Arvo Pärt: Icon of Modernity

This one-day conference will be held on the eighty-second birthday of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt September 11, 2017 at the Institute for Advanced Music Studies, Senate House, The University of London,.. It is presented under the auspices of The Royal Academy of Music, The University of West London and in association with the Estonian Embassy.


We invite papers of 25 minutes with the first 5 minutes of the paper to be given to a background introduction and placement of the paper in this field. Papers are welcome on all aspects of and approaches to the composer’s music including philosophical, theological, analytical, ethnographic studies and also research that addresses the position of Pärt in popular culture and media. In particular, papers that expand the significance of material inside the critical enclosure of Pärtian concepts as well as studies that bring fresh insights, strategies and contexts to this burgeoning scholarly literature will be well received. The conference intends to showcase the widest range of critical thinking on this important contemporary artist with full papers to be edited and published by a major University Press.  The conference supper will be held on the evening of the 11th at a major London club.


Abstracts including affiliation and a short biography should be sent in a word document to Prof. Robert Sholl by May 15. These should explain the context for the research and show the work to be presented represents a contribution to this subject.


The conference fee will be £40 for the day, and £80 with supper. The conference also follows on from the Royal Musical Association conference on 7-9 September.