Compositional integrity, technically complex and yet accessible musical language, stylistic unity, careful treatment of quoted material and attentiveness to the sound possibilities of the instrumental structure – these are the main features of this composer’s art.
Moskovsky Muzykalny Vestnik (Moscow Music Herald), 2000
Leonid Karev was born in 1969 in Moscow. He graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, where he studied organ under Natalia Gureyeva, composition under Konstantin Batashov, orchestration under Yuri Butsko. From 1992 Leonid Karev continued his studies at the Conservatoire de Paris and the Conservatoire de Boulogne under Alain Bancquart and Michel Merlet for composition and under Michel Chapuis, André Isoir and Jean Guillou for organ; trained at the Muraltengut in Zurich and the École Normale de Musique de Paris.
His symphony Dulce memoriae was awarded Sacem Prize and a prize at the Gino Contilli Competition in Messina (2001), and his piece for choir Ave Maria was awarded at the Guido d’Arezzo Competition in Arezzo (2002). He is also the 1st prize of honor winner of the UFAM in Paris (1996) and the 1st prize winner of the Marcel Dupré Organ Competition in Chartres (1998).
He gives recitals at festivals in Europe, Russia and America. He collaborates with such musicians as Éric Aubier, Agnes Mellon, André Cogné, Serge Delmas, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Jean Tubéry, Philippe Bernold, Emmanuelle Bertrand among others.
Leonid Karev’s works as a composer include Dulce memoriae for symphony orchestra, Mots interrompus for organ and symphony orchestra, La Chanson des pierres for narrator and orchestra, 3 Nuovi sonetti religiosi for the reader, organ and ensemble, the opera L’Affaire eurêka for soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano and a poem for the choir and orchestra Die Engel to verse by Rilke.
Karev is currently the organist at the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin in Paris and a professor at the Conservatoire de Paris.
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