Biography of

Ivan Tcherepnin

5 feb 1943 (Paris) - 11 apr 1998 (Boston)
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Ivan Tcherepnin (Cyrillic: Иван Александрович Черепнин)(February 5, 1943 in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France – April 11, 1998 in Boston, USA) was an experimental, then later modernist/postmodernist, composer. He was born into a highly musical family, his father and grandfather, Alexander and Nikolai, being distinguished Russian composers, and his mother Ming a well-known pianist. His elder brother, Serge is also a composer. He studied with Leon Kirchner, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Henri Pousseur, and Pierre Boulez. After teaching briefly at both the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Stanford University, he became director of the Harvard University Electronic Music Studio[1] from 1972, remaining there until his death in 1998. The Tcherepnin legacy continues with two of Ivan's sons, Stefan and Sergei.

Tcherepnin's notable students include Curt Cacioppo.

Selected compositions

  • Fêtes (Variations on Happy Birthday) (1975)
  • Le va et le vient (1978)
  • Santur Opera (1977)
  • Flores Musicales" (1980)
  • Double Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra (1995) - winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.


  1. ^ Harvard University Electronic Music Studio website

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