Dmitri Kourliandski (Moscow), сomposer, artistic director of the Academy
Born 1976 in Moscow. Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory and completed post-graduate course led by Leonid Bobylev. Attended master classes given by many Russian and foreign composers. Compositions won awards in Russia, France and Great Britain. In 2003 he won the Grand Prix of the International Gaudeamus Competition in the Netherlands. In 2010 – Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award (Switzerland). Guest of the Berliner Kuenstlerprogramm 2008.Ensemble 2e2m (France) composer-in-residence 2010.Winner of 2011 Johann Joseph Fux opera composition competition (Austria). Dmitri Kourliandski’s music is regularly played in concerts and at festivals held in many Russian cities, CIS, Argentina, Australia, Austria (Klangspuren, Aspekte Festival), Belgium (Music@venture), Canada, China, Italy (Venice biennale, Transart), Finland (Musica nova, Time of Music), France (Music Strasbourg), Germany (Donaueschingen, Dresden festival, MaerzMusik, Schleswig-Holstein and others), Great Britain (Huddersfield, Oxford),Greece (Athens festival),Japan, the Netherlands (Gaudeamus), Poland (Warsaw autumn), Serbia, Spain, Sweden (ISCM World music days), Switzerland (Archipel), and is broadcast worldwide. Dmitri Kourliandski worked with such conductors as Teodor Currentzis, Reinbert de Leeuw, Roland Kluttig, Pierre Roullier, Zsolt Nagy, Jurjen Hempel, Giorgio Bernasconi and others. His compositions were played by many Russian and European orchestras and ensembles, such as SWR orchestra, MusicAeterna, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Yekaterinburg philharmonic orchestra, J.Futura orchestra, Tatiana Grindenko and Opus Posth, KlangForum Wien, ASKO and Schoenberg ensembles, InterContemporain, 2E2M, L’Itineraire, Contrechamps, Elision, KNM, Aleph, Slagwerkgroep den Haag, Champ d’action, Kairos quartet, Sonar quartet, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, eNsemble, Studio for New Music and many others. He has received commissions from many Russian and European festivals, ensembles and foundations.
Victoria Korshunova (Moscow), musicologist, general manager of the Academy, general manager of MCME
Victoria Korshunova was born in Volgograd, Russia. In 1986 graduated from Theory-Composition faculty of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, in 1989 graduated from post-graduated course of Moscow Conservatory (dissertation is “The Heuristic problems of the Russian contemporary music).In 1990 – 1994 she was an assistant of Edison Denisov and scientific secretary of the Russian Association for Contemporary Music – ACM (president was Edison Denisov) and worked at the Russian Composers Union. Since 1991 till the present time she is a general manager and director of the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble – MCME. Since 2004 she is a director of the ISCM – Russian section. She is also a founder and a general director of Centre for New Music Initiatives (from 2009). Since 2010 Victoria Korshunova together with Russian composers Dmitry Kourliandski founded the International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky city (Ural, Russia), being its general manager. In 1994 Victoria Korshunova received a Grant from Japan Foundation of Ministry of Foreign Affairs for cycle of lectures dedicated to the Russian contemporary music. She has written a lot of scientist researches and articles as well as a critics, interview and announcements devoted to the international and Russian contemporary music (more than 200 items). Her main activity is a promotion of contemporary music in Russia and abroad. She organized a lot of international contemporary music projects, among which are “All-Russian concert series CONTEMPORARY MUSIC” which took place in 85 Russian cities, Finnish-Russian festivals “Together!” (10 Russian cities), “Russia – the Netherlands. Music parallels” (20 Russian cities) , “California Contemporary” (Moscow), “Premieres by young Russian composers abroad” (the Netherlands, Germany, Cyprus, Macedonia, Italy, etc), multimedia project “Light – Symbol – Sound” (Moscow), “RE:Construction” (Moscow, Saint-Petersburg) and many others. Each year together with the partner from many countries she organizes more than 30 international music project.
Alexander Khubeev (Perm), composer, vice-director of the Academy
Alexander Khubeev was born in 1986 in city Perm (Russia). He graduated from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 2011, finished post-graduate studies in 2014 (class of composition of Yuri Kasparov, class of electronic composition of Igor Kefalidis). Alexander Khubeev won awards in Argentina, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, USA. In 2014 he received scholarship of Darmstadt Courses, in 2015 he became Gaudeamus prize winner in Netherlands. His music is played in concerts held in Austria, Argentina, Armenia, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, UK, Ukraine, USA on such festivals as “Venice Biennale”, “Darmstadt Ferienkurse”, “MATA”, “Quandensprunge”, “Gaudeamus Musicweek”, “Transit Festival”, “Pharos International Contemporary Music Festival”, “Moscow Forum”, “Diaghilev Festival”, ”Moscow Autumn” and many others. His compositions were played by such ensembles as Nadar, Slagwerk den Haag, Blackpage Orchestra, Insomnio, Uusinta, Vortex, Aleph, ExNovo, Vertixe Sonora, IEMA, Illinois Modern Ensemble, DAMUS, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, The Studio for New Music Ensemble, Percussion ensemble of Mark Pekarsky, GAM-ensemble, eNsemble, string quartet “Cantando”. Composer in residence of GAM-ensemble in 2011. Member of Russian Composer’s Union.
