Andrei Samsonov is a Russian composer, recording artist and producer. Educated in Moscow at the legendary Gnessin School of Music, he first performed as a solo clarinetist at the age of ten. In 1990 he won first prize at the Russian National Competition of woodwind players and in 1991 won the Grand Prix of the USSR Woodwind Competition. In 1992 Samsonov moved to London where he spent five years studying on a scholarship at the Royal College of Music.
As a composer Samsonov explores the outer edges of electro-acoustic music, but is also adept at composing in a traditional classical mode and in the cut-up universe of contemporary electronica and dance. In 1997 Mute Records released a collection of his electronic works entitled ‘Void In’ .
Since 2000 Andrei Samsonov has produced over fifty albums for major Russian artists and recorded with a diverse range of performers such as Marc Almond, Laibach, The Rastrelli Cello Quartet, Huun Huur Tu and the Grammy Award winning percussionist Evelyn Glennie.
Samsonov has also worked extensively in film and TV with his scores featuring in a variety of documentaries including ‘The Lost Boys’ (2002 dir. Clive Gordon) and ‘India In Real Time’ (2006). In 2008 he completed a full score for the Russian feature film ‘Oxygen’ directed by Ivan Varybaev.
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