XXXI Sound Ways International New Music Festival

The international new music festival “Sound Waves” passed its 30th anniversary last year. Following the traditions of our concert programs dating back to 1989, we attentively follow innovations of the 21st century.

Sunday, 17 November 2019
Composer’s House Concert Hall

Festival opening
Concert – Marathon

Alexander NESTEROV (1949 — 2019)
In memoriam

The program:
Sonata for violin solo (1981)
Six preludes for piano (1969)
String quartet (1970)
Refractions for piano quintet (1972)

Alexandra Listova, piano

Mariinsky New Music Ensemble
Pavel Krasheninnikov, violin
Olesia Kryzhova, violin
Vartan Gnoro, viola
Fedor Kirillov, cello
Andrey Telkov, piano

Mariinsky New Music Ensemble was founded in 2016 by the composer and violinist of the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra Alexei Krasheninnikov. Over the past years, the ensemble has established itself as a highly professional collective, actively promoting the music of modern Russian and foreign composers. The ensemble gives concerts as part of its own subscription in the halls of the Mariinsky Theater and takes part in the St. Petersburg contemporary music festivals (“Sound Ways”, “Musical Spring in St. Petersburg”, etc.).


Russia – Denmark

The program:
Hans ABRACHAMSEN (*1952)
Schneebilder (Russian Premiere, 2013)
for violin, viola, cello and piano

Mikhail KRUTIK (*1980)
Stratosphere (2014)
for violin, viola, cello and piano

Elena FIRSOVA (*1950)
Seasons, piano quartet # 2 (Russian Premiere, 2019)

Dmitri SMIRNOV (*1948)
…to be or not to be… (Russian Premiere, 2019)
for violin, viola, cello and piano

Poul RUDERS (* 1949)
Piano quartet (Russian Premiere, 2016)

Rudersdal Chamber Players (Denmark)
Christine Pryn, violin
Mina Fred, viola
John Ehde, cello
Manuel Esperilla, piano

Rudersdal Chamber Players
It was the internationally acclaimed composer Lera Auerbach, who had the idea for Rudersdal Chamber Players. She was featured composer at Rudersdal Sommerkoncerter 2017 and felt enthusiastic about the programming and the atmosphere. In order for the festival to reach new heights, she suggested forming a flexible ensemble in residence consisting of dedicated chamber musicians. Besides Rudersdal Sommerkoncerter, the Chamber Players have performed at important Danish festivals such as Sorø International Music Festival and Golden Days Festival as well as in chamber music societies and churches. In November Rudersdal Chamber Players are touring in Russia and will play the opening concert at the Sound Ways Festival. Furthermore tours in Poland, Norway and the USA are in the planning. The musicians are keen on interdisciplinary projects of relevance to society, and currently they are working on a 4-year interdisciplinary project combining music, art, science and history. This interest has also led to a performance at Copenhagen Art Week and the recording of a musical birthday greeting for Lech Walesa In August 2018 Rudersdal Chamber Players played works by the world famous Giya Kancheli, who expressed his admiration: ”Rudersdal Chamber Players is an outstanding ensemble. All members are first class instrumen-talists with a responsive attitude and a deep understanding of the musical material. This is the chamber music making at very high level.”

The vision unlimited is the most defining word describing Rudersdal Chamber Players:
– Unlimited in creativity – because they are devoted to convey the music in new ways doing interdisciplinary projects with visual artists, journalists, historians, etc;
– Unlimited in sound – because the ensemble can be transformed to larger or smaller groups of various instruments;
– Unlimited in expression – because they play anything from baroque to romantics and contemporary music.


George CRUMB (1929 — 2019)
To 90th Anniversary

Leonid REZETDINOV (*1961)
Cosmos of Crumb (World Premiere, 2019)
for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano
Dedicated to George Crumb
1. The Magic Circle of Infinity (Moto Perpetuo)
2. Crucifixus (Symbol)
3. Spring-Fire
4. Dream Images (Love-Death Music)

George CRUMB (*1929)
Eleven Echoes of Autumn (1966)
for alt flute, clarinet, violin and piano

Eine kleine Mitternachtmusik
for amplified piano (2001)

Aleksey Glazkov, piano

Ensemble Sound Ways:
Taiana Rezetdinova, flute
Alexandef Oskolkov, clarinet
Alexander Danilevski, violin
Elena Grigorijeva, cello
Nikolay Mazhara, piano

Ensemble of New Music “Sound Ways” was founded in St. Petersburg in 1994 to perform works by contemporary Russian and foreign composers. Over the years, the ensemble has performed in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Ukraine, Mongolia, Finland, Estonia, it is a regular participant in the festivals Sound Ways and Musical Spring in St. Petersburg and has recently been functioning as a festival ensemble. The basic of ensemble – flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano, if necessary, is replenished with additional musicians. The ensemble collaborated with conductors B. Kawier (USA), F. Panisello (Spain), M. Valkov (St. Petersburg). The artistic director of the ensemble is Alexander Radvilovich.

