Short biography

© Sergej Khismatov
© Sergej Khismatov

Sergey Khismatov


June, July, August 2021

Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur des Landes Brandenburg

Sergey Khismatov was born in 1983 in St. Petersburg, Russia, and studied at the European University of St. Petersburg. 2010–2012 Khismatov attended composition seminars by Prof. Moritz Eggert in Munich. He participated in master classes in composition with Enno Poppe, Boris Filanovsky, Pascal Dusapin, Sandeep Bhagwati and Helmut Lachenmann.

As a composer, Khismatov is interested in the soundscape of our time, industrial soundscapes, spatial music, theater music, etc. Works like Cymbals Quartet, Microphones Quartet or Voice Quartet are inspired by an industrial environment and are staged as spatial music. In 2017 Khismatov realized his work A-Musik in the Bergbau-Technik-Park in Leipzig.

He received the Boston Metro Opera Advocacy Award 2014 for his chamber opera cycle to the left and he is the winner of the 2013 Hof Soundart-Composition Competition with the work Voice Quartet. His mini-opera after basho won first prize in the 2012 OSSIA competition in New York. He was also awarded a prize by the Ministry of Culture of St. Petersburg in 2012 and was a laureate of the Franz Josef Reinl Foundation.

In 2018 he received a fellowship from the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony for his project In Pursuit of Sound as well as a fellowship from the Foundation Künstlerdorf Schöppingen. In 2015 he received a fellowship for the European Dukley Art Residence in Budva; 2013–2014 he was an artist-in-residence at the International House of Artists Villa Concordia in Bamberg.

In the framework of the project Signals Sergey Khismatov will work on another composition for megaphone choir. The megaphone, as an amplifier of sound signals, unconsciously conveys the association of an industrial process in which communication takes place via radio or with the help of large horns or megaphones. Furthermore, the megaphone functions as a filter—the voice that sounds through the prism of the megaphone is given a metallic hue. During the performance of the composition, the singers of the megaphone choir and the audience move together through the park.