In the choir since 2019
Nikolai Basov was born on August 27, 1985 in Weimar, East Germany. He graduated with honours from the Sveshnikov College and the Popov Choral Arts Academy with a specialty in choir conducting. While studying at the Sveshnikov College, he also finished Children’s music school №18 where he studied saxophone. He spent about 3 years learning Irish dancing (ballet and step dancing). As a student, Nikolai also worked as a performer and assistant chorus master at the “Drama Art School” theatre directed by A. Vasiliev. Following his graduation from the Academy, Nikolai became a member of the Big Academic Choir.
Nikolai Basov is a regular performer at the “December Nights” and “Comeback” music festivals. As a soloist, he has performed with the “Intrada” and “Questa musica” vocal ensembles (directed by Ekaterina Antonenko and Philipp Chizhevsky, respectively) for 9 years.
For the past 6 years, Nikolai has been interested in modern avant garde and experimental music. He is one of the regular performers in the “Drillalians” opera series (composers: Kurliandsky, Syumak, Nevsky, Sysoev, Filanovsky, Rannev) which premiered at the “Stanislavsky Electric Theatre” during the 2014-2015 season.
In 2014–2018, Nikolai Basov studied vocal performance under Honoured Artist of Russia, Fyodor Mikhailovich Anikeev. In 2018, Nikolai made his solo debut along with Vladimir Yurovski at the “Another Space” festival: they presented the premiere of Boris Filanovsky’s oratorio for soloists, extended violin, accordion, choir and orchestra at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. In January 2019, Nikolai Basov performed Father’s part in the “Nutcracker in Zaryadye” ballet/opera/fairy-tale set to Tchaikovsky’s music (producers: Pavel Kaplevich and Yulia Morozova; director: Nina Tchusova; visual artist: Andrey Bartenev; conductor: Philipp Chizhevsky).
Since autumn 2019, Nikolai Basov has been a member of the musicAeterna choir.
musicAeterna choir events
Andreas Moustoukis (b. 1971)
“Liturgy of St. Leontius” for mixed choir (2021)
Im Äther for mixed choir, 4 double basses, electronics, percussion and the ondes Martenot (2023, world premiere)
musicAeterna Choir and Orchestra Soloists
Conductor Vitaly Polonsky
MusicAeterna resident composer Andreas Moustoukis presents the result of his two-year work at Dom Radio. Together with the “Liturgy of St. Leontius”, fragments of which have been repeatedly heard in the concerts by the musicAeterna Choir, on June 6, the world premiere of his new composition – IM ÄTHER (“In Ether”) for mixed choir, 4 double basses, electronics, percussion and the ondes Martenot will take place. This is a micropolyphonic work based on the poems by Paul Celan interspersed with quotations from world cinema.
The author explains the essence of the new work as follows: “Im Äther (στον αιθέρα) is the need to breath out in the stratosphere were the gravitation is low and all the time is becoming one and a single moment of a crystal silence. The past, the present and the future stop to exist between then and now in a violent and compensating ‘why’, they just exist timelessly in the cosmic black as if they were small red shining dots of love, the tears of eternity.”
Photo: Selena Zhigulskaya