Russian Union of Composers will hold educational courses for authors in six cities

Russian Union of Composers will hold educational courses entitled “Composer Readings” for young authors in six cities – Moscow, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Rostov-on-Don and Nizhny Novgorod.

“Composer Readings” won the competition of long-term projects of the Fund of Presidential Grants. The project also includes a series of concerts with the participation of the Moscow Ensemble of Contemporary Music (MECM).

Each educational session lasts four days, in its framework there are lectures and individual lessons with composers-curators, as well as the “Readings” with MECM. After graduation, the authors modify their compositions taking into account the comments of curators and performers, following the results of the “Readings”, several students are invited to participate in the International Academy of Young Composers in Tchaikovsky town, and their works can be published by “Composer” Publishing House and performed in MECM concert programs.

Karina Abramyan, CEO at Russian Union of Composers, Executive Secretary of the Council of Russian Organization for Intellectual Property (VOIS), noted that until recently there were no such short educational programs in the field of academic music in Russia.

She said that for the first time the Union of Composers held “Readings” in 2018 in Moscow, at which Dmitry Kurlyandsky, Nastasya Khrushcheva and Yuri Vorontsov became curators. In 2019, the project was implemented in Kazan, where curators were Alexander Khubeev, Nikolai Khrust, Elmir Nizamov, Sergey Nevsky, Alexander Radvilovich and Kuzma Bodrov.

According to Karina Abramyan, without the support of the Presidential Grants Fund, it would be quite difficult for the Union of Composers to cover the regions.

“Thanks to the grant, young musicians and volunteers from Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don will be able to participate in the Readings,” she said.

The “Composer Readings” will end every year with a concert in Moscow. A concert recording will take place in the capital, where the compositions of all six “Readings” will be performed, and a digital release will be published by “Melodiya” company.