Students of 13. International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky-city
STUDENTS WHO WRITE NEW COMPOSITIONS FOR MCME
Maria Anikeeva (Russia) is a composer, member of the Union of Composers of Russia. Graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (2019, Department of Composition, class of Prof. A.A. Koblyakov), and then the assistant traineeship (2021, Department of Art of Composition, Prof. A.A. Koblyakov, supervisor – Yu.N. Kholopov). She is a teacher at the Moscow State Conservatory at the Department of Composition. Laureate of the Sofia Gubaidulina International Young Composers Competition (2020), Laureate of the Myaskovsky International Composers Competition (2018), Laureate of the Charitable Foundation “Creating the Future” of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gazprom, 3rd Prize in the project “Open Space” (2022). Diploma winner of the Myaskovsky International Composers Competition (2016, 2020). Diploma Winner of the international competition within the framework of the Winter Art Festival in Sochi (2018,2021). Participant of the projects “Acoustic Reading”, “Composer Readings”, “Cooperation-Children”, “Open Space”.
The works has been performed by such ensembles as the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, the OpensoundOrchestra Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the Moscow Conservatory, the ensembles Studio for New Music, Moscow Soloists, Reheard, and others.
Valentin Bezdetko (Russia) was born in 1996 in Haiphong (Vietnam). From 2014 to 2018 he studied at the Moscow Institute of Radio Electronics and Automation (now RTU MIREA) in the field of study “Informatics and Computer Engineering”. In 2021 he entered the Moscow State Conservatory. Tchaikovsky in the direction “Composition”, class K.A. Bodrov.
Turkar Gasimzada (Azerbaijan). The Gasimzada’s compositions have been heard in several festivals of contemporary music in United States, Europe and Asia, including Bang on a Can (USA), Örebro Contemporary Music Festival (Sweden), Unhörte Musik (Germany), Charlotte New Music Festival (USA), Etchings (US/France), Cortona Sessions for New Music (US/Italy), Music Biennale Zagreb (Croatia), Saint-Petersburg International New Music Festival (Russia), Tonlagen (Germany), Kara Karayev Contemporary Music Festival (Azerbaijan), etc.
He holds a Doctorate degree in composition from University of Cincinnati, Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati, OH, USA) where he studied with Mara Helmuth, Michael Fiday. He received his Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music (New York, USA) where he studied with Reiko Füting and Nils Vigeland.
Mohammad H. Javaheri (Iran) was born and raised in Tehran. He has studied composition in countries including Iran, Turkey, Germany, and Austria. In 2019, he was named as “a composer who will surely be heard from in the future” (NMZ newspaper, German), and has been highlighted in several published news articles and websites including the LA Times. Along with a temptation for exploring and combining various musical languages across his body of work, Mohammad’s music has been described as ‘tense’, ‘sensational’, ‘detailistic’; and he inherently crafts his ‘own sound’ (Toshio Hosokawa, SYNTHETIS 2019). His works find expression across a range of forms, with or without/only electronics, and received several prizes in international composition competitions. He has been active as a composer member of via nova – zeitgenössische Musik in Thüringen e. V. and a member and performer of Bauhaus.fm-Rundfunkorchester. As a sought-after composer, has been invited around the world to present his works, working with well-known artists, ensembles, and institutes on a regular basis. Some of his activities have been with SWR Symphony Orchestra, MDR Symphony Orchestra, Digital Bauhaus Orchestra, NeoQuartet, Radiofm. Bauhaus; and also ensembles such as Hashtag, Adapter, Cikada, Omnibus, Loadbang, Hezarfen, Gilgamesh Chamber Ensemble, and XX. Jahrhundert. His works were broadcast on various platforms including SWR2 Radio station and also published by Babelscores, Score Follower and UCLA Music Library.
He got recently selected as a composer participant for impulse 2023 ‘On Voice’ program to work with Beat Furrer and Cantando Admont on his new piece.
