9th St. Petersburg International New Music Festival

From May 23 to June 7, 2022, the annual major forum of contemporary classical music under the direction of the artistic director and composer, Mehdi Hosseini will take place in Russia – the 9th St. Petersburg International New Music Festival. The two-week festival will present to the public more than 70 events that will take place at the best music venues in St. Petersburg, such as the Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall, the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater, the Grand Hall of the Philharmonia, the House of Radio, and other venues of the city. The festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Government of St. Petersburg.

The festival will present various musical directions embodying the variety of concepts and unique musical discourses created by composers of the late 20th – early 21st centuries. The St. Petersburg International New Music Festival is a unique event in the musical culture of Russia, which has no analogues. It covers various areas of modern academic music: experimental, electroacoustic, electronic music, multimedia projects, free improvisation, and others. The format of music presentation is not limited to traditional academic concerts, but involves performances and experimental shows.

The festival will feature concerts with the participation of musicians and ensembles specializing in the performance of new music, such as Studio for New Music Ensemble, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Vacuum Quartet, St. Petersburg Improvisation Orchestra, Kymatic Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet “SeVeR”, Vyacheslav Gaivoronsky (trumpet), Ulrike Brand (cello), Mikhail Krutik (violin), Yuri Dolgov (flute), Serafima Verkholat (saxophone), Artur Zobnin (violin), and many other participants of the festival.

The educational part of the festival of new music includes lectures, presentations, roundtable discussions, workshops, reading sessions, and meet-the-artist events. Within the framework of the festival, an educational project – Composition Courses (supervised by composer Aleksandr Khubeev) will be presented. This year, they will be held for the fourth time and, due to global events, will be carried out partly online. Within the framework of the creative laboratory, young authors from all over the world, selected by the jury, will have the opportunity to work with well-known invited performers and composers with a worldwide reputation. Lectures and individual classes with students will be conducted by recognized masters of composing art: Deqing Wen (China), Francesca Verunelli (Italy), Dmitry Kurlandsky (Russia), Michael Pelzel (Switzerland), Vladimir Rannev (Russia), Vladimir Tarnopolsky (Russia). During the festival, invited groups of musicians will perform compositions by participants of the Composition Courses.

For the first time, within the framework of the festival program, a course in improvisational music is opened (supervised by the pianist and conductor Dmitry Shubin). The educational process will include a series of lectures, workshops, and open concerts.

By tradition, various discussions will be held at the festival, where the following topics will be covered: New Music as a Form of Communication and New Music in Digital Format: in the Post-Pandemic Reality. Cultural figures, composers, music critics, and all interested listeners will be invited to participate.

Within the framework of the festival program, global and Russian premieres of works created in the XXI century will be presented. At the last festival, 108 premieres of composers from 36 countries of the world were presented.