Calls for Submissions

Call for Submissions: Composition Course

The Saint-Petersburg Contemporary Music Center «» announces the VI St. Petersburg International New Music Festival, taking place from May 20th — 26th, 2019. 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.

Within the framework of the 2019 festival, offers a composition course which will be held from May 17th — 26th in St. Petersburg, Russia. This creative composing lab is an exciting opportunity for young and emerging composers from around the world. Twenty-five composers will be selected through a portfolio application process to meet and work with honors composers and internationally-acclaimed ensembles invited to this year’s festival.

Selected composers will participate in the festival’s events, master classes, reading sessions and workshops, as well as receive a professional live recording of their work at one of the festival concerts. Participants will spend the day learning techniques, gaining ideas, and trying new things out with a focus on composing under direction esteemed faculty: Oscar Bianchi (Switzerland), Raphaël Cendo (France) and Vladimir Tarnopolsky (Russia).

The festival will be held in distinguished venues around the city, including the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater, the St. Petersburg State Philharmonic, Erarta Museum, Masterskaya M. K. Anikushina, St. John’s Church Jaani Kirik, and the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Internationally-renowned ensembles will be performing, such as the ensemble für neue musik zürich (Switzerland), Garage Ensemble (Germany), Chronos (Cyprus), Ensemble for New Music Tallinn (Estonia), Studio for New Music Ensemble (Russia), Makrokosmos Quartet (Switzerland), and more. The program of the festival consists exclusively of world premieres and Russian premieres, reaffirming St. Petersburg as a center of world culture, and strengthening its distinction as the cultural capital of Russia.

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