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Anton Batagov

Anton Batagov, born in 1965, is a Russian composer and pianist. In his concerts he has introduced Russian audiences to the music of John Cage, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich and Philip Glass. He released his debut album in 1990, a recording of Olivier Messiaen’s "Vingt regards sur l'Enfant Jesus", which has been followed by some 30 further recordings including 2The Art of the Fugue" (1993). In 1997 Anton Batagov decided to stop giving live concerts, a decision to which he remained faithful for twelve years. During this time he focussed primarily on his own compositions.

Anton Batagov has discovered his own voice as a composer writing post-minimalist works on the basis of the rhythmic patterns of Russian church bells and Russian folk music, which he has blended with influences from the early Soviet avant-garde and Buddhist philosophy. He has also composed the scores for numerous films and worked for Russian television on many occasions.

In 2009 Anton Batagov won the Steppenwolf Award in the Best Music category. The same year he gave his first live concert for twelve years. He has since made regular concert appearances with a number of solo programmes.

His CD "I Fear No More", recorded by the Russian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, was nominated for the International Classical Music Award 2015.