N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov and his heritage in historical perspective


15th-22nd March 2010: International Conference “Rimsky-Korsakov and his Heritage in Historical Perspective” 

Venue: Rimsky-Korsakov Apartment Museum (branch of the St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music)

St. Peterburg, Russia


 As teacher of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire for over thirty years, Rimsky-Korsakov united not only different generations of students, but also different styles and periods of musical culture – from Lyadov to Respighi, from Arensky to Prokofiev and Stravinsky.


Leading musicologists and experts in Russian music from various countries (Russia, USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, Portugal, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus) will take part for the first time in many years in St. Petersburg’s Musicological and Museological Conference. They will gather to share knowledge, views and their latest research.


In the cosy atmosphere of the Russian composer's apartment, the Roundtable will bring together Rimsky-Korsakov’s descendants (great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren), Igor Stravinsky’s grand-niece and her husband, and heads of composer’s museums. By bringing all these people’s memories together, we can shed light on the life and fate of Rimsky-Korsakov’s family, and revive the half-forgotten or erased names of talented musicians from the composer’s generation.


Among the conference’s special guests will be Richard Taruskin , Professor of the University of California (Berkeley), author of the world famous six-volume Oxford History of Music, a major work on Stravinsky and the book Defining Russia Musically.


At the conference there will be concerts in the Sheremetev Palace, the Maltese Chapel (with Russia’s Mikhail Mishchenko playing the organ), and in the Rimsky-Korsakov Apartment Museum (with Jonathan Powell from the United Kingdom on piano, folk ensemble Novina and others).


On March 19th an exhibition will be unveiled, which will display not only manuscripts and photographs from collections in St. Petersburg, Moscow and the Ionian University, Corfu (Greece), but also the unique electric musical instrument, the emiriton, designed in 1930 by a team of inventors led by Rimsky-Korsakov ‘s grandson, the acoustician Andrei Rimsky-Korsakov, which is currently stored in the Musical Museum in the Sheremetev Palace (a branch of the Museum of Theatre and Music).


The conference’s programme committee consists of:

Lidia Ader (author and project director, senior Researcher at the Rimsky-Korsakov Apartment Museum),

Nina Kostenko (Head of the Rimsky-Korsakov Apartment Museum).


How to find us:

 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Apartment Museum– 28 Zagorodnii Prospect (in the yard);

Maltese Chapel of Vorontsov Palace, 26 Sadovaia Street (entrance through the Suvorov Military School checkpoint);

Sheremetev Palace, Musical Museum– 34 Fontanka river


For questions, proposals and news please contact:

Lidia Ader


Mob.: 007 911 7657640

Rimsky-Korsakov Apartment Museum, St. Petersburg

Tel.: 007 (812) 7133208

Fax: 007 (812) 7133208