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The music of Yusupov is not limited by genre classifications or cultural and ethnic idioms, but rather embraces and employs all styles and influences to create his own unique musical language both as a composer and a conductor. In his compositions, he makes use of both Western and Eastern musical traditions, including the use of musical sources from various ethnic communities. The breadth of his interest has not yet found any boundaries, as he combines specific cultural identities of various ethnic groups with the tools of modern Western music - one of his latest works is heavily influences by the Tango, while calling upon the soloist at one point to perform on the electric violin. With a strong devotion to timbre and color as important structural elements, Yusupov's writing includes both the use of exotic instruments and the creation of illusory ethnic sounds by employing instruments of the symphony orchestra. Beyond a composer and a conductor, Yusupov is a philosopher, whose compositional language gives rise to his own, unique musical world.

 

Benjamin Yusupov was born in Tajikistan in 1962 and studied piano, composition, music theory, and conducting at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow. His compositions were being performed at various Festivals in the Soviet Union, and in 1989 he was awarded the Soviet Union Composers Association Prize. Shortly after, Yusupov moved to Israel where his orchestral piece "Gabriel" was performed at the opening of "Gabriel House" at the Jordan Valley in April 1993 by the Jerusalem Music Academy Orchestra. The work was received with such tremendous enthusiasm that within a year the same piece was being performed by the celebrated Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Yusupov is regarded as a prized contributor to the world's classical music stage. Making his home in Israel, he is considered a vital part of the country's musical life, collaborating both as a composer and a conductor with all the major Israeli orchestras - Israel Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, The Israeli Symphony Orchestra Rishon-Lezion, Haifa Symphony, Israel Chamber Orchestra, and the Tel-Aviv Soloists – and has been presented twice with the esteemed Israeli Prime Minister Prize (1999, 2008) and the prestigious Clone Prize of the Israeli Composers' League. His Violin Concerto, which was premiered by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra at the Israel Music Days 2001 Festival under the composer's baton, was awarded the ACUM Prize for best Israeli