Monday, 18 November 2019
St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Hall

The program:

Alexander RADVILOVICH (*1955)
Alp Requiem (2017)
for amplified vocal quartet, piano and percussion

Anatoly KOROLIOV (*1949)
School for Fools (2004)
four monologues for soloists and ensemble on the text by Sasha Sokolov

Irina Andriakova, soprano
Yuri Vassiliev, tenor
Andrey Mikheyev, bariton
Andrei Udalov, bass

Vocal Quartet of Content Ensemble:
Irina Mikhailova, soprano
Mary Cheminava, alt
Vladislav Starikov, tenor
Lev Zhifarski, basso

MolOt Ensemble St.Petersburg:
Arthur Zobnin, violin
Alisa Fiodorova, violin
Filipp Buin, viola
Nikita Korzukhin, cello
Aleksey Glazkov, piano
Arkady Steinlicht: Conductor

Petersburg MolOt-ensemble was created in 2012 as a team of the Youth branch of the Union of Composers of the Russian Federation. Specializes in the performance of music of the second half of the XX – XXI centuries. The ensemble’s priority area is the performance of music by young Russian composers.

During its existence, the ensemble took part in the festivals “From the avant-garde to the present day”, “Sound paths”, “Fin de siecle”, “World of sound. Microtone innovations”, “Blurred edges” (Hamburg, Germany) and others. For the first time in St. Petersburg he performed more than 100 works by contemporary Russian and foreign authors, took part in a master class of the German new music ensemble “Recherche Freiburg” (as part of the festival “Art Square”).
he team played at many prestigious venues in St. Petersburg: Big Philharmonic Hall named after Shostakovich, Small Philharmonic Hall named after Glinka, the Small Hall of the St. Petersburg Conservatory named after Glazunov, New stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater, Yaani-Kirik Concert Hall, Prokofiev Hall of the Mariinsky Theater, Concert Hall of Composers House, etc. The ensemble is one of the basic groups of the International MolOt Festival.

MolOt ensemble toured in Germany, Norway, Poland, Finland, Moldova and Estonia, presenting to the foreign public the works of contemporary Russian composers. An important part of the ensemble’s activities is touring in Russian cities and educational programs. The ensemble performed in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Makhachkala.

In February 2017, the team took part in the recording of the “Anthology of the Music of Young Composers of Russia”. The disc of the MolOt ensemble contains the works of composers from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod and Rostov-on-Don.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019
Composer’s House Concert Hall

Multimedia concert

The program:

Valeria KUKHTA (*1994)
Recycling (Premier, 2019)
for violin, saxophone, trumpet and video
Video art – Ayur Khaltuyev

Svetlana LAVROVA (*1970)
Raccolta differenziata separata (Premier, 2019)
for saxophone, trumpet, violin, accordion, objects and video
Video painter – Anastassia Karpekina

Alexander MANOTSKOV (*1972)
Tres memorias
for two violins

Elena IGOTTI (*1968)
Genesis (Premier, 2019)
for three performers and video
Video painter – Yuri Elik

Oleg GUDACHIOV (*1988)
Cordes of Saturn
for ensemble and video installation (2018)
Video art – Alina Fedotova

{instead} ensemble:
Oleg Gudachiov, saxophon
Dmitri Ludinovski, trumpet and percussion
Elena Kozlova-Gatovskaya, violin and cello
Anastassia Tsukanova, violin and bass guitar
Vassilisa Filatova, viola
Vladimir Rozanov, accordion
Artistic Director: Oleg Gudachiov

{instead} ensemble was founded in St. Petersburg in 2016. Three main lines developed by the ensemble: search and performance of new music; performance of compositions mainly of the second half of the 20th century; practice of collective improvisation. The ensemble is a participant in concerts within the framework of SoundArtLab of the Baltic Branch of the NCCA (2016-2017), the V St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum, Musical Evenings at the Academy of Arts (St. Petersburg, 2016), Hamburg – Sankt-Petersburg Musikalische Partnerschaft (Hamburg, 2017), Museum Night (Kaliningrad, 2017), the International Forum of Spanish Culture Música Ibérica (Moscow, 2017), the International Festival of New Music “Sound Ways” (St. Petersburg, 2017, 2018).