Julius von Lorentz (Germany) was born in 2003. From 2014 to 2020 he was sponsored by the
“Institut zur Frühförderung musikalisch Hochbegabter” in cooperation with the Hanover University
of Music. Until 2022 he was a pre-college-student in composition with Prof. Sidney Corbett at the
Mannheim State University of Music. He is currently studying with Prof. Mark Andre and Prof.
Manos Tsangaris at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden, Germany. From 2018 to 2022 Julius von Lorentz was an annual winner of the national prize “Jugend komponiert” (Youth Composes). He has also been awarded the prize of the Bruno Frey Foundation several times. For his works “Stimmen” and “Spannungsfelder IV” for ensemble, live electronics and videos he received the prize of the “Verband deutscher Musikschulen” (VdM) and the prize of the GVL. At the International Joseph Dorfman Composition Competition 2022, he won the third price being the youngest participant of the competition. Julius von Lorentz participated in numerous masterclasses, such as the composition workshop at the Arnold Schönberg Center Vienna in 2017 and 2019 and the International Summer Academy of Music in 2022. In 2020 he was the youngest participant in the masterclass of the IMPULS Festival for Contemporary Music Sachsen-Anhalt. In June 2023 he participates in the 7th International Young Composers Academy in Ticino with Lisa Streich, Prof. Clara Ianotta and Oskar Bianchi. His works are played by the Arditti Quartet, the Neuevocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ensemble Musikfabrik and Ensemble Tempus Konnex. In September 2022 Julius von Lorentz was Artist in Residence of the Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf scholarship sponsored by the JMD.
Aglaya Sevastyanova (Russia) graduated from the Novosibirsk Glinka State Conservatory – 2016-2021 (Folk Instruments Faculty, domra; teacher is N.S. Kravets), currently studying at the Moscow State Conservatory (composition class of Yu.S. Kasparov).
Participation in festivals and competitions:
April 2022 – participation in the “Composer Readings” courses in Moscow.
December 2022 – VI International Edison Denisov Competition for Young Composers, Tomsk (Second prize).
February 2023 – I All-Russian festival-competition of contemporary musical art among domra performers and composers, Moscow (Finalist diploma).
March 2023 – II All-Russian competition in composition and instrumentation for the orchestra of Russian folk instruments, Saratov (Second prize).
April 2023 – VI International Competition for Young Composers “Samal”, Astana (Diploma named after A. Romanov).
Lukas Sukharev (Russia) was born in Syktyvkar in 2000. He graduated from the Gymnasium of Arts under the Head of the Komi Republic and the College of Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan with a degree in orchestral percussion instruments with honors. In this specialty, he became a laureate of many regional, all-Russian and
international competitions in orchestral, ensemble and solo nominations. In 2021 he entered the Moscow State Conservatory at the Faculty of Science and Composition in the composition class of A. S. Sioumak. Currently a 2nd year student. Laureate of interregional, All-Russian and international composer competitions, a participant in such projects as “Composers’ Readings” in St. Petersburg, the Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky, the workshop “Voice as an Instrument” in Moscow, Synesthesia Composition Workshop in Kazan. Recipient of a Grant from the President of the Russian Federation, Fellow of the Union of Composers of Russia.
Tianyu Zou (China). Tianyu Zou’s artistic practice weaves together composition, visual art, and audio-visual synchronization, exploring global social grievances, political maltreatment, voiceless invisible vulnerable groups, and our relationship with technology. He integrates pop culture and noise music with a personalized aesthetic, extending his language. Additionally, his practice ranges from the instrumental to the electro-acoustic, audiovisual and theatrical fields. He has been awarded several grants from Nicati de-Luze foundation (Scholarship 2022-2023), Ernst von Siemens Grants and Nadia Boulanger foundation of Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau (fellowship 2019).
