The cycle of chamber music concerts in Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Rachmaninov Hall

Despite growing globalization and the rapid development of mass media and communications, we, citizens of the countries of "Greater Europe", continue to know little one about the other. We are immersed in our local cultural problems. Visa barriers remain in place. Only four percent of Russians have been to Europe and even a smaller percentage of Europeans have visited Russia. The press for the most part directs our attention towards economics and politics. Television sees a higher form of musical dialogue in "Eurovision"-type competitions of pop-music. Serious European music is rarely performed in Russia and concerts of new Russian music are rarely to be found on playbills in Europe.

To listen one to the other is the object of the project "Europe in the eyes of Russians and Russians in the eyes of Europeans". Within its framework, nine composers, one from each of the nine participating European countries, have written a piece which is linked to Russia, her culture and history, at the same time as nine Russian composers have each selected a participating European country and dedicated his/her new work to it. As such, each concert within our cycle has a "double focus": it is dedicated to Russia and to one of the European countries implicated in the project: Austria, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Rumania and France. All concert programmes are performed by the "Studio for New Music" Ensemble (of the Moscow Conservatory).

I should like to sincerely thank the following partners and organizations for their artistic input and support:

Conservatoire national superieur de musique et de danse de Paris (France)
Goldsmiths College, University of London (United Kingdom)
Hungarian Cultural, Scientific and Information Center in Moscow
Institut Francais (Moscow)
Italian Culture Institute in Moscow
Latvian Union of Composers
National University of Music, Bucharest (Rumania)
Polish Cultural Center in Moscow
Union of Bulgarian Composers
Verein Reconcil Vienna (Austria)

Vladimir Tarnopolsky,
Artistic Director of the Project

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Press Reviews:

Rossia i Evropa obmenyayutsya muzykoy (Russia and Europe will share their music) // Izvestiya, Moscow issue, 2011/02/25-27

“Evropa glazami rossiyan. Rossiya glazami evropeicev” — novyi muzykalnyi proekt (“Europe through the eyes of Russians. Russia through the eyes of the Europeans” — a new music project) // Vechernyaya Moskva, 2011/02/25

Vladimir Tarnopolski: “Prostranstvo u nas bolshoe, istoriya tragicheskaya, kultura kolossalnaya” (Vladimir Tarnopolski: “We have a great space, tragic history, and colossal culture ”) //, 2011/02/25

“Budem znakomy”. Intervyu Vladimira Tarnopolskogo korrespondentu NG Marine Gaikovich (“Let's get acquainted.” Vladimir Tarnopolsky's Interview to Nezavisimaya Gazeta's reporter Marina Gaikovich) // Nezavisimaya gazeta, 2011/03/14

Im Fremdsprachenlabor // Kerstin Holm, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 2011/05/23

Dve mirovye prem'ery v kajdom koncerte (Two World Premieres at The Each Concert) // Olesya Vlasova, The Voice Of Russia, 2012/01/30

Poltergeist v Rahmaninovskom zale (Poltergeist in the Rachmaninov Hall) // Viktoriya Ivanova, Izvestiya, 2012/02/13

"Stekloduv" i drugaya novaya muzyka (Glassblower and The Other New Music) // Yulian Nadezhdin, Severnyi krai (Yaroslavl), 2012/03/30

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Fedor Sofronov — the member of The Organizing Committee — is talking about the Project (in Russian)
Radio Mayak, 24/03/2011. Also available at the Radio Mayak official website


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Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory
Russian Federation
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This project is financed
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This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.