Concerts {instead} ensemble took place in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kaliningrad Minsk, Gdansk, Hamburg. The ensemble performed in joint concerts with the Membranoids and the soloists of the ensemble barockwerk hamburg. As part of the St. Petersburg Orchestra of Improvisations, the ensemble participated in the performance of “Spatial Composition 3” by V. Gorlinsky (2016).

Wednesday, 20 November 2019
Composer’s House Concert Hall

Piano Miniature Evening
Dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Sergey Prokofiev’s opera “Love for Three Oranges”
and premieres of the opera “A Woman Without a Shadow” by Richard Strauss

The program:

Sergei SLONIMSKY (*1932)
Two Visions Fugitives (2018)

Sergei OSKOLKOV (*1952)
Three in One (Premier, 2019)

Elena IGOTTI (*1968)
Orange for Cavalier (Premier, 2019)

Aleksey MYLNIKOV (*1955)
Paraphrase on the Fantasy for R. Strauss’s opera “A Woman Without a Shadow” (Premier, 2019)

Svetlana LAVROVA (*1970)
Beyond the Shadow (Premier, 2019)

Piotr IVANOV (*1992)
Love and Sympathy for Three Composers Without a Shadow of Talent (Premier, 2019)

Nikolay MAZHARA (*1977)
Three Shadows (Premier, 2019)

Anton TANONOV (*1977)
Deja vu (Premier, 2019)

Nina SINIAKOVA (*1974)
Im Schatten des Lichts (Premier, 2019)

Franz Jochen HERFERT (*1955)
Valley of Silence (Premier, 2019)

Donat SAYKOV (*1988)
Hints (Premier, 2019)

Victoria GOVEYNOVICH (*1992)
Dreams of Tartaglia (Premier, 2019)

Sergei OSKOLKOV Jr (*1987)
Composition in the Form of an Orange (Premier, 2019)

Ivan ALEXANDROV (*1987)
Intermezzo of a Silent Woman Without a Shadow

Pianists: Nikolai Mazhara, Sergei Oskolkov, Alexandra Listova, Ivan Alexandrov,
Franz Jochen Herfert, Anton Tanonov, Sergei Oskolkov Jr and Donat Saykov.

Thursday, 21 November 2019
Composer’s House Concert Hall

The program:

Thomas Jefferson ANDERSON (*1928)
Echoes (Russian Premiere, 1962-1963)
for oboe and bassoon

Igor DRUKH (*1966)
Cassation (Premier, 2019)
for oboe and piano

Franz Jochen HERFERT (*1955)
Nosbah (Premiere of the new version, 1993-84/2018)
for bassoon solo

Ernst Helmuth FLAMMER (*1949)
Passacaglia brevis (1988)
for piano

Wilfried KRAETZSCHMAR (*1944)
Satire (Russian Premiere, 1974)
for bassoon and piano

Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN (1928-2007)
Glueck (Russian Premiere, 2004-2007)
for oboe, english horn and bassoon
from the cycle Klang / Sound


International Music Ensemble Augsburg:
Sara Yago Mut, oboe
Eva Lavrinovich, english horn
Jakob Steinsieck, bassoon
Shenglong Li, piano
Franz Jochen Herfert, piano and electronic

International Music Ensemble Augsburg was founded in 2010 by composer Franz Jochen Herfert to perform contemporary music. The members of the collective are graduate students of Hochschule für Musik Augsburg not only from Germany, but from various countries and continents, hence the name of the ensemble, which has a variable composition, uniting from several instrumentalists to 20-30 solo musicians depending on the program. In addition to Augsburg, the group performs with concerts in Munich, Stuttgart, Tübingen, Berlin and other German cities.

