Performers of 9th International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky-city

Ulrike BRAND, cello (Germany)

Ulrike Brand, born in Germany, was introduced to contemporary cello-playing by Siegfried Palm. At the Music-High-School of Cologne she studied with Peter Eötvös, Mauricio Kagel and the Amadeus String-Quartet.
Since 1985 she has participated as a soloist in the major international festivals of contemporary music. In 1986 she settled in Italy, where in 1987 she initiated the festival of the Quaderni Perugini di Musica Contemporanea that she directed until 1997.
She has worked closely with John Cage, as well she has commissioned and premiered works by several younger composers. She realized radio broadcasting productions in Italy, Swiss, Germany, France, Uruguay and Norway. In improvised music she has played among many others  with Edwin Prévost, John Tilbury,  Robyn Schulkowsky, Joey Baron, Biliana Voutchkova, Matthias Bauer and Olaf Rupp.
Since 2017 she is Lecturer for Improvisation at the University of the Arts Berlin. In 2015 together with performer Tomomi Adachi, she has received a research grant by the Berliner Senat. In 2016 she received the artist-residence Schloss Wiepersdorf.
She i as well active as a curater of  concert series and interdisciplinary projects involving visual arts, dance, language and live electronics.
www.ulrikebrand-cello.com

Sergei Pashkevich, piano

Sergey Pashkevich was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1966. There he studied piano with professor Pavel Egorov and Vladimir Shakin at the conservatory. After completing his master’s degree, he went to the Sweelink conservatory in the Netherlands and studied with Professor Jan Wijn. After graduation, he has given numerous concerts throughout Europe and performed at least twice a year at the various podia in the Netherlands, where he has become a favourite and much admired and accomplished artist and musician. He has also participated in various music festivals, such as spring music festival in Budapest, Hungary. He has worked with many world conductors such as Ken Ichiro, Kobayashi, Jan Syulen, Edo De Waart, Golo Berg, Rashid Skuratov. In terms of personal honors, Pashkevich participated in the international competition held in Morcone, Italy, in the international competition held in Budapest, Hungary in 1991 and 1996, the William Kapell International competition in United States, and the Rachmaninoff International competition in Moscow. As an excellent Liszt intepreter, he won the First prize in the Third Liszt International Piano competition held in Utrecht, the Netherlands in 1992, the First prize in Wroclaw, Poland and the “Best Interpretation Award for Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody” in the international competition held in SaoPaolo, Brazil.

Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME)

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 organises 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 extensive and has included the premieres of almost 1000 different works.  MCME regularly performs in diverse locales across Russia (80 cities) and elsewhere in the world (28 countries). MCME has performed on the best concert stages, and taken part in some of 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), and “Tranasrt” (Italy).
MCME has recorded more than 50 CDs for leading CD labels, including Olympia (UK), Harmonia Mundi (France), Triton (Japan), Donemus (The Netherlands), and Fancymusic (Russia).
In 2009 MCME won the award ACTION in support of theatrical initiatives, and were awarded the GOLDEN MASK in 2013.

MCME:
Ivan Bushuev (flute)
Oleg Tantsov (clarinet)
Mikhail Dubov (piano)
Evgeny Subbotin (violin)
Ilia Rubinshtein (cello)
Yulia Migunova (cello)