STUDENTS WHO WRITE NEW COMPOSITIONS FOR CEAM-ARTISTS
Arash Azadi (Iran) born in 1994 in Hamedan, Iran. In 2012, he enrolled in Armenia’s Yerevan State Conservatory, where he majored in composition and began mastering the ins and outs of the visual programming language Max/MSP through an online course offered by the Massachusetts College of Art. To date, his works have been performed in France, Italy, Germany, Russia, US, Greece, Georgia, Iran and Armenia. He has performed live at festivals such as Berlin CTM Festival, Unsound Festival Yerevan Edition, Urvakan Festival and Synthposium Festival. In 2019 he was selected as one of SHAPE Platform artists and did a multi-channel audio installation and a commissioned piece for cello and tape for Musikprotokoll festival in Austria. His piece “Kairos” for solo violin, tape and live electronics got premiered at Dom Radio at Saint Petersburg, during reMusik festival of contemporary music in 2022. He was an artist-in-residence at Garage Studios for 2021-2022 and taught at HSE Art and Design University in Sound Art and Sound Design faculty. This year he won the international composition award at the Sayat Nova Competition by AGBU in New York and his piece for ensemble and voice was performed at Carnegie Hall.
Hibiki Mukai (Japan) was born in1993. He is a Japanese musician and composer who has received numerous prestigious international awards, including the Lawson-May Award, 1st Prize at The Matan Givol International Composers Competition, “Marin Goleminov” International Composition Prize, Festival Musica Academy’s Prize 2018 in Strasbourg, 1st Prize at the ORDA-2019 Composition Competition, 1st Prize at the 84th Music Competition of Japan as well as the 33rd ACL Young Composers Prize.
He has been commissioned by notably the NHK, Festival Musica Strasbourg, Venice Biennale Musica. Furthermore, his works have been selected for the Gaudeamus Music Week [Utrecht], Elektro Arts [Cluj-Napoca], and Jurgenson Competition [Moscow].
HIBIKi received his Bachelor’s degree from Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, and completed his Master in Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague in 2019. Hibiki is currently based in Porto to pursuing a PhD degree in Digital Media at the University of Porto.
Stanislav Frolov (Russia) is a student of the Moscow Conservatory (Class of Composition). He was born in Chelyabinsk in 1999. He graduated from the Special Music School and College at the South Ural State Institute of Arts. From 2017 to 2021, he studied at the Russian State Social University. Participant of the “Composer’s Readings” in Moscow (2022), Art Festival TRANSFORMATION (Zheleznogorsk, 2022) with a sound installation-intervention NERO, CEAMMC Lab (Moscow, 2022), XII International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky, III and IV All-Russian seminars of the Studio for New Music The piece “okronym” for flute, cello and piano was recorded by MCME and released by Melodiya in the album Composer’s Readings. Eight New Names” in October 2022. The piece “les conséquences des prémisses II” was performed at the Gnessin Music Week, at the Ground Solyanka Gallery and the Yeltsin Center. His music is performed by the ensembles MACM, Just Ensemble (St. Petersburg), Reheard Ensemble (Moscow) and such soloists as Arina Zvereva (N’Caged Ensemble), Lada Merkulyeva (soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre). Scholarship holder of the Union of Composers of Russia
Yekaterina Khmelevskaya (Russia) was born in Moscow, graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory in the composition class of Professor Yuri Vorontsov (2010) and post-graduated school (2013), since 2012 she is a member of the Moscow Union of Composers, from 2006 to 2022 she taught at the Central Music School (composition, instrumental science and musical literature).
– Participant of seminars for young composers and festivals of contemporary music
– Invited teacher at creative schools in Russia
– Head and soloist of the musical group “Project 3×3”.
– Laureate of all-Russian and international competitions, including: she is a winner of All-Russian competition of media compositions “Sound environment of modernity”; of the international competition in New York (2023, ensemble “C4”), VII International Myaskovsky Competition of Composers (1st Prize).
Member of composer laboratories, including “Moscow. Sounds of the City” – 2023 (Moscow Conservatory, MCME, CEAM). “Synesthesia” – 2023 (Kazan, Sofia Gubaidulina Center).
