From 22 October to 2 November 2021, the St. Petersburg N.A.Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory will become home to the 21st International Conservatory Week Festival.
This annual concert and educational project was established by the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 2001. Over a span of 20 years, this unique festival, which still knows no equal in the international music community, has presented more than 320 music schools from five continents. The 21st conservatory forum will invite professors and students from music schools in Russia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, and the USA.
Concerts of the Festival will take place in the Grand and Small Halls of the D. D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia, the Concert Hall of the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Jaani Kirik Concert Hall, at the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre and other concert stages of St. Petersburg. The concert programmes are dedicated to significant anniversaries that are being observed in 2021: the anniversaries of birth of Prokofiev, Liszt and Bartók, as well as the Year of Germany in Russia.
Prior to the official opening of the Festival on 22 October, 19:00, the Concert Hall of the Academic Capella will host a large-scale choral concert with performers from three Russian music schools: the St. Petersburg N.A.Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory, the Petrozavodsk A.K. Glazunov State Conservatory and the Victor Popov Academy of Choral Art from Moscow, which was invited to participate in the International Conservatory Week Festival for the first time. The programmes of choirs will include classical repertoire and sacred choral music.
According to the 7-year-old tradition, on 23 October, 19:00, the official opening of the Festival will take place in the Grand Hall of the D. D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia. Three youth musical ensembles and combined choir of three music schools will present solo and choral programmes of contemporary music. The International Conservatory Week Festival maintains the tradition of awarding attributes of the title of Honorary Professor of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. In 2021, the awarded of this solemn ceremony will be David Goloschekin, a People's Artist of Russia, an outstanding jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist, a highly respected composer, founder and Artistic Director of the Jazz Philharmonic Hall. The Honorary Professor will perform together with David Goloschekin Jazz Music Ensemble.
On 24 October, 16:00, Sebastian Küchler-Blessing, Professor of the Robert Schumann University of Music (Düsseldorf, Germany), will perform solo classical programme and organ improvisations as part of the Organ Academies cycle at the Roman Catholic Church of the Lourdes God’s Mother.
On 25 October, 19:00, the Small Hall of the D. D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia will host the Chamber Series concert which will feature vocal and instrumental compositions and works for percussion ensemble played by prominent musicians from Russia, Germany, Austria and the USA.
On 26 October, 19:00, the Jaani Kirik Concert Hall will present diverse programme of pieces by musicians whose anniversaries of birth are being celebrated this year, above all, the anniversary of birth of Sergei Prokofiev. The performers lineup will include prominent teachers, talented students and graduates of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, as well as representatives of foreign music schools. For the first time, the Festival will feature the Wind Instruments Orchestra, a youth ensemble from the Conservatory.
On 27 October, at 19:00, the Small Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia will present instrumental compositions performed by the participants of the Festival from music schools of Italy, Switzerland and the USA as part of the Chamber Series. The St. Petersburg Conservatory Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Arkady Steinlucht, an Honoured Artist of Russia, together with Julian Milkis, a world-famous clarinetist (Russia—USA), will perform the European premiere of Ninna, Nanna per Anna by Giya Kancheli.
On 28 October at 19:00 the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre will present the ETHNO – CLASSIC –XXI programme which confirms that the oldest Russian conservatory and its foreign partners are interested in folk art in its various manifestations. The ensembles of diverse lineups will perform compositions written in the 21st century especially for folk instruments, as part of the project of the Conservatory and the Alexandrinsky Theater "New Music on a New Stage".
On 29 October at 19:00 the Conservatory Week Festival will feature the JAZZ - CLASSIC –XXI programme in the Jazz Philharmonic Hall. And jazz will once again become part of the Festival. Young musicians from Poland and Austria will be introduced by David Goloschekin, an Honorary Professor of the St. Petersburg Conservatory and master of jazz music.
On 30 October at 20:00, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the official closing of the Festival concert programme. As part of the Orchestra Academies, the St. Petersburg Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest, Hungary) will present a programme of Franz Liszt and Béla Bartók whose anniversaries are observed in 2021. The programme will be performed by the St. Petersburg Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, the soloist being a Hungarian pianist (to be defined) and the conductor being Alexei Vasiliev, an Honoured Artist of Russia.
The Festival Applied Research Section will include the international academic conference "German Musicians in the Neva City" and documentary exhibition of the same name, both dedicated to the Year of Germany in Russia. International educational seminars will remain a constant of the Conservatory Forum. The 2021 seminars will address three subject areas: choir conducting with the participation of professors and leading choir conductors from St. Petersburg and Moscow (20–23 October); symphony orchestra conducting led by Vladimir Fedoseev, a People's Artist of the USSR and Honorary Professor of the St. Petersburg Conservatory (29 October–2 November); and issues of festival and concert management. Heads of well-known festivals, representatives of Russian and international production companies will share their experience with young musicians from St. Petersburg and speak about the ways to promote performers who are at the beginning of their musical career both in the Russian and foreign music industry markets.
Renowned professors from music schools in Russia, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and the USA will hold art exchange sessions, open lectures and masterclasses. The Applied Research Section will also comprise an open competition of reviews on the events of the 21st International Conservatory Week Festival.
Higher schools of music presented during the XXI International Conservatory Week Festival
1. The St. Petersburg N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory (Russia)
2. The St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts (Russia)
3. The Victor Popov Academy of Choral Art (Moscow, Russia)
4. The Schnittke Moscow State Institute of Music (Russia)
5. The Petrozavodsk A.K. Glazunov State Conservatory (Russia)
6. The Saratov L.V. Sobinov State Conservatory (Russia)
7. The Robert Schumann University of Music (Düsseldorf, Germany)
8. The Franz Liszt Universityof Music (Weimar, Germany)
9. The Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (Austria)
10. The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music (Katowice, Poland)
11. The Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest, Hungary)
12. Bern University of the Arts (Switzerland)
13. Academy of Music and Theatre “Academia del Ridotto” (Italy)
14. The Guido Cantelli Conservatory of Music (Novara, Italy)
15. The Juilliard School of Dance, Drama and Music (New York, USA)
16. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (USA)