Timur Aleksandrovich Ismagilov (Russian : Тиму́р Алекса́ндрович Исмаги́лов; born 27 February 1982) is a Russian Bashkir composer and pianist. In his music he combines various composition techniques with a sustained interest in traditional Tatar and Bashkir melodic language.
Timur Ismagilov was born in Ufa (Bashkortostan, Russia). As a child he taught himself to play all the musical instruments that were available at home: the piano and different types of accordion (bayan, talyanka, saratovskaya). He also performed and recorded as a singer of Tatar and Bashkir songs.
Ismagilov started to compose music at the age of 11 and attended Rustem Sabitov's composition class in 1995–2000.He graduated from the Lyceum of Ufa State Institute of Arts (Lyudmila Alexeeva's piano class). In 2005 he graduated from Alexander Tchaikovsky's composition class at the Moscow Conservatory.
In 2005–2008 he took a postgraduate course in the conservatory (academic advisor Alexander Tchaikovsky, scientific advisor Svetlana Savenko). The result was a musicological work titled "DSCH. Sketch of a Monograph about the Monogram". An article based on this study was published in Berlin in 2013.
In 2006 Timur Ismagilov founded the Sviatoslav Richter's memorial website.He has been organizing contemporary music concerts since 2010, and became one of the composers interviewed by Dmitry Bavilskiy for the book “To be called for: Conversations with contemporary composers” (published in 2014). Besides composing his own music, Ismagilov has made about 600 transcriptions and arrangements for different sets of instruments.
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