In the orchestra since 2019
Danila Lukyanov was born on November 6, 1991 in Moscow.
At the age of 6, he began learning to play the recorder under A.V. Kostenko at Children’s art school №14. In 1999–2004, he studied clarinet at the Gnessin Moscow Special Music School (N.V. Volkov’s class). In 2004, Danila was accepted to Children’s music school at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory where he studied under Honored Artist of Russia, O.I. Tantsov. In 2006–2010, he was a student of the Academic Music College at the Moscow State Conservatory. In 2010, he was accepted to the Conservatory where he went on to study in the class of Honored Artist of Russia, professor E.A. Petrov. In 2015, Danila Lukyanov graduated with honours from the Moscow State Conservatory and began his assistantship/internship, which he finished in 2017.
As a teenager, Danila was a scholar at the Elina Bystritskaya Foundation. He is a 3rd place laureate of the Moscow open competition for young clarinetists and woodwind ensembles (2008), a 3rd place laureate of the “Czech Clarinet Art 2013” First international clarinet competition (Horice, 2013), a laureate of the XIth international clarinet competition in Carlino (Italy, 2013), and a participant of the All-Russian clarinet seminar. In 2011, he obtained the diploma of a participant of the Kristianstad international music festival (Sweden). He is also a laureate of the I. Mozgovenko international clarinet competition (2019).
As a performer, Danila Lukyanov has taken part in master classes by Pascal Moragez (France), Alessandro Carbonare (Italy), Nicolas Balderoux (France), Philippe Berrod (France), Stephen Williams (USA), and David Schwimberge (Belgium). He has also participated in master classes by Wenzel Fuchs (Germany), Jörg Widmann (Germany), Matthias Mueller (Switzerland), Charles Neidich (USA) and Philippe Cuper (France) as a listener.
In 2013–2016, Danila was a member of the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Singing Center orchestra. In 2016–2019, he was a regulator soloist at the Moscow Philharmonic Academic Symphony Orchestra. In 2015–2019, he collaborated with stage director S. Zemlyakova at the Mayakovsky Moscow academic theatre. Currently, Danila Lukyanov is a member of the musicAeterna orchestra conducted by Teodor Currentzis.
I’m a musician due to my parents. It often happens that children from non-musical families come to music schools: if the parents are musicians themselves, they realize what a complex and somewhat controversial occupation that is, so they try to make their children go a different way. On the other hand, non-musical parents are enchanted by the romantic image of a musician as a member of the intellectual elite.
I loved singing as a child, and I adored anything I heard: 90s’ hits, songs from Soviet movies, bard songs that my father sang while playing the guitar. Nobody thought I’d become a musician when they brought me to music school. Like many other children, I started with playing the recorder. At music school concerts, I first got acquainted with the world of classical music, and I was particularly impressed by J.S. Bach’s works. I once asked my parents to buy me a recording of the Toccata and Fugue in D-Minor which I had heard at a concert; they bought me a CD where the piece was played by organist Lionel Rogg. I was absolutely struck by it and listened to the recording every day: Bach’s music combined with the sound of the organ was a colossal discovery for me! I still have the CD to this day. Ever since then, Bach’s music has been my model of unreachable beauty, power, originality, wit and intelligence. I soon began showing good progress in solfège, and my wonderful teacher — Olga Nikolaevna Neklyudova — drew my parents’ attention to that. She convinced my mother to take me to the teachers at the Gnessin school, which she did. And that’s how my professional journey began.