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Eugene Astapov

Eugene Astapov

The RBC Associate Composer/Conductor to Esprit Orchestra, Dr. Eugene Astapov is a Ukrainian-born Canadian musician whose music combines the “richness of harmony” (New York Times) with a “haunting and soothing” narrative atmosphere (Calgary Herald). A graduate of The Juilliard School who studied with Christopher Rouse and Robert Beaser, Astapov has shared his music with audiences of different nationalities and backgrounds around the globe. The stages of New York’s Lincoln Center, the Salle Cortot in Paris, the National Arts Center in Ottawa, Sejong Hall in Seoul, the Banff Center (where he was 2014 Composer in Residence), the Grafenegg Festival in Austria, the Ravinia Music Festival, the Intimacy of Creativity Festival in Hong Kong and the Curtis Institute where he was the featured composer - are a few venues among many others at which his work has been performed. In 2022 Dr. Astapov's music is scheduled to be heard around the world, including a world premiere with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Sofia, as well a brand new commissioned work for the percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. As a prolific creator of music for large orchestral forces, Astapov’s music has been performed by major orchestras and ensembles across Canada and internationally including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Moravian Philharmonic, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Philharmonia and L’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, which enabled him to introduce his music to conductors including Peter Oundjian, Bramwell Tovey, Alex Pauk, Tania Miller, Paul Haas, Jeff Milarsky and Jean-Philippe Tremblay, to name a few. Currently Mr. Astapov is serving a term as the RBC Associate Composer/Conductor to Toronto's Esprit Orchestra - the only full time orchestra in Canada solely dedicated to the performance of music by contemporary composers. In addition to his orchestral works, Astapov is an active composer of solo and chamber music, and is currently working on Contemplations, a project that creates sets of pieces for various solo instruments. His solo music has been recorded at the TelDec studios in Hamburg, Germany and released on that label. Eugene Astapov holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Toronto and his artistic activity is supported in part by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation and the University of Toronto. Eugene is also an accomplished pianist and piano instructor having taught over 500 private piano students over the years.

Instrument / Discipline

  • Piano
  • Rudiments
  • Harmony
  • History
  • Counterpoint
  • Analysis
  • Composition
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Theory

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French
  • Russian

Specialized in

  • Youth (7-17)
  • Adults (18+)
  • Young Children (under 7)
  • Beginner/Elementary
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Teaches At

  • At a school
  • At own home
  • At own studio
  • At student home
  • Online


  • 2018 - Doctor of Musical Arts - University of Toronto
  • 2013 - Master of Music - The Juilliard School
  • 2011 - Bachelor of Music - Eastman School
  • 2005 - ARCT - Royal Conservatory of Music

School Associations

  • Canadian Music Centre - National
  • Music Teachers National Association - National
  • National Professional Music Teachers Association (NPMTA) - National
  • Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association - Provincial / State
RCM Credentials