Benjamin Yusupov is one of the most active composers in Israel today. He studied piano, composition and conducting with Dmitri Kitayenko at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. In 1989 he was appointed chief conductor of the Duschanbe Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2001 he received his doctorate at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. His works have been performed at festivals in the Soviet Union (Moscow, Gorky) as well as in Paris, Zagreb and Israel by the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Israeli Camerata Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, amongst others.
Yusupov’s works incorporate a completely independent musical language compiled from unusual sources, containing both Oriental influences and experimental aspects of present-day European music. Yusupov especially strives for a new “Israeli” musical style deriving from the different musical traditions being cultivated in Israel.