Vladimir Titov

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About

«The world of music is beautiful and inexhaustible ... The journey there is endless and magical!» — my artistic credo.

Vladimir Titov — a composer, pianist, enthusiastic musician, equally partaking of academic and jazz, folk and pop music, successfully performing his own compositions, as well as classical music and jazz improvisations.Vladimir Titov began his «journey» into the fancy music labyrinths in Novokuibyshevsk town of Samara region (Russia), where he was destined to be born on January, 3, 1984. At the age of 6 he was admitted to music school into a piano class. The young musician’s rapidly developing talent both for performing and composing drew attention of all teachers, and since 1995 Titov became a constant participant and winner of youth composition and piano competitions.Pianist Vladimir Titov Music making and performing, bright, sometimes contradictory images and moods of the creative process, inexhaustible opportunities of the musical art as a «medium» into the world of human feelings — all this enchanted the young musician so deeply that his further life seemed predestined for the glorious engagement with Her Majesty the MUSIC. In 2003 Vladimir Titov graduated from Samara Music College with major in piano performance (class of Honored Cultural Worker of Russia G.M. Ryazanova). The period of study in the Music College was very intense due to Vladimir’s active participation in regional and national music competitions as a composer, arranger and pianist, gradually and tangentially becoming the laureate.In 2004 Vladimir Titov continued his professional education in Samara State Academy of Culture and Arts in class of piano faculty Professor, Dr. D.Dyatlov, and after in Nizhny-Novgorod M.Glinka State Conservatory with the head of the piano department, Honored Artist and Professor E.Alexeyeva.Since 2003 many of Vladimir Titov’s compositions and piano, vocal and chamber music arrangements have been performed at competitions and festivals of various levels (regional, national and international) by young musicians, as well as by experienced performers. All compositions and arrangements that had been performed at competitions, were awarded special «The Best Composition» and «The Best Arrangement» Diplomas, while many musicians having performed pieces and arrangements by V.Titov received the laureate prizes.As early as in his youth years, Vladimir deeply comprehended that music is a special language addressing towards the finest human feelings and the best sides of the soul. In mature years the composer would affirm his respect for music with the following statement:«Music that is created by composers, regardless of its style, should resonate with a human soul, it should fill one with joy, happiness, it ought to satisfy all various emotional demands. Then people would gain deep, genuine interest and love for music». Further artistic path of the musician is connected with Moscow, where, since 2010, Vladimir Titov successfully performs as a composer and pianist, works as a teacher and accompanist at Moscow music schools and at the Gnesins Music College. The Moscow period in the musician’s life proved to be bright and productive: academic and jazz music concert performances, winning several competitions and festivals as a composer and pianist, among which are the IV regional Youth Jazz Festival «Playing Jazz with Garanyan» (2011), Moscow State Festival «The Best City on the Earth» (2014), Moscow Open Festival-Competition «Tutti-Jazz» (2015), International Competition «The World of Creativity» (2015) etc.At present many of Vladimir Titov’s piano pieces are included into a study and performing repertoire in music studying institutions (music schools, colleges, conservatoires) in Samara and Samara region, Nizhny Novgorod, Moscow and Moscow region.

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Interview

What does music mean to you personally?

«The world of music is beautiful and inexhaustible ... The journey there is endless and magical!» — my artistic credo.

If you were not a professional musician, would would you have been?

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The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about your future?

Each music has its own listener.

What do you envision the role of classical music to be in the 21 century?

Classical music should become more in demand.

When I say that classical music is searching for new ways, what would come to your mind?

I feel deep respect to contemporary composer’s creative search and experiments in terms of musical language innovation, but often, in chase of stylistic devices novelty, in pursuit of creative concept audacity, seeking for special originality, one overlooks the main mission of music as remarkably deep language of the soul.

Whats the role of creativity in the musical process for you?

First of all, the musician must be sincere. Only so the musician will find his individuality. Music can not be born without a creative act. Creativity is a must!

Do you think we musicians can do something to attract young generation into the classical music concerts?

I hope the internet will help us. The Internet has tremendous power.

Tell us about your creative process.

My creative process… How do I compose? First, there appears an idea or feeling, mood or image. I’m listening into these vibrations. Then I’m drawing out these sensations into material world. At first, the image is blurred. Gradually it becomes clearer and sharper. The composition process is permanent and often comes simultaneously with other things. Sometimes the composition reveals itself differently from what it was originally intended to be, as if it lives its own life. When the music is already born and put down on the score, I keep on listening into it so that to comprehend its deepest essence. Only after the piece is finished, there comes the title of the work. It is like giving name to a newly born child. It is not easy to find the right words which would reflect the musical image. All my pieces have a descriptive title: this way I emphasize the individuality of each composition’s «face». I love all my works. They are like children to me - all different and all beloved!

We, Moving Classics TV, love the combination of classical music with different disciplines: music and painting, music and cinematography, music and digital art, music and poetry. What do you think about these combinations?

Any combination has the right to exist, if it is talented.

Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?

Go to concerts of classical music, read books about classical musicians, communicate with classical musicians on the internet. When you learn the language of classical music you will become a little happier. You will discover a huge magical world, classical music is another beautiful planet!

Now it is a common practice in the media to talk that the classical music is getting into the consumption business, do you agree? We are speaking about the supply and demand rules and how to sell your “product” in your case your compositions. How do you see it?

Any work must be paid for. A musician makes money with his own labor. It was always.

Do you have expectations what regards your listeners, your audience?

I have friends on the Internet and in real life who love my music. I'm happy! Making people happy is happiness!

What projects are coming up?

I follow the impulses of my soul and I do not know what my soul will want tomorrow... I'm intrigued!