The composer and pianist Platon Buravicky (*1989) graduated in 2007 from the Emīls Dārziņš College of Music Keyboards Department (studying composition with Pēteris Vasks). He received a Master’s Degree from the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, studying composition with Selga Mence (2015). He has also mastered his knowledge with many teachers – he participated in algorithmic composition courses with Achim Christian Bornhoeft, electro-acoustic composition courses with Rolands Kronlaks, composition masterclasses with Dieter Mack, Alexander Tchaikovsky, Christian Wolff, Richard Cameron-Wolfe, and Ed Benett, and electro-acoustic music masterclasses with Lamberto Coccioli and James Bullock. His works have received awards at the new composition competition (1st place – 1999, 2007) and at the Pēteris Vasks composition competition (2nd place – 2012, 3rd place – 2014). His music has been performed at the festivals Skaņu mežs, Dominante, Survival Kit 5, Art and Communication, Arēna, Latvijas Jaunās mūzikas dienas, and elsewhere. In 2013–2015, he was a teacher of composition and music programming at the Jelgava College of Music. Since 2018 he works in Latvian Music Academy as a guest lecturer in electroacoustics and is a guest lecturer at Liepaja University and RISEBA University of applied sciences.
Platon Buravicky: “The composer, and, overall, the musician, has a great responsibility – much like the architect and the builder. However, in contrast with the architect and builder, it is more difficult to evaluate the responsibility of the creator of music, since the result is not seen immediately after the work is completed. Correspondingly, the responsibility of the composer is greater. Ever since I wrote down my first note, I decided that I will do everything to encourage people to listen to music more often, to be closer to it, closer to victory. I decided that I will do all that I can so that, after the work of the creator of music is finished, people would be able to more quickly appreciate not just how it sounded, but also its responsibility to invest in the formation of a person’s soul and ego. Humanity must open itself to music and find itself within it.”