Among the compositions: works for orchestra, ensemble of soloists, ensemble of percussion instruments, string quartet, choir, music for films, performances, musicals, chamber vocal and instrumental music, songs.
Luca Bardelle (Italy) studied classical percussion with Alberto Macchini, piano with John Olaf Laneri and composition with Maurizio Azzan the Adria conservatory. He graduated in piano in 2021. He attended composition masterclass and seminars held by composers such as Mark Andre, Stefano Gervasoni, Salvatore Sciarrino, Helmut Lachenmann, Francesco Filidei and Clara Iannotta among others percussionists such as Claudio Santangelo and Mike Manieri and pianists such as Anna d’Errico. Winner of Penn State 2021 Young Composers Contest and selected for MATA Jr. (NY), he wrote pieces working with musicians and ensembles like Bergamot Quartet, Anna D’Errico, Roberta Gottardi, Ensemble MDI, hosted by events such as MATA (NY), New Music Week 2022 (Rome), Festival Rumore Bianco (Foggia). He is currently studying in Kunstuniversität Graz under Franck Bedrossian.
Paulo Brito (Brazil / U.S.A.). Brazilian-American composer Paulo Brito holds a doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Toronto (Canada, 2022) and is First-Prize winner of the Tōru Takemitsu Composition Award (Japan, 2018). His works have been featured at international venues including the Royaumont, Cordes-sur-Ciel and Annecy Festivals (France), INTACT Festival Thailand, Avanti Summer Sounds (Finland), and the Weiwuying New Music Festival (Taiwan). Performers of his pieces include ensemble Ars Nova, ensemble Linea and conductor Jean-Philippe Wurtz (France), the Tokyo Philharmonic and conductor Yoichi Sugiyama (Japan) and Nō performer Ryoko Aoki. He is currently participating in a semester-long development program at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (Portugal), as part of which several new pieces of his will be premiered in the Portuguese capital, including by Australian pianist Alex Waite and Freiburg-based Ensemble Recherche.
Anna Dmitrieva (Russia) graduated from the Republican Music College in Izhevsk with a degree in piano. Currently she is a student at the Moscow State Conservatory, Department of Composition (class of Associate Professor Kuzma Bodrov). Participated in the laboratory “Composer-playwright 4’33” under the direction of Alexander Manotskov. She has collaborated with the State Udmurt Philharmonic String Quartet and the State Udmurt Philharmonic Orchestra, vocalists of the Izhevsk Municipal Chamber Choir, vocalists of the Izhevsk Opera and Ballet Theater and students of the Moscow Conservatory. She composes music of different genres and for different instruments, including works with electronics. Her works were performed in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Izhevsk.
Elena Bukireva (Russia) was born in 1997. In 2022 she graduated from the Glinka Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory (composition class of Getselev B.S. and Prisyazhnyuk D.O.). Currently, she continues her studies as an assistant trainee (class of Professor D.O. Prisyazhnyuk). She writes her works in chamber-instrumental, chamber-vocal and symphonic genres. Her interests also include electro-acoustic and spatial music.
Participant of the VI and VII International Festival of Contemporary Music “Pictures at an Exhibition” (2017, 2022), “Composers’ Readings” of the MCME in Nizhny Novgorod 2021, participant of the III International Seminar for Young Composers in St. Petersburg (2022).
Anzhelika Gabibova (Russia) was born in 1992. Composer, pianist, vocalist, member of the Union of Composers of St. Petersburg, member of the Union of Composers of Russia. In 2017 she graduated with honors from the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg Conservatory. (class of composition by prof. Evgeny Petrov). The works were performed at various venues in Russia: the State Academic Capella, the Sheremetev Palace, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre, the Radio House, the Lendok Studio, the Actor’s House, as well as abroad (Vienna, Istanbul, Lubeck, Dublin, Berlin, Krakow). Resident of the Classic Electric project (New Music, Multimedia & Gesamtkunstwerk). The project was nominated for the Kuryokhin Prize in 2020. Diploma winner of the All-Russian competition “Choral Laboratory XXI century” (2013). The winner of the laboratory of the musical “TT RESIDENCE” (Perm Academic Theater-Theater, July 2022). Laureate of the first All-Russian competition of media compositions “Sound environment of modernity” in the nomination “Music for theatrical productions” (organizer of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music competition, 2022)
Long Xingyu (China), a graduate of the Sichuan Music Conservatory, entered the Tchaikovsky Moscow State where he studied composition with Vladimir Tarnopolsky, and now with Olga Bochikhina.