Ivan BUSHUEV (flute)
Ivan Bushuev was born in Moscow in 26.11.1984. In 2002 graduated from the M.M.Ippolitov – Ivanov music college (the flute class) with a golden medal. At the same year won the 1st prize at the young talents competition of M.M. Ippolitov – Ivanov. In 1999 won chamber music competition in Moscow (Russia). In 2002 he has got the 2nd prize in the “Baroque Accademie” competition (Gmunden, Austria). In 2007 graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Department of Historical and Contemporary Performance, in the class of Olga Ivusheikova (modern and baroque flute). He teaches at the Moscow Conservatory (Ensemble and XXth century music history). Took part in such festivals as “December nights”, “DiagilevFest”, “Moscow Autumn”, “Dedication to Oleg Kogan” (Russia), “Oude Muziek”, “Gaudeaumus Music Week” (the Netherlands), “Maerzmusik” (Germany), “Klangspuren” (Austria), etc. Organizes his own projects and concerts, one of which was held with success in Moscow Conservatory in October 2005, was dedicated to Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu and included 9 Russian premieres. Six years ago Ivan Bushuev and Natalia Cherkasova (piano) created the duo and in 2006 won the prize for best performance of modern Dutch piece on the contemporary chamber music competition (Poland, Krakov). In 2007 Ivan Bushuev won scholarship “Fondazione Marco Fodella” and studied in Scuola Civico di Milano in class of Marcello Gatti (baroque flute), and took the lessons in Conservatorio di Verdi in class of Claudio Santambrogio (modern flute). Soloist of Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble since 2007. He also collaborates with baroque soloists orchestra «Pratum Integrum». In 2011, on “Caro Mitis” lable, in common with Olga Martinova (harpsichord) recorded 6 sonatas of Joseph Bodin de Boismortier for baroque flute and harpsichord. Collaborates with such composers and musicians as Beat Furrer, Tristan Murrai (France), Gerard Zinstag (Switzerland), Simone Fontanelli, Eva Furrer, Harrie Starreveld, Helen Bledsoe (Holland), Vladimir Tarnopolskiy, Mark Pekarskiy, Aleksei Lubimov (Russia) etc. Participated in master-classes given by Willbert Hazelzet, Jan de Winne, Cristian Gurtner, Benedek Csalog (baroque flute), A. Adorian, Allen Marion, Helen Bledsoe, Harrie Starreveld (modern flute). Appears on the stage as a soloist, ensemble and orchestral player in Russia and abroad. And gives a master classes both of modern and baroque flutes.

Oleg TANTSOV (clarinet)
Oleg Tantsov was born in 1957 in Moscow. He graduated from the Central Musical School, Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class by professor V.Petrov) and Post-Graduated Course of the Conservatory. O. Tantsov is a laureate of All-Russian and International Performing Competitions, since 1998 he is the Honored Artist of Russia.  He collaborated with TV and Radio State Symphonic Orchestra (conductor Maxim Schostakovich), State Cinema Symphony Orchestra, State Academic Symphonic Chapel (conductors Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Valery Polyansky). Since 1990 Oleg Tantsov is a soloist of Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble. He is a professor and chief of the Wind department the State Musical College under the Moscow Conservatory. Besides he has a Class of chamber music ensemble in Ippolitov-Ivanov Music-Pedagogical Institute, being there also a chief conductor of “Ensemble XX”. At the moment he is a chief of the Wind Department of the Central Music School (College) under Moscow Conservatory. As a soloist and chamber player Oleg Tantsov took part at the famous international contemporary music festivals such as “Gaudeamus Music Week” (Amsterdam), “Warsaw Autumn” (Poland), “Moscow Autumn” (Moscow), “Diaghilev Seasons” (Perm), “Radio France Presences” (Paris), “Tage fuer Neue Music Zurich” (Zurich), “Tokyo Summer Festival” (Tokyo), “MaerzMusik” (Berlin), “Klangspuren” (Innsbruck) and other. In 1997 he was invited as a soloist by “Ensemble Modern” for the special project (Frankfurt/Main, Berlin, Vienna). He was recorded by well-known international companies, Olympia (UK), Le Chant du Monde/Harmonia Mundi (France), Triton (Japan) are among them. A lot of Russian and foreign composers composed and dedicated their music to Oleg Tantsov. He was a first who initiated and performed in Russia premiers of Russian and foreign composers, for instance, “Echange” by Iannis Xenakis, “Amore” by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Sonata for clarinet and piano by Edison Denisov, etc. Oleg Tantsov gives a lot of time to teaching, research and methodical work. He created and published a lot of professional researches and books on execution of contemporary music for wind instruments, among them are “New directions for clarinet”, “New directions for flute” and others.

