VIII St. Petersburg International New Music Festival

Saint Petersburg Contemporary Music Center announces Call for submissions for Composition Lab in collaboration with Ensemble C Barré (Marseille, France). The project is supported by the French Institute in Saint Petersburg. Selected participants will be given an opportunity to work with a renowned ensemble as well as take part in educational activities in the frames of Composition course (curator – composer Alexander Khubeev). VIII St. Petersburg International New Music Festival and III Composition Course will take place from May 21st to June 2nd, 2021.

The Festival is a point of intersection where the diverse world views of contemporary composers meet at a crossroads of musical paths that have emerged in the past few years. The festival offers various musical concepts that facilitate the learning and understanding of a new, unique musical language of numerous dialects created by late 20th century and 21st century composers.

The festival program has numerous highlights; instead of relying on the form of traditional concerts it will be additionally offering master classes, pre-rehearsal talks, scientific conference, forum, presentations, educational lectures and workshops. The concerts themselves are designed to be inherently educational. And an emphasis on chamber ensemble programming allows the opportunity to hear both young emerging groups and longtime leaders of the European contemporary music scene, provoking creative discussions and a mutual exchange of ideas in the artistic community.

All composers with Russian or French citizenship age 18 and over.

Entry fee

Application deadline
All applications must be submitted online no later than April 9 2021.

Submission guidelines
The jury will select up to 6 composers who will compose a new piece for Ensemble C Barré. Selected participants will be able to compose for full ensemble lineup (6 performers):

– Mandolin
– Classical guitar
– Harp
– Accordion
– Clarinet in B-flat
– Saxophone (alto)

The duration of the piece should be no longer than 6 minutes. Deadline to send the final score and parts is May 10 2021.

Composition Lab will take place during April and May and includes following online activities for each participant:

● 1 hour individual lesson with composer Raphael Cendo (France);
● 1 hour individual lesson with 1 other tutor of Composition Course;
● group meeting with Sébastien Boin, conductor of Ensemble C Barré;
● group meeting with musicians of Ensemble C Barré;
● individual meetings with musicians and discussions about extended techniques;
● 45-minutes presentation of participants’ work;
● several rehearsals of new piece;
● performance and presentation of new piece at the festival program.

Participants will also have access to all events and concerts of the Festival and Composition course.

Supplemental materials for application
In order to apply each composer should submit online the following materials:
● 2-3 scores (submitted electronically in .pdf format via Dropbox, Google Drive or similar);
● Recordings of 1-2 works (submitted electronically via Dropbox, Google Drive or similar);
● Biography and personal information.

Supported by


Oscar Bianchi

Oscar Bianchi

Pierluigi Billone

Pierluigi Billone

Raphaël Cendo

Raphaël Cendo

Klaus Lang

Klaus Lang

Sarah Nemtsov

Sarah Nemtsov

Sergej Newski

Sergej Newski

Stefan Prins

Stefan Prins

Alexander Radvilovich

Alexander Radvilovich


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