Yuri Smirnov always sought to consider each piece of music from his own angle of view, to bring his creative personality to life
Some musicians can be called stars in the musical horizon. They suddenly light up and burn long and brightly, illuminating the space, bewitching with its flicker.
Yuri Smirnov will be appropriate to compare not with a star, but with a comet. His name sounded loudly in 1974, at the International Villa Lobos Competition in Rio de Janeiro. Then a talented young man, a student at the Moscow Conservatory, won the hearts of his listeners with his technical and expressive performance of the Fifth Concert for Piano and Orchestra of Villa Lobos. The jury, impressed by the play of the young man, awarded him the first prize.
Since then, almost no one has heard of a promising pianist. In the music world, such paradoxes sometimes occur.
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Years of study
Yuri Smirnov never pursued fame, success, musical career. He was always primarily concerned with music itself, its beauty, depth and harmony.
At the Moscow State Conservatory, Smirnov first studied with L.N. Oborin, then went to class with B.Ya. Zemlyansky. Yuri Smirnov held an assistant internship with E.V. Malinin. The work of three teachers has borne fruit. During his studies, the young man had the opportunity to adopt the best from several teachers at once, get a great musical, cultural and intellectual experience, learn a lot through communication with prominent musicians and teachers.