Mikhail DUBOV (piano, cembalo, organ) ­
Mikhail Dubov is a pianist and musicologist, a laureate of Seiler prize and Action premium. Graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky conservatory. Studied piano with prof. V. Gornostaeva, organ and cembalo with prof. A. Parshin. Defended Ph.D. thesis on Iannis Xenakis, now proceeding musical research. At present he is a professor of the Moscow conservatory (piano, ensemble and XXth century music history) and Ippolitov-Ivanov musical college, being there one of the founders of contemporary music chair. Mikhail Dubov became a member of the Moscow philharmonic ensemble “Old Music Academy” (leaded by Tatiana Grindenko) in 1992, where engaged in authentic performing of baroque masterpieces. Was invited for several programs by Jury Bashmet (“Moscow soloists”) and “Madrigal” ensemble. Since 1993 Mikhail Doubov is a soloist of the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble. As a soloists and chamber performer he played concerts and participated in festivals in many countries. He is the first performer of numerous works by Russian and foreign authors (up to the moment about 50 world premiers), including works by E. Denisov, D. Kurtag. Took part at dedicated concerts of I. Xenakis, H.-W. Henze, E. Denisov, T. Loevendie. Appeared at the most significant European new music festivals “Gaudeamus” (Amsterdam, 1995, 2001, 2003), “Warsaw autumn” (1997, 2004), “Maerzmusik” (Berlin, 2009) and others, at many of them as a constant participant. During a number of seasons have been performing series of XX century solo piano concert programs. Performed as soloist with well-known orchestras: “Ensemble Modern” from Frankfurt (cond. J. Nott), Moscow State academic symphony, St.-Petersburg Mariinsky orchestra (cond. J. Nozeda), Bolshoi TV and radio symphony, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, including Russian premieres of piano concerto “Synaphai” by Xenakis and Concerto pour four soloists and orchestra by Messian at the Bolshoi Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with conductor Daniel Kawka. Mikhail Dubov participated in more than 40 CD recordings at different labels: “Melodija” (Russia), “Olympia” (Great Britain), Publishing House  “Le Chant du Monde” (France), “Meldac” (Japan), “Megadisk” (Belgium), “Russian disc” etc., mostly with XX century music. Published about 20 works in Russian editions on such topics as Varese, Xenakis, Schostakovich, Denisov. Participated in a number of international conferences concerning contemporary music.
Mikhail Dubov – professor of Moscow State Conservatory, a dean of the Historical and Contemporary Performing Faculty

Evgeny SUBBOTIN (violin, viola)
Evgeny Subbotin – a violinist, violist, arranger, multi-instrumentalist. In 2005 he graduated with honors from the Moscow State Conservatory in the class of Professor A. B. Trostyansky. He is a laureate of International and all-Russian Violin Competitions, winner of the S. Rakhmaninov International Festival. In 2009 he organized the FX Quartet string quartet, the repertoire of which was based on the arrangements and author’s music of Eugeny. In the quartet he became the winner of the International Competition Usadba Jazz (2013) and the finalist of the TV project Quartet 4 * 4 on the State Russian channel “Culture” (2018). For 10 years he held the position of concertmaster of second violins group in the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra. As a concertmaster he also collaborated with different orchestras such as “Musica Viva” (under Alexander Rudin), “Questa Musica”, “MusicAeterna” (under Theodor Currentzis), Moscow Symphony Orchestra, “Four Seasons”, participated at the leading music festivals such as “Diaghilev Festival”, “Moscow Autumn”, “Viola in my Life”, etc. He actively promotes modern academic music and since 2017 he constantly collaborates with the MCME as a soloist. His partners in chamber ensembles were Alexander Rudin, Alexander Trostyansky, Arkady Shilkloper, Grigory Krotenko, Petr Aidu, Sergei Poltavsky and other leading musicians.

