Alexandre Danilevski was born from a captain and a pianist. It determined his passion for travels and music, composition being a travel in the unknown.

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In St Petersburg, Alexandre was a student of Galina Ustvolskaya. His passion for modern music brought him, after his studies in classical music, to learn about early music which he studied, after his emigration in France, at the Scola Cantorum Basilensis (Switzerland). He created then the ensemble of early music Syntagma, now one of the leaders in this domain.

He says that his music isn’t one that belongs in a museum, but that he only performs modern music, no matter when it was written, even if it dates back to 800 years. There exist some “new” music which appears like old mistakes. On the real matter, time has no power.

For him music is a way to learn about the inner-self. It exists to discover something in yourself and to understand it. It is a necessity for a superior quality of life, you just have to re-orient the listening from outside to inside. And, by playing Danilevski’s music, we are invited to listen to ourselves.


  • Portrait du compositeur et directeur artistique de l’ensemble Syntagma on Bayern Rundfunk:Samstag, 24.08.2013 22:05 bis 23:00 Uhr
  • In preparation now: a disc with music for piano
  • 22.09.13 : newly composed ‘Koanes’ are recorded for the cd project “Our Strange World”
    (with Syntagma & Surplus, Freiburg, D)

    For voice and instrumental ensemble

    • Lauda ‘Se mai per maraveglia’*
    • Oda an die Traurigkeit*
    • “Seven Words of Christ”
    • Pietа for soprano and string quartet, recorder and organ ad libitum;

    Piano solo

    • Sonata N° 2 (1987) Sonata-Reminiscenza: In Memoriam Nikolai Medtner
    • Sonata “1985. In Memoriam Charles Ives”
    • Le Retour
    • Raining on Kopenhagen;
    • Piano Suite in g
    • Sonates I and II;
    • Night Music;
    • Concerto for two pianos

    Other instruments

    • Sonata I for violin and piano;
    • “Revelation” for cello solo*
    • Three Inventions for three melodic instruments
    • Ricercars (7 pieces for recorder or flute solo – in print now: Edition Tre Fontane);
    • “Tombeau de Messiaen” for organ, commissioned for the festival “La Route des Orgues”;
    • Dolce Suono for two recorders – ed. by TRE FONTANE: ETF 2038
    • “Antiphones – I”* (1997 – ETF 2063 ) and II
    • Senza Titolo
    • Organum for string orchestra;
    • String Quartets I to X

    * recorded