Saxophonist, producer, People`s Artist of Russia, President of IBMG, artistic director of Moscow Jazz Orchestra
A top advocate of Russian art in the world. In 1999 he founded Igor Butman Orchestra (now — Moscow Jazz Orchestra) and Igor Butman Quartet, described by DownBeat Magazine as «an outfit of virtuosos». Their intensive schedule includes frequent tours and performances at the biggest international jazz festivals all over the world. Igor Butman released 17 albums both as a leader and co-leader, including Magic Land (Sony Classical) with Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, John Patitucci, Stefon Harris and Randy Brecker. Igor is the President of Igor Butman Music Group which consists of Igor Butman Jazz Club in Moscow, Butman Music Records and the biggest Russian jazz production company, running 11 jazz festivals in Russia and abroad and representing the finest Russian Artists. In 2016 Igor Butman was elected the President of Russian Authors’ Society (Russian equivalent of ASCAP). In 2017 he was assigned the head of State College of Brass Ar. Co-Artistic Director of International Jazz Day 2018.
On October 28, 2011 Igor Butman was given a rank of People’s Artist of Russian Federation for outstanding services to Russian music by the decree of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
On November 1, 2018, in Washington, Igor Butman was awarded the prize of the Institute of Sustainable Dialogue for «a monumental contribution to overcoming contradictions through art» and organizing musical exchanges in order to bring people of different countries closer together. He became the first Russian cultural figure to be awarded this prize.