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STUDIO FOR NEW MUSIC
The Studio for New Music Ensemble was founded in 1993 by composer Vladimir Tarnopolski and conductor Igor Dronov. Its foundation was directly linked to a course, created at the time by the Moscow Conservatory — “The Orchestra of Contemporary Music”. Its immediate purpose was to demonstrate, within the framework of this course, what went into the making of an orchestra for the performance of contemporary music. This “practical purpose”, however, rapidly took on a broader dimension, with a more far-reaching aim: that of widening the scope of Russian modern and contemporary music, by re-introducing it into the broader framework of European contemporary music and culture. This being the framework, the “Studio” actively started acquainting Russian concert-goers with the music of the European “classical avant-garde”, as well as with all sorts of “world” contemporary trends. It has never ceased so doing. At the same time, the “Studio” began to allow the Russian public to rediscover the music of its own “forgotten” avant-garde, that of the 1910–1920-ties. It continues to so do to this very day. Finally, in line with the above, the “Studio” took upon itself the organization of master classes for young composers and performers, and the commissioning of new works by young composers.
In 1993, the “Studio Ensemble” gave its very first concert during a festival of Russian music in France, with Mstislav Rostropovich as conductor. Thereafter and over the past 17 years, it has given circa 600 concerts, performing not only in Moscow and other towns of Russia, but also in Austria, Azerbaidjan, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherland, Portugal, Sweden, the USA, etc. Some of its concerts have taken place in prestigious halls such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Konzerthaus Berlin, Paris’ Cité de la Musique. The “Studio” has also given master-classes organized at the Universities of Oxford and Harvard, and collaborated with the Ensemble Modern and the Schönberg-Ensemble.
Amidst some of the large-scale projects the “Studio” organizes, one finds: its 3-year cycle of concerts “An Anthology of music of the 20th century in the Regions of Russia”, as well as many other series, including: “Russia-Germany. Pages of Musical History”, Schönberg-Kandinsky: Dialogue of music and painting, “Moz-art. Playing with Mozart”, Unknown Russian geniuses of the 20th century. Premières of 80 years ago, “Masterpieces of Austrian symphonical works transcribed for chamber ensemble”, “One hundred years of new music”, “Sound and Colour”. Scriabin and composers of the 20th century”, “Resonances. Music and Painting of the 20th Century”. Over the past years, the “Studio Ensemble” has also put together a cycle of concert-monographs, dedicated, amidst others, to Arnold Schönberg, Igor Stravinsky, Alban Berg, Alexander Mosolov, Edgar Varèse. Anton Webern, Nikolai Roslavets. Yet another broad and much-acclaimed “project”, initiated many years ago, is the Studio’s series of concerts-portraits of some of the most important contemporary composers, including: Gérard Zinsstag, Pierre Boulez, Edison Denisov, Beat Furrer, Heinz Holliger, Philippe Hurel, Klaus Huber, Faradzh Karaev, Tristan Murail, Alexander Vustin, etc.
The “Studio for New Music” Ensemble is the core ensemble of the international festival of contemporary music, “The Moscow Forum”. This annual Forum has been in existence since 1994 and is organized by the Center of Contemporary Music of the Moscow Conservatory. The “Ensemble” also handles the International Jurgenson Competition for young composers, as well as performance competitions.
The “Studio for New Music” Ensemble records for different radio programmes and puts out CD-s of music by both Russian and non-Russian contemporary composers. From 1996 to 2004, the Belgian label MEGADISC cut a series of CD-portraits of works by well-known Russian composers, performed by the “Studio for New Music”.
For its major contribution to the development of contemporary music in Russia, the “Ensemble” received the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis on two occasions (2001 and 2004), as well as the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (2004–2006). In 2010, the “Ensemble” won a grant from the European Commission for its conception and implementation of a large-scale project: “Europe through the eyes of Russians. Russia through the eyes of Europe”.