Olga Sinitskaya (Tchaikovsky), director of “The Tchaikovsky Centre for Culture Development”, executive director of the Academy
Olga Sinitskaya graduated from Perm State Culture Institute. Since 2007 she is a head of “The Tchaikovsky Municipal Centre for Developing Art”. She organized lot of the projects, among them are “The Amateur Orchestra Competition”, “Kabalevsky Youth and Children Art Festival”, “Our Perm Region”, “All-Russia’s Children Festival-Contest”, International Competition “Dedication to Piotr Tchaikovsky”, International Young Composers Academy and others. Olga Sinitskaya promotes the new technologies in culture, the new social initiatives, new educational projects. One of the latest interesting and perspective ideas is organizing of the Art-Centre “Composer Box”, a place of different cultural events in Tchaikovsky-city. In 2018 “The Tchaikovsky Municipal Centre for Developing Art” won a grant from Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation for a project “Tchaikovsky is a City for Composers. Olga initiates several international projects, she headed a delegation of pupils and teachers of the Tchaikovsky musical schools for participation at the musical-educational camps in Laxti (Finland, 2016). She has several prizes and got a medal “Honorary worker of culture”.
Nikolai Khrust (Moscow), composer, curator of electro-acoustic programs
Nikolay Khrust (1982, Moscow): composer, sound designer, Ph. D., lecturer of Moscow Conservatory. He graduated Moscow Conservatory and its post graduate classes as a composer (professor Vladimir Tarnopolski). Khrust attended Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt (twice), Impuls courses in Graz and many master-classes with well-known composers (such as Beat Furrer and Georg Friedrich Haas) and interpreters. Khrust is a laureate of international and All-Russian contests, such as ‘Open Space’ (2018, I prize), III and IV Jurgenson International Competition, Radio Orpheus Competition (I prize). He was elected for 6th International Forum for Young Composers of Ensemble Aleph and for VIII International young Composers Academy in Tchaikovski city as a student. Khrust’s music has been performed in Moscow, S.-Petersburg, Venice (Venice Biennale), Paris, Berlin (Konzerthaus), Vienna, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Kiev, Basel, Riga, Nice, Lyon, the Hague, Darmstadt, Rostov-on-Don, Kiel, Turin, Krakow, Nijmegen, Zürich, Thessaloniki, Appeldoorn, and other world cities by such ensembles as Studio for New Music Moscow, MCME, eNsemble Pro Arte, de Ereprijs, Reconsil, Aleph, Nostri Temporis, UMS-n-JIP, Xenia Quartet, KlangNetz, musicians of Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain (Fabrice Junger, Yi-Ping Yang) and MusikFabrik (Helen Bledsoe), Michele Marelli, and also by Russian Philharmonic and Orpheus Radio symphony orchestras (Moscow), Smolny Cathedral Choire etc. Khrust was a composer in residence in electroacoustic centres GRAME (Lyon) and CIRM (Nice). Nikolay Khrust is an author and co-author of multimedia and multi-art projects. Sound installations made by Khrust in collaboration with Anna Koleychuk, Vyacheslav Koleychuk, Dmitry Kawarga have been presented in Moscow, Zagreb, Heidelberg, Granada, Linz (the last work is a sound-light ‘eternal’ algorithmic composition commissioned by ‘Garage’ Museum for Vyacheslav Koleychuk’s ‘Atom’ public installation, exposing now in Gorky Park Moscow). As a computer music designer and performer he worked with such musicians as conductor Theodor Currentzis, Studio for New Music Moscow, MCME etc. and appeared in Russia and abroad in this quality. Khrust is an author of scientific papers on extended techniques of playing musical instruments, contemporary notation, musical phaenomenology. Khrust also acts as a popularizer of contemporary music and curator: he makes reports, reads public lectures, gives master-classes in different venues such as ‘Garage’ Museum for Contemporary Art, Meyerhold Centre Moscow, Moscow Conservatory, Kyiv Music Academy, Science Festival (MSU), “Reading for composers” in Kazan etc.
Xenia Anufrieva (Nizhny Novgorod), musicologist, curator of the Refreshes Courses of the Academy
Xenia Anufrieva – Candidate of Art Criticism, senior researcher in the National Centre for Contemporary Arts Volga branch (Nizhny Novgorod). Musicologist, teaching in Nizhny Novgorod musical college. Graduated from the Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory and the program “Cultural Journalism” in ProArte Institute (St. Petersburg). Project manager in the field of contemporary music, the author of the project “CM-21.” Curator of the project “Opera MAREVO” (national award for contemporary art “Innovation” in 2013).
