Alexander Manotskov was born in 1972.
He studied Anthropology at the St.-Petersburg University (1989-1993, master) and at the Anthropology Museum (1993-1994, postgraduate studies). Besides that, Alexander Manotskov studied musical composition with A.Yusfin and V.Guyvoronsky (1992-2000) and various national musical traditions (Middle East, Central Africa, the Don region, Caribbean music, Karnatik music) with their authentic bearers.
Alexander Manotskov occasionally works as choir master, choir and orchestra conductor and music producer. He has participated as multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, leader and conductor in many groups and projects of new, early, jazz, traditional and other kinds of music.
He taught Music and Composition in Theatre at Shkola-Studija MKHAT (Moscow Art Theatre Theatre School) in 2008-2011.
In 2013, Alexander Manotskov also curated musical programmes and was one of the speakers at TEDx Talk in Skolkovo.
Alexander Manotskov has been working as a full-time freelance composer since 1995. Furthermore, Alexander Manotskov was composer-in-residence at Platforma, the then leading contemporary arts center in Moscow.
He is the author of works for solo instruments and various chamber ensembles, for orchestra, vocal cycles, concertos, operas. The first works for the theater were written in cooperation with Andrey Moguchy and the Formal Theater (“A Long Christmas Dinner,” “A Play by Konstantine Treplev ‘People, Lions, Eagles, and Quails’ ” and various other performances). He is an ardent believer of the “live” music in his the cinema and theater work.
Alexander Manotskov’s music has been performed by, among others, Bolshoi Theatre orchestra, choir and soloists, Latvian Baroque Orchestra, the Sirine choir, Russian Cinematography Orchestra, Tromso Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, SISU percussion trio (Norway), N’Caged Ensemble (Moscow), Tatiana Grindenko’s Opus Posth ensemble (Moscow), Pokrovsky Chamber Opera Theatre (Moscow).
He is author of the music for the “The Little People” feature film, Director V. Morozov, and several series of the NTV-Profit Company.
Alexander Manotskov has also written over twenty scores for theatre productions in Moscow, St-Petersburg, Warsaw, London, Tromsø, Riga, Drammen, Duesseldorf, around ten film scores (awards in Italy and Russia).
His first symphony (‘Twenty Five Year Symphony’) was commissioned by and was premiered at the Baltiysky Dom Festival in St-Petersburg (Russia) in October 2015.
Besides that, Alexander Manotskov has written and directed several site-specific musical performances for various art and music festivals.
Alexander Manotskov’s opera 'Gvidon' received the Best Experimental Production award at the 2011 Golden Mask Russian National Theatre Festival and is still in repertoire at Vasiliev Theatre in Moscow.