8th St. Petersburg International New Music Festival

  • Round table
  • Presentation
  • Discussions
  • Reports
  • Performances
  • Concerts
  • Lectures
  • Master classes
  • Press conference
  • Online Broadcasts
  • Panel Discussion

The Saint Petersburg Contemporary Music Center  announces the launch of the International New Music Forum within the framework of  St. Petersburg International New Music Festival, taking place from May 21st till June 2nd, 2021. The forum (curated by Dr. Lidia Ader) 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 be held in May from 22nd to 26th and due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the  program of the forum is going to be presented online and offline in Russian and English.

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. In a parallel strand we will consider 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:
Copyright societies – rules, regulations, types of work in terms of new music.
Online events and broadcasts: how to protect the group of authors and the organizer of the event from unplanned expenses.
●  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.
Online and offline: World changes.

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.

For questions and requests, please contact to Dr. Lidia Ader via below contact form.

To participate in the forum program, applications must be submit no later than 28 February 2021 via below section application form.


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 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 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.

One of the key ideas of the festival is to show the latest trends in the world of academic music. The program includes only world and Russian premieres of works created in recent decades. The music presentation format is not limited to traditional academic concerts and involves performances and experimental shows.


St. Petersburg Contemporary Music Center takes an active role in the organization of innovative projects and supports the promotion of new music. The Center is dedicated to building and educating a national and international community of composers, musicians, musicologists, and members of the public interested in learning more about contemporary music in Russia and new music as a whole. Additionally, its mission includes the support of composers and ensembles, music publishing, an academic research center, an online journal, and internet sites as well as the financial support of projects related to the sphere of new music in St. Petersburg.


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Lidia Ader

Dr. Lidia Ader

Curator of International New Music Forum

Musicologist, Senior Researcher at the N. Rimsky-Korsakov Memorial Apartment-Museum
Artistic Director at the Center for New Technology in the arts “Art-parkING”

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Ambassade de France en Russie