L. Lubovsky's Biography

Leonid Zinovevich Lubovsky, born on February 24, 1937, in the city of Kamenka, Ukraine, is a composer, teacher, and an honoured figure of the arts in the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation (1983, 1996). Upon completion of his degree in composition under the tutelage of A. Leman in 1967, at the Kazan Conservatory, he taught as composition chair. Lubovsky successfully and fruitfully works with many genres of compositional creativity. He is especially involved in scale compositions (symphonies, oratorios, instrumentals, vocal and choral cycles, and theatrical music). As a composer, he sharply and tensely feels the present, its living dynamic pulse, and the immediate tide of life. These lines of creativity were illuminated especially brightly in unexpected ways with the composite and ideological-art of the symphony-oratorio of I. Franko's verses, the 3rd, 4th and 5th symphonies, whose tragic pathos is filled by philosophical meditations about the past, the present and the future. Among the works of Lubovsky, allocated with particular civil importance is Lacrimosa, written in the memory of A. Saharov (for a large symphonic orchestra and wind instrument). A special place in the creativity of the composer is occupied by vocal-symphonic works, for example, From Moabitski Journals, using M. Jalil's verses, the cantata, Invest Mute Pain with Words... and the poem, By the Right of Memory, by A. Tvardovski, whose basic theme is the judgment of tragic events of the past. Lubovsky created vocal cycles for the voice and piano using verses of Russian and foreign poets (New Century, Military Winds, Country Crane, From Korean Classical Poetry, and Pleasure), concerning various subjects and a world of images.
A major creative achievement of Lubovsky is the ballet, The Legend of Joseph. It came on the scene in 2001 at the Tatar Opera and Ballet Theatre (R. Haris' libretto, G. Kovtun's choreography). The plot takes place in a world of unique spiritual heritage, using modern musical technology, and not only classic, but also exotic instruments, by which the author managed to highlight universal ethical problems through displaying the tensions between high and low grades of human nature.
The ballet was highly appreciated by music critics and the public. It was awarded the State Award of the Russian Federation (2005). Works of the composer have been used in concerts and pedagogical repertoires, and are often played by famous musicians in Kazan, Moscow, and other cities of Russia, and countries near and far abroad (Lithuania, Estonia, Moldova, Poland, Bulgaria, Germany, the USA, Japan, etc.) . Among the author's concert programs is Lubovsky: The Concert of Concerts (1995), Seven Instrumental Sonatas (1998), Concert in the Memory of A. Saharov (1989), Evening of Polyphonic Music (2000), Symphony Concert (2002), etc, with the assistance of M. Tarasova, R. Abyazov, L. Leonteva, F. Hasanova, I. Kotsinish, I. Girfanov, R. Skuratov, etc. Lubovsky is known also as the conductor of his own compositions, the author of books and articles, and a pianist, and the trustee of the Union of Composers of the RТ, the organising committee of the international festival, “Europe-Asia.” Lubovsky’s compositions were repeatedly published in Kazan and Moscow (scores of his 3rd and 4th symphonies, the ballet The Legend of Joseph, vocal cycles, etc).

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