People’s Artist of Russia, Professor

Lev Kontorovich (b. 1947, Moscow)

After graduating with honors in 1969 from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he studied choral conducting with K.Ptitsa, symphony orchestra conductingat with L.Ginzburg and instrumental with A.G.Shnitke. L.Kontorovich first steps at his artistic career had shown him as a bright, talented musician with a wide musical outlook conductor and teacher.

For 30 years, has continued the active work of Lev Kontorovich in the Moscow Choral School named after A.Sveshnikov and then created on the basis of the school of the Academy of Choral Art named after V. Popov. Since 1996 — professor, and since 2012 — Head of the Department of Contemporary Choir of the Moscow Conservatory of the Performing Arts. His students are working successfully in choirs, musical theaters and educational institutions of Russia and abroad.

L.Kontorovich has produced many concert programs, which include choral works large and small forms of different eras and styles, spiritual music.

L.Kontorovich participated in international festivals of music by J.S. Bach in Germany, the International Festival of boys’ choirs in Grasse (France), Poznan (Poland), the European Festival of Orthodox Music, dedicated to the 1000th anniversary of the Christening of Russia (Moscow, Germany, France, Luxembourg), European Symposium on Choral Music in Ljubljana (Slovenia).

In 1997 he founded the Chamber choir «Spiritual revival» of the Moscow State Institute of Music named after Alfred Schnittke.

In 2005 Lev Kontorovich was invited by artistic director of the Grand Choir «Masters of Choral Singing» ofThe Russian State TV and Radio Music Centre. The name itself — «Masters of Choral Singing» — determined the professionalism, high level of performance, exceptional speed and versatility of the team, where each artist can act as a member of the choir and as a soloist.

The Grand Choir «Masters of Choral Singing» governed by Lev Kontorovich participated in the festival «Autumn International choral festival named after Prof. B.Tevlin» (2012-2014), Festival «To the 80th anniversary of Rodion Shchedrin’s» (2012), » Dedicated to a Victory day «(2013); projects «And are together again!» festive musical evening dedicated to the reunification of the Crimea and Russia, with the support of the Russian President Vladimir Putin (2014); «Conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and stories» (2014-2015); as a conductor L.Kontorovich initiated UPC on stage performance of «Requiem» by Verdi, Bach’s Mass in B Minor (in conjunction with NPR n / a Vladimir Spivakov), «Petite Messe Solennelle» by Rossini (2014), Russian liturgy R. Shchedrin «The Sealed Angel «(2015), Anniversary festival» 85 years of The Grand Choir «Masters of choral singing» and others.

The staff of a permanent member of the Moscow Christmas Festival of Sacred Music (Artistic director — Vladimir Spivakov and Metropolitan Hilarion) and the Moscow Easter Festival Valery Gergiev.

In 2008 and 2012 Grand Choir participated in the inauguration of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, and in 2014 — in a gala concert of the Summit of Heads of Caspian States (Astrakhan).

In 2013 Lev Kontorovich — artistic director of the All-Russian workshop «National Youth Choir» of students of higher and secondary educational institutions of Russia.

In 2013, the organizer of a creative meeting — a master class with the founder of the International Bach Academy Helmuth Rilling (Stuttgart, Germany).

In 2014, Vice-Chairman of the Jury «I International competition of choral conductors named Boris Tevlina» (Chairman — People’s Artist of the USSR RK Shchedrin).

In 2014 «For exemplary service to the Fatherland and for the benefit of the Russian State» Professor LZ Kontorovich Gratitude Head of the Russian Imperial House, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna.

In 2015, the chairman of the jury of All-Russian choral festival organized by the All-Russian choral society.

Principal Chorus Master Consolidated choir celebrating the Day of Slavic Literature and Culture in Red Square (in 2014) and a concert dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Russian Army Theatre (9 May 2015).

March 21, 2015 in the Cathedral «Joy of all who sorrow, dedicated to the anniversary of Sergei Rachmaninov, which was held by Metropolitan Hilarion. She was running Lev Kontorovich fulfilled «All-night vigil» the great composer.

Since 2015 Chairman of the jury of the All-Russia Music Competition in the specialty «Choral Conducting».

Regularly conducts master classes: in the cities of Russia (Astrakhan, Belgorod, Perm, Volgograd and others.); in Bulgaria, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica.

Unconditional find The Grand choir is a virtuoso performance of works of world classics in the original transcriptions for chorus Lev Kontorovich a `cappella.

Lev Kontorovich in different years successfully worked such distinguished conductors as Mstislav Rostropovich, E.Svetlanov, Vladimir Spivakov, H.Rilling, A.Dzedda, V.Fedossev, V.Yurovsky, S.Odzava, K.Nagano, M. Pletnev, V.Polyansky and many others.

Accompanied by a choir, led by Lev Kontorovich, performed their concerts famous singers: Ivan Kozlovsky, Nicolai Gedda, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Roberto Alagna, Demis Roussos, Basil Ladyuk, Love Kazarnovsky, Vladimir Matorin, Vladislav Piavko.