Composer Vladimir Agopov (born in Luhansk, Ukraine in 1953) lives in Finland since 1978 and is a Finnish citizen. In 1977, he received a diploma in composition from the Moscow Conservatory. He also finished his post-graduate studies at the Sibelius Academy (1978–1984). Since 1988, he is a lecturer at the Sibelius Academy. Agopov’s most important works are “Tres viae”, a concerto for cello and orchestra (1984/1987), “Homage to Master”, a concerto for orchestra, Op. 20 (2013) and a motetus for chamber choir, organ, harp and percussion, Op. 17 (2012). He won first prize at a competition in Kouvola, Finland (1982), second prize at the Sibelius Violin Competition for Composers (1985), first prize at the 17th International Edvard Grieg Competition for Composers (2014) and first prize at the Lied-2017 composition competition in Finland.