Eskender Bekmambetov (b. 1966)
For Misha’s Gang
A suite for small, regular, large and extra-large fiddles (2016)

Introduction and Dance in Style of Art Nouveau
Canon for Three
L’elephant a la pointe
Saturday Morning in Thornhill or Shabat Shalom
The 20th of February, 2014

BIOGRAPHY – Eskender Bekmambetov, composer

Eskender Bekmambetov was born in Uzbekistan in 1966. He began taking music lessons from the age of seven. His teachers were Yury Vecherovsky and Yury Vitenson. In 1987 he moved to Moscow where he continued his education in Gnesin’s Academy with Halida Ahtyamova (the student of David Oistrakh).

In addition to that, “geography” had a tremendous influence on his development as a musician. Since his childhood, Eskender was surrounded by a vast variety of different cultures. The tunes and rhythms that he grew up with have always been driving his work.

After graduation, Eskender worked as a violinist in several of Moscow’s best orchestras, among them Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, for which he composed a number of works eliciting praise from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Mikhail Baryshnikov, John Corigliano, etc.

“For Misha’s Gang” was written for Misha Rachlevsky and Chamber Orchestra Kremlin and premiered by them in New York in March 2016, with composer in the audience.

In this composition each member of the orchestra is featured as a soloist.