Composer (Uzbekistan) Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In 1986 he graduated from the Tashkent State Conservatoire, where he took composition and instrumentation classes with his father, professor Felix Yanov-Yanovsky. After graduating, Yanov-Yanovsky travelled to European Russia, where he benefited from the advice and support of, among others, Alfred Schnittke, Sofia Gubaidulina and Edison Denisov. He was a participant of Master Class in Lerchenborg with P. Ruders and E. Denisov (1992) and he took part in Summer Academia at IRCAM in Paris (1993).
Yanov-Yanovsky has won a number of awards for his musical compositions; among them, second prize at the 4th International Competition of Sacred Music (Fribourg, Switzerland, 1991) for his piece Lacrymosa for soprano and string quartet; ALEA III International Prize (Boston, 1992) for his work Presentment for chamber ensemble and tape; and Special Award of Nantes at the International Film Festival (France, 1992) for the musical score in the film Kammie. In 1993-94, Yanov-Yanovsky performed and recorded the chang part in his piece Chang Music V with the Kronos Quartet. And in 2000, together with Elisabeth Chojnacka, he performed and recorded his Music of Dreams for harpsichord and chang. In 1999 took place Two monographic concerts of works by the composer took place in Rome and Torino in 1999, and in Brussels and Mons (Belgium) in 2003. In 2002, Yanov-Yanovsky won a fellowship from Siemens Corporation USA and spent two months in New Jersey as a composer in residence. Between 2002 and 2004, Yanov-Yanovsky was a composer in residence with the Belgian ensemble Musiques Nouvelles. In 2006 he was invited to join other composers in the Carnegie Hall’s Professional Training Workshops for Young Musicians.
His works have been performed during the 23d International Music Festival in Brno (1988), the cycles of concerts Europhonia in Zagreb (1990), the Schleswig-Holstein Festival (1994, 1995), Lerchenborg Music Days (1992, 1994), Vienna Jazz Festival (1993), ISCM World Music Days in Stockholm (1994), Kronos And Friends Festival (1993, 1994), Presences (1993, 2000) in Paris, the 17th Music Biennale Zagreb (1993), the Festival Internationale Cervantino in Mexico (1993), Warsaw Autumn (1997), Moscow Autumn (1996, 1997), Music Today (1995), Munich Biennale (1996), Settembre Musica (2000), Musica Viva's Yarra Valley Festival (2002), Spoleto Festival USA (2002, 2003), Melbourne Festival (2002), Sydney Festival (2003), Alspekte Salzburg (2003) and other festivals.
Performers of Yanov-Yanovsky’s music have included the Arditti Quartet, Dawn Upshaw, the Kronos Quartet, the Moscow Ensemble of Contemporary Music, ALEA III Ensemble, Erwartung Ensemble, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Jerusalem Contemporary Players, Xenia Ensemble, Musiques Nouvelles, AntiDogma Musica, the Xenakis Ensemble, the Nieuw Ensemble, Sentieri selvaggi, Alter ego, Joel Sachs, Sarah Leonard, Barbara Bayer, Dennis Rassel Davies, Diego Masson, Phillis Bryn-Julson, Herve Desarbre, Pascal Rophe, Ensemble Caput, Elisabeth Chojnacka, HK Gruber, David James, Yo-Yo Ma, the London Sinfonietta, and 2e2m.
In addition to his concert music, Yanov-Yanovskyis known for his scores for 54 films and more than 30 theater performances.
In 1996 he founded the International Festival of Contemporary Music ILKHOM-XX in Tashkent. He was an art director of the festival till 2006.
Music by Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky for the Silk Road Ensmble includes the Silk Road Project-commissioned works "Night Music: Voice in the Leaves" (2000) and "Paths of Parables" (2006), as well as "Qasida" (2012) and "Sacred Signs" (2012, commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts).