9th International Academy for Young Composers

Centre for New Music Initiatives (CNMI), Moscow, Russia

The annual International Academy for Young Composers is the leading academy in Russia for young international composers, artists, critics, journalists, managers as well as non-professionals, consisting of masterclasses, lectures, presentations and concerts. Each year, more than 100 participants from all over the world meet in Tchaikovsky, a town named after the composer of the same name. The best works of the scholarship-holders are then published by the renowned Dutch publisher, Donemus. Davo van Persen, director of the publishing house, likewise attends the academy, which has as its primary objective to bring the expertise of leading European artists and cultural institutions in Russia together to enable an exchange of ideas between composers and artists from Russia and further afield.

The 9th International Academy for Young Composers 2019, organised by the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME) and Dmitri Kourliandski, takes place from the 29th August until the 20th September in Tchaikovsky, Perm and Moscow. A panel of internationally renowned composers – including James Saunders (UK), Enno Poppe (Germany), Yann Robin (France), Dieter Ammann (Switzerland) as well as guest composers Jana Andreevska (Macedonia), Deqing Wen (China/Switzerland) and Sergei Newski (Germany/Russia) – makes the quality of the musicianship in attendance clear. The artistic director of the academy, the composer Dmitri Kourliandski from Moscow, and his deputy Alexander Khubeev (Perm) will also offer masterclasses. The selected young composers will be able to work on new compositions under the tutorage of experienced colleagues, which will then be performed in presentation concerts in Tchaikovsky, Perm (in collaboration with the city’s opera and ballet theatre) and in Moscow (together with the Moscow Philharmonic). Parallel to the composition lessons, the soloists of the MCME will offer solo and ensemble courses for young Russian musicians in order to perfect the contemporary programme for the subsequent concerts. Within the Academy, an educational programme for children and non-professionals will be offered, along with courses for professional musicians and teachers working in Russia. Lectures by national and international musicians and journalists – Tamsin Alexander (UK), Leila Monasypova (Kazan, Russia), Alexei Munipov (Moscow, Russia), Xenia Anufrieva (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia) amongst others – appeal to a broad public. The growing number of participants shows the interest in the academy, as supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

August 29 – September 20, 2019
Tchaikovsky, Perm, Moscow, Russia

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