New music festival will be held in the online format

16 June 2020

The VII Saint Petersburg international new music festival will be held from 3 to 9 July 2020 under the direction of composer Mehdi Hosseini. Organizer - Saint Petersburg Center for contemporary academic music

Due to the current situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), the main program of the festival will be presented in the form of live online broadcasts on the portal with free access of the public. festival covers various areas of modern academic music: experimental, electro-acoustic, electronic music, multimedia projects, free improvisation and others.

Saint Petersburg International Festival is the largest festival of new music in Russia. One of the main 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 compositions are selected so that, despite the complexity and originality of the musical language, no special training is required from the listener. The music presentation format is not limited to traditional academic concerts but involves performances and experimental performances.

Among the venues that annually host the festival are the Concert Hall of Mariinsky Theatre, the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, New Holland, Lumiere Hall creative space, Anikushin's Workshop, the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory and others.

The festival is presented by world-famous musicians, famous ensembles, both classical and experimental composition, specializing in the performance of new music.

This year musicians and groups such as: Les Percussions de Strasbourg participate (France), Lemniscate (Switzerland), Adapter (Germany), Moscow contemporary music ensemble (Russia), Trio SÆITENWIND (Switzerland), Mixed Sound Personnel (Germany), cellist Yulia Migunova (Russia) with a solo concert and others will take place.

As a part of VII festival will be held host the final of the IV International composers competition named after Sergei Slonimsky, where young composers are given the opportunity to hear their compositions performed by the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble. The scores of the winners will be published in

The educational unit of the new music festival includes lectures, presentations and creative meetings.

Within the framework of the festival, an educational project was presented for the second time — "Composer online courses" (curated by composer Alexander Khubeyev), which this year, in connection with world events, were held online from May 21 to June 1. This is a creative laboratory where young authors from all over the world selected by the jury are given the opportunity to work with well-known guest performers and world-famous composers. Lectures and individual classes with students were conducted by recognized masters of the composer art Oscar Bianchi (Switzerland), Joanna Bailey (Great Britain), Yuri Kasparov (Russia), Dmitry Kurlandsky (Russia) and Raphael Sendo (France). During seven days, invited groups will perform compositions by participants of the "Composing Courses" at the festival.

The festival program in addition to works by foreign authors will include premieres of works by Russian composers such as Vladimir Rannev, Yuri Kasparov, Dmitry Kurlandsky, Natalia Prokopenko, Arman Gushchyan, Yuri Akbalkan, Alexandra Korableva, Alexandra Filonenko, Svetlana Lavrova, Roman Parkhomenko, Daria zvezdina and others.

The festival is supported by the Government of Saint-Petersburg, the Committee on culture of Saint-Petersburg, the Swiss Council of culture Pro Helvetia, the French Institute, the Embassy of Switzerland in Russia, the General Consulate of Switzerland in Saint-Petersburg, the General Consulate of Germany in Saint-Petersburg, the General Consulate of Belgium in Saint-Petersburg and the Polish Institute in Saint-Petersburg.

For more information
click on a link of the festival's website.