Ilya RUBINSHTEIN (cello)
Ilya Rubinshtein was born in Moscow in 1980. He graduated from the Moscow Gnessin School of Music (cello class of  T.I. Prohorova), and from the the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, class of A.I. Zagorinsky, V.A.Berlinskiy (quartet), O.I.Kondratyeva (chamber ensemble). During studying Ilya participated in many youth projects, including Russian-American Youth orchestra, «the Dutch Summer Academy» (Netherlands), and, as a member of a trio became a holder of the prize for the best performance of classics at the international competition in Caltanissetta (Italy). Ilya has completed a postgraduate course of the contemporary music faculty of the Moscow Conservatory.  2003-2013 Ilya is an artist of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia. Since 2011 Ilya is soloist of the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME). He is also one of founders and a soloist of the FX Quartet which specialized on contemporary and jazz music. As a soloist and a member of chamber ensemble Ilya Rubinshtein participated in many festivals such as “The Moscow Autumn”, “Media Festival on the Platform”, “Art-November” (Moscow), “Sound Ways” (Saint-Petersburg), “Stravisnky revisited” (Russia – Switzerland), “Gaudeamus Music Week”, “The Night of the Unexpected” (Utrect, Amsterdam, the Netherlands), “Schumanfest” (Dusseldorf, Germany) and others.  He teaches the cello solo and chamber ensemble at the International Young Composers Academy on Tchaikovsky city (Ural, Russia), the first performer of a number of works of contemporary composers among which are Alexei Sysoev, Vladimir Gorlinsky, Elena Rykova (Russia), Katharina Rosenberger, Roland Moser (Switzerland and other). Ilya is laureate of the international and Russia’s competitions, he got an awarded of the “Radio Orpheus” and “Manor Jazz festival” (Russia).

Yulia MIGUNOVA (cello)
Yulia Migunova was born in Nizhny Novgorod. She graduated from Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory in 2009 (class of cello of Vishniewsky P. D.). As a member of various ensembles she took part in master classes with such artists as specialist of authentic performance Christoph Meier, winner of Yuri Bashmet International Viola Competition Daniil Grishin, «Vermeer-Quartet», «Jerusalem-quartet», «Debussy-quartet». Since 2006 she is a member of Cantando string quartet, with which she became a winner of numerous international competitions and festivals in Russia, Germany, France, Greece, Serbia. In 2011 the quartet won the I All-Russian Music Competition in Moscow. Since 2011 Yulia (both as soloist and as a member of different ensembles) becomes an active participant of contemporary music festivals collaborating with soloists and composers from Russia, Ukraine, Poland, France, Spain, Austria, Denmark, Italy, Germany and others. In 2008-2013 – artist of the Chamber Orchestra “Soloists of Nizhny Novgorod”, from 2013 – soloist of the Nizhny Novgorod Rostropovich Philharmonics Symphony Orchestra. Since 2015 she is actively cooperating with Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Ensemble “Reheard”

Ensemble «Reheard» was formed in the course of the project «Gnesin Contemporary Music Week». Musicians perform pieces of contemporary composers and works, written in the XX century. Among the participants of «Reheard», there are students and graduates of the Moscow State Conservatory and the Gnessin Academy of Music.
During the last half a year the ensemble performed many times on different stages of Moscow. In the repertoire, there are works by Pierre Boulez, Tristan Murail, Edison Denisov, Enno Poppe, Dmitri Kourliandski, Klaus Lang. Musicians of «Reheard» took part in reading-session with composer Klaus Lang and in different master-classes with conductor Fedor Lednev, soloists of the Russian ensembles, particularly MCME and Studio for New Music.

Ensemble «Reheard»:
Aliona Taran (flute)
Andrey Jurgenssohn (clarinet)
Dmitry Batalov (piano)
Varvara Kosova (violin)
Maria Lubimova (cello)
Conductor – Elizaveta Korneeva

Besides the quintet, the ensemble includes percussion, viola, accordion, mandolin, and saxophone.

 

 

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