Vasilisa Filatova (Moscow), sociologist, coordinator of the Academy
Vasilisa Filatova, social anthropologist, human ethologist, musician. Born in Sevastopol in 1993, lives in Moscow. Graduated Russian State University for the Humanities (2015). Participated in several sociolinguistic and anthropological expeditions to Western Siberia (to Selkup and Evenk villages), to South-East India and various small towns in Russia. Currently works on Ph.D. and various interdisciplinary research projects at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology and Institute of Developmental Biology of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Research interests: anthropology of time, human ethology, anthropology of emotions, boredom, fatigue, evolutionary psychology, aggressive behavior, school bullying. Since 2014 is an active member of Moscow experimental and alternative music scene. Performed ensemble and solo pieces by Cornelius Cardew, Antoine Beuger, Kirill Shirokov, Sergey Zagniy, Daniil Pilchen, Alexey Sysoev, Darya Zvezdina, Dmitri Kourlyandsky, Vladimir Gorlinsky, Nam June Paik, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, and others. As an improviser and performer took part in various theatre, dance, music, and interdisciplinary projects (“Golden Ass” by Boris Youkhananov, “Elegy” by Olga Tsvetkova, “Connection” by Sasha Elina, “Yellow Dress” by Kanako Suzuki, festivals “Discontext” and “Richterfest” and others). Member of šs duo (with Darya Zvezdina).
Maria Sadurdinova, pianist, coordinator of the Academy
Graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory (2012), the Faculty of historical and contemporary performing arts (piano), principal teacher Mikhail Dubov, (teacher by harpsichord and hammerklavier Alexey Shevchenko). Also, completed postgraduate studies at the contemporary music department of the Moscow State Conservatory (2015). In 2016 defended postgraduate work «Henry Cowell and his book New Musical Resources». 2013 – participant of the «International Ensemble Modern Academy» at Klangspuren Schwaz, Austria. 2014 – participant of the ensemble «Bang on a Can» (USA), the Institute of Contemporary Academic Music in Moscow. 2018 – participant of the Darmstadt Summer Course (Piano studio by Nicolas Hodges and workshop Composing for piano by Brian Ferneyhough & Nicolas Hodges). Since 2011 Maria participates and performes at the International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky city, also as a soloist of MCME (Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble). She participated at the festivals: «Russian-France-Musical Dialogue» (2013), Diagilev Festival (Perm) the Vladimir Jurowski’s Festival «Another Space» (2016), and others. Winner of 15th Piano Competition «Piano in Jazz» (nomination of contemporary music), 2018. Rarticipant of 13th Concours International Piano d’Orleans, 2018. Cooperated with the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME), «Opus-Post» (2013, 2018). «Questa Musica». She is the first performer of several works by Russian and foreign composers (Yoav Levy, A.Khubeev, B.Filanovsky and others). Maria is a participant of MCME projects from 2013 to now days.
Dmitry Mazurov, composer, video-blog of the Academy
(1982, Russia) – composer and video artist residing in Moscow, Russia. He works in the field of electronic music, contemporary chamber music and movie soundtracks. His music can be described as mutated fusion of organic and technogenic sources, acoustic and synthetic sounds, structured and randomized patterns. His artistic interest is a mutual influence between classical art, contemporary art and mass culture. Dmitri took a part in many international festivals as a composer and video artist, among them Geometry of Now, 2017; 7th international young composers academy in Tchaikovsky city, 2017; Russian Red, 2017, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow; X International festival Avantgardens, theatre Derevo performance, Saint Petersburg, 2017; Archstoyanie 2016, Moscow; Lesaserma Pokhunakhis project, Nadar Ensemble, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Norway, 2016 and other
Hrachya Yessayan, composer, curator of the Academy
Hrachya Yessayan is a composer, viola player, conductor and free improviser. 2008-2013 studying composition at Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky at prof. Yury Vorontsov’s class. 2013-2015 studying there assistant-internship course at Moscow conservatory with concert program and research work about music of Mark Andre. Founder, artistic director and main conductor of chamber orchestra “Grosso”. He participated as free listener, student, scholarship-member and trainee (as composer and free improviser) in various new music courses, such as: 46 International Summer course for new music (Darmstadt), Impuls (Graz), several academies of MCME (Chaykovsky). Had visited lessons, lectures and master-classes of Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, Mathias Spahlinger, Mark Andre, Klaus Lang, Clemens Gadenstätter, Manon-Liu Winter, Frank Gratkowski, Antoine Beuger, Jean-Luc Herve, Philipp Leroux, Francesco Filidei, Sergej Newski, Dmitri Kourliandski, O. Bianchi, C. Bauckholt and F. Levi. Co-founder (with contrabass player Dmitry Khramtsov) of the free improvisation entreprise „CHTO“. At this time works on dissertation (Mark Andre: poetics of musical composition), works as composer, performer and teacher. As composer, conductor and performer is involved in various projects such as („KLANGRAUM“ (Düsseldorf), „Nobles et sentimentales“ (Moscow, N. Novgorod, S.-Petersburg), „Imaginary folklore“, „Psychogeography (N. Novgorod), „Moscow autumn“ (Moscow), „Agafonnikovs evenings“ (Podolsk) etc.)