Honoured Artist of Russia Prize-winner at the XI International Chamber Music Competition in Trapani (1st prize, 1991) Prize-winner at the I International Dmitry Shostakovich Competition Classica Nova (together with cellist Boris Andrianov, 2nd prize, 1997) Alexei Goribol was born in 1961 in Moscow. In 1995 he became one of the initiators as well as Artistic Director of the Moscow Union of Musicians. He has established original art projects that combine classical music with theatre, film and dance. In recent years these have included concert programmes that proved unique music performances, among them Chosen by the Youth, My Happiness..., Jewish World, Sketches to the Sunset, Hammer and Sickle, Days of Britten in Russia, The Avant-Garde of Mikael Tariverdiev and The Gift. Together with the PRO ARTE institute in St Petersburg he presented a large series of concert programmes entitled Consonances of the 20th Century, which was hailed as one of the core events of the 2002–2003 philharmonic season. He performs concerts throughout Russia and Europe, records for radio and on CD, presents music programmes on Russia’s Channel 5 (including thirty episodes of the programme Night. Sound. Goribol) and takes part in Russian and international music festivals. He is well known as a proponent of the music of Leonid Desyatnikov and has been the first performer of many of the composer’s works. He has been Music Director of several acclaimed Russian films in recent years, among them His Wife’s Diary (directed by Alexei Uchitel), Moscow (directed by Alexander Zeldovich, winner of the Grand Prix at the IV International Film and Media Music Biennale in Bonn) and No Death for Me (directed by Renata Litvinova). From 2004 to 2007 he directed the Arts Festival in Kostomuksha (Karelia). Since 2008 he has been an organiser and manager of the Levitan Festival in Plyos. Artistic Director of the Russo-Finnish music and poetry festival Towards Vyborg.