Vladimir Rannev was born in Moscow in 1970. He graduated in 2003 from the composition department of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where he studied with Professor Boris Tishchenko. From 2003 to 2005 he studied electronic music at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with Professor Hans Ulrich Humpert. Rannev is a recipient of the Gartow Stiftung scholarship (Germany, 2002), the winner of the Salvatore Martirano Award of the University of Illinois (U.S., 2009), and the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award (Switzerland, 2010). His Opera Two Acts, to a libretto by Dmitry A. Prigov, premiered at the Hermitage Museum in November 2012, and was awarded the Sergei Kuryokhin Grand-Prix (2013). It was nominated for a Golden Mask award in 2014. Rannev's music has been performed in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the U.K., Finland, Japan and the U.S. by various ensembles, including the Orchestra of the St. Petersburg Conservatory Opera and Ballet Theater, the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the ensemble of the Pro Arte Institute, One Orchestra, the Studio for New Music, the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, ensemble Pincode (Russia), Nostri Temporis, ensemble Contrasts (Ukraine), Orkest de Volharding, the Amstel Quartet (The Netherlands), Mosaik, Les Eclats du Son, Integrales, LUX:NM, ensemble Clair-obscur, the Singakademie Oberhausen and Cantus Domus choirs (Germany), Ums ’n Jip, KontraTrio, Ensemble Phoenix Basel and Ensemble Proton Bern (Switzerland). Rannev is a member of the StRes (Structure Resistance) group of composers (Russia), and a lecturer at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg Conservatory, and St. Petersburg State University.