Mikhail Bronner

Biography

Mikhail Bronner (born 1952) is a well-known contemporary Russian composer. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire (Music Academy) and completed his postgraduate studies in 1981. Author of more than 400 compositions of various genres (twelve operas, two ballets, symphonic, choral, vocal and chamber music) performed at concerts and festivals in Russia (from Moscow to Vladivostok) and abroad (Germany, USA, Austria, Canada, China, Monaco, Greece, Spain, England, Scotland, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Egypt, Finland, India, Croatia, Bulgaria , Hungary, Lithuania, Slovenia, Belarus, Armenia, Ukraine, Moldova and Kazakhstan).

Among them — Operas «The Golden Island» (1993) and «Edible Fairy Tales» (2013), «The Ugly Duckling» (2016) (all are set in the Natalya Sats Childrens Musical Theater); «The Cold Heart»; Ballets «Optimistic Tragedy» (1985) and «The Taming of the Shrew» (1996) — both set in the Moscow Musical Theatre Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko; 64 instrumental concertos (among them «Three sad messages» for violin and chamber orchestra (2016); «Kein Heldenleben» concert for chamber orchestra (2016), «In The Middle of Nowhere» concert for violin, viola and chamber orchestra (2015); «TSAVT TANEM» (I‘ll take your pains upon me...) concert for cello and chamber orchestra (2011), «Belarusian concert» for cymbals and chamber orchestra (2012), «The Illusion of Life» concert for violin, percussion and chamber orchestra (2011), «The Enchanted Forest» сoncert for the young musician and chamber orchestra (2011), «7 Yiddish Songs» for violin, tuba and chamber orchestra (2009), «Towards Meaning» concert for violin, tuba and chamber orchestra (2009), «Isle of Happiness» сoncert for balalaika, alto domra and Russian Folk orchestra (2006), «Time to Forgive» сoncert for balalaika and chamber orchestra (2004), «In Search of Holy Grail» for violin, young musician and chamber orchestra (2004); works for symphony orchestra: among them «MISSA VOTIVA» for violin, piano and symphony orchestra (2018), «The Rondo of the War» concert for balayka, mandolin and symphony orchestra (2018), «Ship of Fools» concert for symphony orchestra (2017), «Deus Ex Machina» concert for symphony orchestra (2016); «Zugzwang» concert for symphony orchestra with soloing piano, violin and clarinet (2015); «Testimony» (Кatuv) for bayan, piano and symphony orchestra (2004), «Soter Ponim» (He Who Has Forgotten Us) (1997); «Big Freilekhs for a Big Orchestra» (2010).
M. Bronner has set a large number of sacral texts («Dona nobis pacem», «Stabat mater», «Ave Maria», «Book of Psalms», etc.) and has written many compositions inspired by images, themes and characters of The Book (Old Testament) — «Juda's Passions» for bayan and chamber orchestra (1998), «In the beginning» Joyous music for chorus, two pianos, kettledrums and string orchestra (2008),«Tower of Babel» for Russian folk orchestra (2011), «Expulsion from Eden» for viola, bass clarinet, vibraphone and bayan (2008), «Abraham and Isaac» for bayan and saxophone soprano (1998), «Adam and Eve» for bayan and violin (1999), «Saxophone‘s gospel» for saxophone and chamber orchestra (1997), «From the Book of Prophet Isaiah» (1998), «Cain Time» for bassoon and chamber orchestra (2001). His «Jewish Requiem» for four soloists, mixed and children‘s choirs and orchestra (1992) was performed with great success in six cities in Germany, including Berlin.

Works by Michael Bronner were recorded on 42 CDs.

Mikhail Bronner - Shostakovich Prize Winner, Winner of the International «Theater-goer Star Award» 2017. Winner of «Silver Disk» for achievements in the arts bayan of the Russian Academy of Music, Вoard member of the Moscow Union of Composers, the chairman of the selection committee of the Union of Composers in Moscow, a member of the organizing committee of the annual International Festival «Moscow Autumn».

M.Bronner is named «Composer of the Year» (2002) and «Person of the Year» (2013) (according to the newspaper «Muzykalnoe Obozrenie» (The Music Review).