International Forum «New Music»

The Saint Petersburg Contemporary Music Center invites you to take part in the international forum “New Music” within the frame of VIII St. Petersburg International New Music Festival. It will be held online and offline in Russian and English. The forum will discuss topics related to copyright, funding and the presence of new music on stage and screen. Musicians and directors, managers and critics, international foundations and government agencies, concert halls and theaters, patrons and commercial companies are invited to participate.

The forum will highlight aspects of the presence of new music on stage and screen: in drama and opera performances, cinema and animation, museum exposition and public spaces. Anyone can take part in the forum: composers and musicologists, directors and art critics, cultural managers and journalists – those who are interested in the development of contemporary music.

One of the forum topics is the role of new music in visual, auditory, situational formats and related art forms. We are planning to review the following aspects:

– the work of a composer in theater and cinema: methods, role, interaction experience;
– the perception of modern music in theater, cinema, animation, museum spaces, etc.;
– the development of new spaces: ways of interaction and development of different forms;
– complex experiments: the experience of musical programs creation (the coexistence of classics and modernity in concert programs), experimental experience in search of a new language, etc.

The second direction of the forum is the functioning of non-profit organizations and interaction with commercial structures, charitable foundations and government programs for the sake of supporting contemporary music and art. The forum will consider successful experiences of interaction with business, strategies for corporate and social responsibility of business, types of joint projects. Parallel line – new music festivals, challenges and requirements of the time, conditions of organization, interaction with sponsors.

The third area is the issue of copyright, protection and restrictions, rights and obligations. The following aspects will be considered at the forum and round table:

1. Copyright societies – rules, regulations, types of work in terms of new music.

2. Online events and broadcasts: how to protect the group of authors and the organizer of the event from unplanned expenses.

3. Copyright: from creative to legal. Questions of interaction with the author’s society and aspects of interaction between the author and the publisher and manager of cultural projects.

4. Online and offline: World changes.

Thus, everyone who wants to take part in the forum program, please send

1. Abstracts for the presentation (about 150 words) indicating the direction of the forum,

2. A good resolution photograph (approx. 1MB),

3. Brief biography (approx. 100 words)

Due to the uncertainty of the epidemiological situation, the conference will be held in two formats: online and offline. Clarifications on the format of the event will be sent to the participants in the spring of 2021.

Applications for participation must be sent by February 28, 2021 at

For questions and requests, please contact the curator of the Forum – Lidia Ader at

About the Festival

The annual St. Petersburg International New Music Festival is among the main projects through which pursue its mission. The largest festival of new music in Russia takes place at the end of May during a period of famous White Nights in distinguished venues around the city, including the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater, New Holland, the St. Petersburg State Conservatory and others.

The festival is presented by world-famous musicians and well-known ensembles, both classical and experimental ones, specializing in the new music performance. The Festival covers various areas of contemporary academic music – experimental, electro-acoustic, electronic music, multimedia projects, free improvisation and others.

The festival program has numerous educational highlights: master classes, pre-rehearsal talks, scientific conference, composition course, presentations, educational lectures, training lab for music critics, workshops and reading sessions with soloists and several ensembles.

The festival is supported by the Government of St. Petersburg, the Committee for Culture

Petersburg, the Swiss Council for Culture Pro Helvetia, The French Institute, the Swiss Embassy in Russia, The Swiss Consulate General in St. Petersburg, The German Consulate General in St. Petersburg, The Consulate General of the Kingdom of Belgium in St. Petersburg, The Polish Institute in St. Petersburg.

Rimsky-Korsakov at 175: A Survey of his Legacy Year on Year

18-20 March 2019, St Petersburg, Russia

In 2019, on 18 March, it will be 175 years since the birth of one of Russia’s most renowned composers – Nikolay Andreevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908). For his jubilee, the Museum will hold an international conference and series of major events (concerts, a city-wide holiday, exhibition and the publication of a collection of essays).

The conference will take place from 18–20 March 2019 at the Rimsky-Korsakov Memorial Museum-Apartment and at the St Petersburg Conservatory.

The main theme of the conference will be the fate of Rimsky-Korsakov’slegacy from 1908 (the year of his death) until the present day. Over thesethree days we will examine the following:

  • Rimsky-Korsakov’s creative work in the context of Soviet and contemporary music (dialogues, confrontations, interpretations)
  • The position of his works in different decades in thecontext of changing political regimes
  • The perception of his works worldwide
  • Rimsky-Korsakov’s legacy in contemporary concert andopera practice

The theme of ‘Year on Year’ indicatesour wish to build both a linear and non-linear survey of Rimsky-Korsakov’screative legacy. Conference papers will be grouped thematically, and somesessions will be held in the format of open discussions. The organisingcommittee invites participants, to offer, alongside traditional papers,specific dates (for instance, 1935, 1950, 1991) and reflect on their significance in the context of the composer’s long-term legacy, opening upbroader topics for discussion.

Therefore, in applications for the conference, we request that speakers send two proposals thus:

  1. An abstract of around 150 words
  2. A theme for discussion based on a specific year (around 60 words)

To assist us in compiling the conference programme in a timely fashion we also request that each proposal is accompanied by a high-resolution photograph (not least than 1mb) and a short biography of around 100 words.

A separate day of the conference will be devoted to special meetings of two Study Groups of the International Musicological Society: ‘Shostakovich and his Epoch’ (chairs Olga Digonskaya, Pauline Fairclough) and ‘Stravinsky Between East and West’ (chairs Natalia Braginskaya, Valérie Dufour). Applications for participation in these meetings should be sent to the relevant convenor, with the name of the group, the topic and abstracts of the report, a brief biography and photos of the participant in the format indicated above. Topics for presentation may reflect (or not reflect) a connection with the main theme of the conference.

The working languages of the conference will be Russian and English.

All applications for the conference should be sent to Lidia Ader:

Applications for participation in the study group ‘Shostakovich and his Epoch’ should be sent to Olga Digonskaya:

Applications for participation in the study group ‘Stravinsky Between East and West’ should be sent to Natalia Braginskaya:

DEADLINE is 5 December 2018 and participants will receive notification by 15 December 2018.

A selection of the papers presented will be published in an edited volume.

Conference Organising Committee:

Lidia Ader, conference convenor, senior research associate of the Rimsky-Korsakov Museum, St Petersburg

Nina Kostenko, Director of the Rimsky-Korsakov Museum, St Petersburg

Natalia Braginskaya, Vice-Rector for scientific work of the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory

Zivar Guseynova, Head of the Russian Music History department of the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory

Olga Digonskaya, senior researcher of the Russian National Museum of Music and the Chief Archivist of the D. D. Shostakovich Archive

Elena Khodorkovskaya, Director of the Faculty of International Research and Art of the St Petersburg State University

Pauline Fairclough, Professor of Music, University of Bristol, Vice-President of the Royal Musical Association

Valérie Dufour, Professor of Music at the Free University of Brussels.