Nikolai Kachanov , founder and Artistic Director of the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, was born in Russia in the Siberian city of Barnaul, capital of the Altai Region. He holds a Ph.D. in choral conducting from the Novosibirsk Conservatory. In the 1970s Kachanov taught in Novosibirsk Conservatory and performed as a choral conductor.
In 1981, Maestro Kachanov moved to the United States with his wife, Tamara, and their son Pavel. In 1984, Nikolai and Tamara founded the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York.
Kachanov brings his unique sensitivity and authentic interpretation to well-known repertoire; at the same time, he is devoted to presenting new and underexposed works that illustrate Russia's rich heritage and its contemporary spirit. As a result of his commitment, audiences have been introduced to the ancient chants previously banned in his homeland (and completely unknown in America). Kachanov created the Ussachevsky Festival of Russian-American contemporary music which was held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
Kachanov has prepared large concert choruses for Vladimir Ashkenazy, Leon Botstein, Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov and Peter Tiboris; and participated as a coach in the 2004 Lincoln Center Festival's U.S. premiere of John Tavener's all-night vigil, The Veil of the Temple. He has also developed several annual RCCNY concert series: Parallels and Crossings, Spirit of Old Russia, and Music without Borders, which presents many American premieres of choral music from Russia's neighboring countries. Kachanov has been interviewed by Fred Child for NPR's From the Village to the Concert, and on the WNYC-FM programs Around New York with Fred Child and New Sounds and Soundcheck with John Schaefer. Nikolai Kachanov enjoys a career as a vocal coach.
Nikolai Kachanov composed works that were included in the recording, The Call, released in the Spring of 2003. Two of his choral works, Benevolence, a choral cycle set to the poetry of Nicholas Roerich, and Reflections on Stanzas from the Book of Dzyan (part of H.P. Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine) for chorus, synthesizers and trumpets which interweave elements of Eastern and Western musical traditions, were premiered by the Russian Chamber Chorus to sold-out audiences at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
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