His compositions won first prize at the Romanian Percussion Competition, second prize at the Shanghai Baichuan Prize, second prize at the composition competition of the ASEAN International Music Festival, etc. Hs is a Jury member of the 5th Russian International Competition for Young Composers.
Maria Poryadina (Russia) graduated from the Rostov State Conservatory in the composition class of Professor Vladimir Krasnoskulov. Then she continued her studies as an assistant trainee with Vladimir Krasnoskulov and associate professor Mikhail Fuksman. She is a laureate of all-Russian and international competitions, including the II All-Russian competition “Score” (2022, Moscow), the All-Russian competition of the school-studio of contemporary art (2023, Saratov), etc. Participated in festivals, projects and master classes, including IV, V, VI International Festival of Young Composers “One Eighth” (2017, 2019, 2021, Rostov-on-Don), III and VII project “Composer’s Readings” (2018 and 2022, Moscow); concert project “Music of Women Composers” (2019, Petrozavodsk and St. Petersburg), VII All-Russian Summer School “Choral Laboratory. XXI Century” (2020 and 2022, Gatchina), VI Festival of Contemporary Arts “DSPL ART-2021” (2021, Rostov-on-Don), multimedia project for poets, composers and animators “I AM” (2022- 2023), laboratory of the musical “TT Residence” (2023, Perm).
Vera Shirokova (Russia) studied at the Edison Denisov Tomsk College of Music as a cellist and musicologist, and also tried herself in composition. Since 2018, he has been participating in the work of the youth branch of the Russian Union of Composers (Molot). In 2021, she entered the Choral Conducting Department of Tomsk State University (currently a third-year student). Since November 2021, she has become an artist of the Tomsk Choir Chapel at Tomsk State University. She also works as an assistant organist at the Tomsk Philharmonic in the Organ Hall. In June 2023, she participated in all-Russian seminars of the New Music Studios ensemble.
Kristina Yanova (Russia), student of the Moscow State Conservatory. Composer, pianist, organist, amateur artist. She performed works by participants of the Composers’ Readings and students of the International Academy of Young Composers in Tchaikovsky (as part of concerts at various venues, as an organist, pianist); participated in Gnesin Contemporary Music Week as a pianist (2022); at the Biomechanics 2.0 festival as a speaker at one of the discussions (2023).
In her compositions, she combines performing skills with the search for a new musical language, embodies ancient and modern literary, historical or visual images.
Yuri Frolov (Russia) has been involved in electronic and electro-acoustic music since 2015. Currently he is a student of the Petrozavodsk Conservatory, special piano department. In February 2023, he organized the project “Northern Musical Laboratory of Electroacoustics”, within which lectures are held on the history, aesthetics and practice of electroacoustic music, as well as concerts are organized at the conservatory, virtual musical instruments and sample libraries are being developed.
STUDENTS – MUSICOLOGISTS
Elvira Akhmetchnova was born in 2001 in the small town of Kambarka, in the Udmurt Republic. Graduated from music theory courses at the Republican Music College in Izhevsk in 2021. At the moment a third-year student of the musicology faculty of the Kazan State Conservatory. During studies, became the winner of international and All-Russian music-theoretical Olympiads and conferences, and are also the recipient of a grant from the President of the Russian Federation.
