Ukrainian pianist and composer Valentin Silvestrov was born in Kyiv on 30 September 1937. He studied at the Kyiv Evening Music School and at the Kyiv Conservatory, and is known for his post-modernist music, which includes symphonies, poems for piano and orchestra, chamber, instrumental and vocal music.
Ensemble. Present-day Concerns - Mike Wheeler listens to music by Valentin Silvestrov and Karl Jenkins
CD Spotlight. Outcast Composers - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to the Matangi Quartet. '... an excellent way to get acquainted with an important yet difficult period of Russian music.'
CD Spotlight. War and Peace - Music by Karabits and Silvestrov, heard by Howard Smith. 'Another enterprising feather in Naxos' richly plumaged cap.'