova's record on TelDec label in Germany and Omar Fassa's recording of contemporary works for guitar in Italy.
A number of masterclasses with world's leading composers including Peter Maxwell Davies, Sofia Gubaidulina, Giya Kancheli, Oliver Knussen, and Kaija Saariaho has led Mr. Astapov to compose music that combines both diversity in the palette of musical expression, as well as clarity and beauty of orchestral color.
Eugene has recently satisfied the requirements for the degree of Master of Music in Composition at The Juilliard School where he studied under the renowned composers Christopher Rouse and Robert Beaser. Mr. Astapov also holds a Bachelor Degree of Music in Composition from the Eastman School where he studied extensively with Dr. David Liptak. Having acquired an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music Diploma in Piano Performance while taking lessons from the Canadian pianist Nina Kazimirova, Eugene has also been enjoying numerous solo and orchestral appearances at home and abroad. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Toronto, Canada.