Friday, November 22, 2019
Composer’s House Concert Hall

Dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Mikhail Bialik

The program:

Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-1998)
Five Aphorisms for piano (1990)

Galina USTVOLSKAYA (1919-2006)
Twelve Preludes for piano (1953)

Valery ARZOUMANOV (*1944)
Two Preludes and Fugues (Russian Premiere, 2011-2012)
from First Band Preludes and Fugues for piano
Dedicated to Mikhail Bialik

Boris TISHCHENKO (1939-2010)
Sonata for piano # 6 (1975)
Dedicated to Mikhail Bialik

Sergey Oskolkov Jr, piano
Mikhail Dubov, piano

Saturday, 23 November 2019
St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Hall

Vortex Temporum

The program:

Edison DENISSOV (1929-1996)
Two compositions (1996)
for bass clarinet and cello

Helmut LACHENMANN (*1935)
Five Variations based upon a Theme by Franz Schubert (1956)
for piano

Salvatore SHARINO (*1947)
l’orizzonte luminoso di Aton (1990)
for flute solo

Gerard ZINSTTAG (*1941)
Tempor (1991-1992)
for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano

Gerard GRISEY (1948-1998)
Vortex temporum (1994-1996)
for piano and five instruments


Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble:
Ivan Bushuyev, flute
Oleg Tantsov, clarinet
Evgeny Subbotin, violin
Sergey Poltavski, viola
Ilia Rubinstein, cello
Mikhail Dubov, piano

Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME) was founded in 1990 by Yuri Kasparov, under the patronage of the famous Russian composer Edison Denisov. The ensemble focuses on promoting 20th and 21st century music. It is Russia’s foremost contemporary chamber ensemble and consists of some of the best Russian musicians specializing in modern music.

MCME has strong educational goals and works closely with both Russian and international cultural foundations to bring contemporary music to a wide range of audiences. As part of this goal, MCME has organized the annual fortnight International Young Composers Academy (Tchaikovsky City, Ural) to bring together both young composers and internationally recognized composers in workshops.

The ensemble’s repertoire is quite extensive and has included the premiere of almost 1000 different works. Particularly, they champion the music of Russian composers of the 1920’s such as Nikolai Roslavets and Alexander Mosolov. Additionally, they regularly perform music by “Shestidesyatniki” (1960’s Russian) composers (Edison Denisov, Alfred Schnitke, Sofia Gubaidulina, etc). MCME regularly performs in many diverse locales across Russia (80 cities) and elsewhere in the world (28 countries). MCME performed on the best concert stages, took part in the biggest international festivals such as “Moscow Biennale for Contemporary Art”, “DiaghilevFest” (Russia, Perm), “Radio-France presences” (Paris), “FrankfurtFest”, “Maerzmusik-Berlinerfesrspiele” (Germany), “Gaudeamus music week”, “The Night of the Unexpected” (the Netherlands), “Warsaw Autumn” (Poland), “Klangspuren” (Austria), “Tranasrt” (Italy) and other.

MCME has collaborated with the leading composers of the world, Iannis Xenakis, György Kurtág, Frederic Rzewski, Louis Andriessen, Beat Furrer, Klaus Lang, Philippe Leroix, Mark Andre, Enno Poppe are among them. MCME has recorded more than 50 CDs for leading CD labels, including Olympia (UK), Harmonia Mundi (France), Triton (Japan), Donemus (The Netherlands), Fancymusic (Russia), etc.

Each season MCME gives around 70 concerts in Russia and abroad. The special place in repertoire is allocated for music of young Russian and foreign composers. The ensemble also takes active part in the international multimedia and theatrical projects. In 2009 MCME became the winner of the Award ACTION in support of theatrical initiatives. In 2013 MCME got the Award GOLDEN MASK.

Sunday, 24 November 2019
St. Stanislav Church

Choral madrigals

The program:

Carlo GESUALDO di VENOSA (1560-1613)
Three madrigals

Michael FINNISSI (*1946)
Gesualdo: Libro sesto (Russian Premiere, 2012-2013)
three madrigals

Gyorgy LIGETI (1923-2006)
Alphabet (Russian Premiere, 1988-1993)
from cycle Nonsense Madrigals for six male voices

Alexander POPOV (*1957)
Sator (Premier, 2019)
sequenza for choir

Salvatore SHARINO (*1947)
Quante isole! (Russian Premiere, 2007)
Rosso, cossi rosso
from 12 madrigals for chamber choir

Sergey LEONOV (*1994)
r/place (2018)
for choir ensemble


Content Ensemble
Artistic Director: Segey Leonov
Conductor: Mary Cheminava

Content ensemble was founded in 2018 at the initiative of Petersburg choir students. The life of the ensemble began with the recording of the play by Sergey Leonov r / place. The ensemble consists of 16 people, but varies depending on the project – flesh to a quartet. The participants are students of the Conservatory who are interested in modern culture. The name Content-ensemble shows openness to any musical “content” and at the same time refers to our first project related to Internet culture. In addition, “content” is translated as “content”, which ideologically corresponds to the main goal of the ensemble – not a superficial, but thoughtful acquaintance with modern music (through its performance).