KHOLOPOV, Yuri Nikolaevich
Musicologist, Professor of the Tchaikovsky State Conservatoire Moscow, Doctor of Arts, a Winner of the State Prize of Russia, Honored Worker of Arts of the Russian Federation, a Member of the Composerís Union of Russia, a Member of Academia Europaea, London.
Born on August 14, 1932 in Ryazan, Russia. Graduated from Ryazan Regional College (Uchilishe) of Music.
In 1949-1954 studied at the Department of Theory and Composition of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. The Diploma Work was done under the supervision of Professor Igor Vladimirovich Sposobin.
Graduated from the Aspirantura (Masters) of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in 1960 (class — Sergey Sergeyevich Bogatyrev).
The Ph. D. Degree thesis presentation in 1975, published earlier as a monograph Contemporary Aspects of Harmony in Music of Prokofiev (Musika Publishers: Moscow, 1967).
The Doctorate Degree thesis presentation in 1977, published earlier as a monograph Essays in Contemporary Harmony (Musika Publishers: Moscow, 1974).
Since 1963 he was a member of the Composers' Union of Russia, elected to a number of committees of the Union, also was a member of the Board of the Composerís Union of Moscow.
Passed away on April 24, 2003 in Moscow. Buried at Troekurovo Cemetery (Moscow).
Presentations and Lectures
Appeared with lectures and presentations at a number of conferences in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Minsk, Tashkent, Kazan, Rostov-on-the-Don and many other cities.
Appeared with lectures and presentations abroad in Berlin, Leipzig, Cologne, Stuttgart, Dresden, Reinsberg, Passau, Warsaw, Vienna, Mödling, Prague, Brno, Bratislava, Basel, Sophia, Riga, Vilnjus, Tallinn, Bucharest, Helsinki, London, Glasgo, Bristol, Beijin, New Orlean, Phoenix (Arizona) and Santa Barbara.
Professional Teaching Experience
Since 1960 taught at the Department of Theory of Music of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, since 1972 as an assistant professor, since 1983 as a Professor. Worked for a number of years as a Professor of Harmony and Theory at Moscow Merzlyakovsky College, branch of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and at the Central Special Music School (until 1991).
Kholopov taught all the disciplines of music theory: harmony, form, counterpoint, instrumentation, history of theoretical concepts of music, and theory of contemporary composition.
Honors and Awards
- 1981 The International Medal of Bela Bartok
- 1990 The Winner of the State Prize of Russian Federation
- 1995 Honored Worker of Arts*
- 1998 Medal "850 Anniversary of Moscow"
- 1998 Man of the Year by the American Biographical Institute
Areas of research interests
Theory and history of harmony and musical form, contemporary music, history of musical science.
More than 700 works were published, more than 300 remain unpublished.
Scholar works were published in Russia and abroad, books and essays in Bulgaria, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Vietnam, China; articles were published in Germany, Bulgaria, Great Britain, United States, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Romania, China and Spain.
The school of Kholopov comprises more than 80 students. They belong to several generations of renowned music scholars in a variety of fields, such as music theory, pedagogy, historical musicology (including translations of Greek and Latin treatises on music), musical criticism, ethnomusicology and philosophy. Most prominent students of professor Kholopov
Doctors of Arts
- Julia Yevdokimova, Professor of Gessins Musical Academy (Former Gnessins Musical Pedagogical Institute);
- Tatyana Tcherednichenko, Professor of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire;
- Galina Alexeyeva, Professor of the Far Eastern Pedagogic Institute of Arts;
- Tatyana Kyuregian, Professor of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire;
- Mikhail Saponov, Professor of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Chair of the Department of Music History;
- Natalia Yefimova, Professor of the Moscow State Lomonosov University;
- Marina Karasyeva, Professor of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire;
- Larissa Kirillina, Professor of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire;
- Valeria Tsenova, Professor of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire.
Candidates of Arts
Tatyana Mdivani, Margarita Katunian, Rimma Pospelova, Vladimir Fedotov, Vladimir Barsky, Yelena Kuteva, Alla Alexeyeva, Dmitry Schulgin, Sergey Lebedev, Tatyana Starostina, Galina Fyodorova, Andrey Pilgun, Evelina Struchalina, Grazhina Daunoravichene, Albena Naidenova, Irina Kharkhuta, Marina Nasonova, Roman Nasonov, Marina Cheburkina, Oxana Drozdova, and Yelena Dvoskina.
To Yuri Kholopovís 60th and 70th birth anniversaries Kompozitor Publishers Moscow have published books (Festschriften) Laudamus (1992) and Magistro Georgio Septuaginta (2002), both edited by Valeria Tsenova.
Transl. by Ildar Khannanov, Konstantin Korndorff and Sergey Lebedev
- Doctor of Arts is a terminal degree given to the leading professors after years of teaching and significant contributions in the field. It is not an equivalent of the Ph. D.
- Honored Worker of Arts of the Russian Federation is a title, bestowed by the government on leading figures in arts, honoring the seminal contributions in the field.
- Candidate of Arts is a degree given upon completion of the Post-Graduate program (Aspirantura) and after the first doctoral promotion. It is roughly an equivalent of the Ph. D.
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