Valery Voronov was born on March 3, 1970 in Moscow. He had his music lessons there at the age of seven. After completing his studies at the Glinka College in Minsk, he studied with Prof. D. Smolsky at the Minsk Academy of Music, where he received highest honours in all subjects. In 1995, he entered the composition class of Prof. K. Meyer at the Cologne College of Music, and took part in a masterclass with Prof. G. Katzer at Rheinsberg Castle. In 2001, he continued his studies with Prof. H. U. Humpert at the Electronic Music Studio in the Cologne College of Music.
Voronov has been distinguished by numerous composition prizes, including the Tschaikovsky Fellowship of the Cultural Ministry of Belarus (1992-94), 1st Prize in the Composition Competition held at the opening of the Werner Richard Hall in Herdecke (Germany 2001) for “Autumn Music” for 13 Strings, 1st Prize at the 5th International W. Lutoslawski Composition Competition (Warsaw 2001) for “Andante Luminoso” for large orchestra, prize of the 8th International Composition Competition of the Vienna Summer Seminar for New Music (2002) for “Centaur” for flute and great piano strings, prize of the Pythian Games (St. Petersburg, Russia, 2005) for Studies of figure in movement Ascending for Ensemble, prize of the 3. International Schiedmayer Celesta Prize (Stuttgart, Germany, 2009) for 7 Haiku, Da Capo Preis der 4. Brandenburger Biennale (2010) for Marmor for large orchestra.
Voronov has written music for various theater, radio and film projects including the Film Theatre of Minsk, the Grend Theater and Film Studio of Aalto Theatre in Essen, WDR and Deutsche Welle, Cologne.
Voronov’s compositions have participated in numerous significant international music festivals and symposiums, such as the Warsaw Autumn Festival (2001, 2013), Bergische Biennale der Neuen Musik (2001), Wiener Sommerseminar für Neue Musik (2002), Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam (2003 and 2004), Pythian Games in St. Petersburg (2005, 2011), Zeppelin 04 in Barcelona (2004), 3rd International Forum for Young Composers in Moulin d’Andé, France (2004), Dresdner Tage der zeitgenössischen Musik (2004), Festival der Nationen (2004), Aspekte Salzburg (2005), Sound Ways St. Petersburg (2005), Jardins Musicaux Cernier (2008), La Bâtie Genève (2008), Maerz Musik Berlin (2009), Festival d'Automne à Paris (2010), Rusland Festival in het Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, 2011), VIII Yuri Bashmet international Music Festival (Minsk , 2013), Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele (2013) Shakespeare-Wochen Bochum (2014) etc.