Anna Merkusheva was born in Novopolotsk, Belarus, she graduated with honors from the College of Music, majoring in choral conducting, then worked for 2 years as a director of a musical theater group. In 2018, she moved to St. Petersburg, entered the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St. Petersburg State University, and received her Bachelor’s degree with a specialization in Music in 2022. Her graduation project involved researching the phenomenon of “parallel” music criticism and its significance in the development of modern forms of expert opinion sharing (with V.V. Rannev as a consultant and primary supervisor). Throughout her studies, her research predominantly delved into problems within Russian music criticism, various forms of music visualization, and the image of death in musical compositions across different eras. Currently, she is engaged in project work at the intersection of music and theater, while also teaching disciplines such as “Voice Training” and “Public Speaking” in both private and state educational institutions.
Sofia Kodesnikova was born in the village of the Udmurt Republic near Votkinsk. I graduated the Music College in Izhevsk in 2021 as a teacher of music theory and organizer of music-education activities. Today she is a 3rd year student of the Musicology Faculty of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. She is the winner of international and All-Russian musicology competitions, for example the award of the XXXIII International Competition of students’ research works in the field of musical art–2023 in the Gnessin Academy of Music.
Anna Mavrenkova graduated from the Omsk Music College named after V.Ya. Shebalin in 2019 with a degree in Music Theory: final qualifying work – «Genre of the small polyphonic cycle in the works of J.S. Bach», final certification work – «Information and communication technologies in the course of solfeggio (based on the material of the first and second grades of DSHI)». In 2019, she entered the Magnitogorsk State Conservatory named after M.I. Glinka for the specialty “Musicology”, and also began working at the Omsk Music College. Currently engaged in the study of polyphonic music by M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco, M. Alburger.
Nikolai Dudenkov was born in Moscow in 2000. In 2019, he graduated from the Central Music School (Moscow) as a trombonist. Since 2020, he has been studying musicology at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. In 2022, he took part in the student conference Musica Theorica-XXIV and in the first international scientific conference of CEAM “Electroacoustic composition: theory, history, practice” with the reports on the works of F. Romitelli. He studied the works of A. Schubert — took part in public discussions on the composer’s work at the CEAM.
Yulia Kuntsova was born on 12.03.1999 in the village of Fateevo, Kirovo-Chepetsky district, Kirov region. She received her secondary professional education at the Kirov College of Musical Art named after I. V. Kazenin at the Department of Music Theory (2016-2020, diploma with honors). During this time, she took part in various Olympiads and competitions, among the most significant achievements – a Diploma of the first degree of the All-Russian Olympiad of Music College students in Theory and History of Music (M. I. Glinka National Music University, 2020), as well as a victory in the nomination “Oral Word of a musicologist”. Now she is a fourth-year student of the Department of Music History of the Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory (class of M. L. Buloshnikov). The sphere of research interests is the transformation of the requiem genre in the music of the XXI century in the works of Russian composers and CIS countries. One of the major works of Libera me by Gia Kancheli. The problems of genre and embodiment were presented at the XXXIII International Competition of students’ research works in the field of musical art (RAM im. Gnesinykh, 2023. II place in the nomination “Musical art XX-XXI”).
Victoria Suntsova was born in 2001 in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia. In childhood and adolescence she was engaged in pop vocals. Graduated from the Altai State College of Music with honors in 2021 – Department of choral conducting, in 2022 – Department of Music Theory. In the same year she got into the Mussorgsky Ural State Conservatory. In 2023, she wrote an article «L. Ferrara’s phenomenological method as a tool for analyzing musical perception». Currently studying in the second year of the conservatory while being a teacher of theoretical disciplines in MBUK TO «EDSHI 9» and an artist of the ensemble «Fresco».
Julia Isaeva is a student of the Petrozavodsk State Conservatory named after A.K. Glazunov, 4 course. Spoke at conferences in Moscow and Petrozavodsk. The range of scientific interests is modern Finnish music, in particular with the work of Leif Segerstam and his free pulsation technique, which combines sonorics and aleatorics.