The Triumph of Russian Music – a Window to the World

Center for New Technology in the Arts “Art-parkING”
General partner: St Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music

International symposium and festival
«The Triumph of Russian Music – a Window to the World»
Celebrating the 170-year anniversary of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov

21 – 23 March 2014, St Petersburg, Russia

2014 is marked in St Petersburg by the celebration of the 170-year anniversary of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. This composer, whose name is included in all artistic chronicles of the city, is Petersburg’s musical symbol.
Thanks to Rimsky-Korsakov, in the 19th century the music world began its deeper discoveries of the Russian style. It began to be published in European languages, to be heard in the most famous concert and opera houses. Russian composers and performers went on international tours and gained sensational successes. Rimsky-Korsakov became one of the important composers of his time, whose heritage attracted musicians, artists, writers and stage directors; he was also known as a conductor of rarely sounded works by his contemporaries; as a teacher, he was professor of the Petersburg conservatory, indeed the most authoritative person there during his lifetime. These three components and the compositional school that he established form the basis of this year’s Festival and Symposium.

For the Symposium we propose to discuss the following topics:
Perception of Russian music during the 19th – 21st centuries;
Russian musical identity in the contemporary world;
Influence of Russian music style on Western composers;
Composers’ schools;
Russian performing schools: perception, influence, dissemination;
Foreign musicians and composers on tour in Russia.

Besides those themes, a significant part of the Symposium will be dedicated to the life, music and pedagogical traditions of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. This grows out of the necessity of realizing the international scale of his school, which united many significant composers. Dedicating his active life to the Conservatory, where he taught more than 30 years, he formed a very strict codex of rules and compulsory knowledge for every musician.

Additionally to the symposium from 18th to 30th of March there will be an international Festival dedicated to the anniversary of Rimsky-Korsakov.
The Rimsky-Korsakov Memorial Museum – Apartment will present its new exhibition dedicated to operas of Russian composers on small tragedies of Alexander Pushkin, including “Mozart and Salieri” by Rimsky-Korsakov, “The Stone Guest” by Dargomyzhsky. Costumes of 19-20th century opera productions, original scores, paintings will be for the first time established at the Museum.

We invite scholars of all ranges and focuses to join these events.
Working languages of the conference are Russian and English. Time limit for papers is 20 minutes.
Please submit abstracts for papers of no less than 150 and no more than 250 words and biography 100 words in one file;
a photograph in a good resolution.

Contact address is lidia.ader [at]
The deadline for paper abstracts is 15 November 2013. The notification of acceptance will be sent out at the end of November 2013 at the latest.
Papers of the symposium will be published.

The symposium will not able to cover participants’ expenses. Full details are available at