Dmitri Kourliandski was born in 1976 in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory and completed a post-graduate course conducted by Leonid Bobylev. His compositions won numerous prizes in international competitions, including the Gaudeamus Prize in the Netherlands (2003), the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award in Switzerland (2010), and the Johann Joseph Fux opera composition competition in Austria (2011). He was artist-in-residence at the Berliner Künstlerprogramm (2008), and composer-in-residence for the 2E2M ensemble in Paris (2010).
His opera Asteroid 62 was staged in Graz, Austria, directed by Barbara Beyer (October 2013), and in Moscow, directed by Kapitolina Tsvetkova-Plotnikova (December 2013). His opera Drillalians. Overture. The Beginning was staged in 2012 and 2015, as directed by Boris Yukhananov. His opera Nosferatu was staged in Perm and Moscow in 2014 and 2015 (directed by Theodoros Terzopoulos). Dmitri Kourliandski is a visiting professor in the Composing Courses in Royaumont, France. He has taught at the Young Composers meetings in Apeldoorn (Netherlands), COURSE (Ukraine), Tzlil Meudcan (Israel), the Amsterdam and San Sebastian conservatories, and he is the artistic director of the International Young Composers Academy in the city of Tchaikovsky (Russia). Kourliandski’s compositions have been performed at many international festivals, including: Donaueschingen, Ruhrtriennale, MaerzMusik, the Venice Biennale, Musica Strasbourg, Huddersfield, Wien Modern, the Athens Festival, Archipel, Transart, Klangspuren, Elektra Montreal, ISCM WMD, Warsaw Autumn, Territory in Moscow, and others. CDs of his music have been released on the FANCYMUSIC and Col Legno labels. He has collaborated with such conductors as Teodor Currentzis, Fyodor Lednev, Philipp Chizhevskiy, Susanna Mälkki, Reinbert de Leeuw, Roland Kluttig, Beat Furrer, Jurjen Hempel and others. He has worked with numerous orchestras, including SWR Orchestra, MusicAeterna, Stockholm New Chamber Orchestra, J. Futura, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the following ensembles: 2e2m, InterContemporain, KlangForum Wien, Contrechamps, Phoenix, Collegium Novum Zurich, ASKO and Schoenberg, L’Itineraire, KNM, Aleph, Slagwerkgroep den Haag, Champ d’action, Quatour Diotima, Kairos quartet, Sonar quartet, МАСМ, eNsemble, the Studio for New Music, N’Caged, Questa Musica, Natalya Pshenichnikova, Tatyana Grindenko and Opus Posth. His works are published by Donemus, Editions Jobert and Le Chant du Monde.
He was the founder and editor-in-chief of the Contemporary Music Tribune magazine (2005-2009). He is a co-founder of CoMa, the Counterstanding Material group of composers. He is a member of the Composers Union of Russia, and has been the music director of the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre since 2013.