Denis Asimovich


Guitar player Denis Asimovich (b. 1975 in Grodno, Belarus, d. 2008 in Grodno) lost the use of his eyes at the age of 2. It became obvious that he had musical talent, which was duly developed into the study of guitar playing at the music school in Grodno. He soon won first prize in the National Guitar Competition and in 1993 became laureate of the 9 th International Competition in Krakow, Poland.

He studied at the Music Academy in Minsk, Belarus, with Professor Eugeny Grediushko, which was graduated from with distinction in 1998. In 1995 he studied with Professor Štěpán Rak at the Prague Academy of Music for one term, and that same year won 1 st prize at the prestigious competition in Krinice, Poland. During his short life Denis Asimovich presented many guitar concerts in his own country and abroad. His perform went through in many cities of Belorus and Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Moravia, Ukraine and Russia. Repertoire of Denis Asimovich included works of different epochs, styles, and composers, as Dowland, Bach, Scarlatti, Sor, Tarrega, Lauro, Piazzolla, Tansman, Paul, Rak, Zenamon etc.

As composer Denis Asimovich created music for classical guitar. His compositions were already performed in Belarus, Poland, Netherlands, Great Britain, and Russia. The main place in his creative work is occupied by compositions, inspired by scenes from the Bible. His partita in three parts “Jesus Christ” was written in 1998 and was many times performed in concerts in Belarus and abroad. It was also recorded by a sound production company in Netherlands.

At the end of his life Denis Asimovich worked as a teacher and a musical designer at the drama theatre in Grodno, Belarus, continuing writing of new compositions for guitar. His CD named by the title of one of his compositions Hommage to Cheslav Drozdievich was released in 2008.

Denis Asimovich died 2 April 2008 at the age of 33.


  In memory of Denis Asimovich