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The Ninth International Young Composers Academy will take place between 30 August and 13 September 2019 in Tchaikovsky-city, Perm region: during the two-week workshop, the young composers write new pieces which are rehearsed and performed by the leading Russian ensemble, the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME) at the final concerts in Tchaikovsky, Perm and in Moscow. 

The Ninth International Academy of Young Composers (August-September 2019) received 131 applications from 39 countries of the world. 11 students, 4 trainees and 7 fellows from 12 countries were selected for classes by the world leading composers-professors, namely: Bryn Harrison (Great Britain), Jan Maresh (France), Martin Schüttler (Germany) and Deqing Wen (China).

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Apart from presenting new works by the students, the Academy offers other concerts that present the visiting professors’ works. Along with the composers’ courses, the Academy hosts individual and ensemble workshops for young musicians from Perm and other cities. The Academy offers continuous learning courses for the teachers from Perm and the Perm region and awards the graduates with state-recognized certificates. The Academy gathers around 100 participants annually.

Solitude and peace, remoteness from the noise and hustle of big cities and the picturesque nature foster fruitful creative concentration. Tchaikovsky is the only city in the world named after the composer, and it seems to be the perfect cradle for music creativity. Over the years, the Academy has invited leading world composers, including Beat Furrer, Oscar Bianchi (Switzerland), Pierluigi Billone, Francesco Filidei (Italy), Marc Andre, Franc Bedrossian, Jean-Luc Herve, Philippe Leroux, Raphael Sendo, Fabien Levy, Jerome Combier (France), Klaus Lang, Peter Ablinger (Austria), Carola Bauckholt (Germany), Yannis Kyriakides (Netherlands), Chaya Czernowin (Israel / USA), etc.

Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble

The Ensemble was founded in 1990 by composer Yuri Kasparov with the support of the leader of new Russian music, twentieth-century classic Edison Denisov. MCME was among the first to present the contemporary Russian music in the West, and to present the works of contemporary foreign composers in Russia. Today, the basic structure of MCME is a quintet (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano), but it is often expanded to a large ensemble and a chamber orchestra. The team’s mission is to present the contemporary work by Russian and foreign composers; so far MCME has given more than 100 Russian and world premieres. The ensemble’s repertoire includes Russian musical avant-garde of the 20th century. At the invitation of MCME, outstanding world composers visited Russia, among them Iannis Xenakis, Gyorgy Kurtag, Anatole Vieru, Frederik Rzhevsky, Louis Andrissen, Theo Luvendi, Gerard Zinstag and others.

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