International Conservatoire Week Festival 2007

The Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatoire is pleased to announce the Seventh annual International Conservatoire Week festival to be held October 12–20, 2007.

The Seventh annual International
Conservatoire Week festival
145th anniversary of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire and
Igor Stravinsky’s 125th anniversary dedicated
October, 12–20, 2007

Since 2001 this international forum – with no analogies in the present music world – has succeeded in taking its rightful place in this over-rich city of festivals – St. Petersburg, and has twice been awarded the title of “Best International Project of the Year”. In contrast to many music festivals, International Conservatoire Week does not promote well-known musicians, but introduces new names of talented young musicians and their instructors, and also presents the achievements of higher musical educational institutions from Russia, Europe, and the USA.

The festival’s main goal is to raise the prestige of the music profession – to restore respect for the work of professional musicians and to draw the attention of audience in various social groups – especially student-aged youth – to classical music. Nevertheless the festival is open towards all the styles and genres – be that ancient music or ethno.

Over the past six years the festival has given more then 70 Russian and foreign higher musical educational institutions the opportunity to share experiences in various areas of the musical arts. This has strengthened mutual understanding between representatives of national musical cultures, and has helped to integrate Russia’s oldest conservatoire into the world music process.

The five previous festivals have featured a sum total of: 79 concert programmes of varied themes, 19 open lectures, 42 master classes, 4 international seminars on concert management, and 5 research conferences. Tens of thousands of connoisseurs and music-lovers have participated therein.

The seventh annual festival in 2007 is dedicated to Igor Stravinsky’s 125th anniversary. That is why the music by the Stravinsky will gain the main position in the concert programs, and will sound as a musical offering to the memory of the great composer.

During the festival, the stage of Glazunov Hall will serve as a concert podium for the creative meeting of higher musical educational institutions from around the world. Musicians from Russia, the USA, Canada, Japan, Great Britain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Israel, Estonia, Azerbaijan will take part in the festival, representing both popular and less well-known music of various genres and periods, and giving the Russian and St. Petersburg premiere performances of works of young musicians as well as composers of world-wide acclaim.

One of the most remarkable traditions of the festival is the awarding of the title of Professor leading representatives from the world of the Modern Musical Arts. As usual, the Seventh International Conservatoire Week will be marked by the solemn ceremony – this time the honour will be bestowed on Krzysztof Penderecki, the Polish composer of the world-wide reputation.

The scientific-research part of the festival presents an international research conference dedicated to Stravinsky’s heritage, open lectures and master classes from well-known professors, presentations of new books in the music field.

The International Conservatoire Week Festival is supported by Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg Government; the Board of Trustees consists of the representatives of the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg, Consulate General of the Republic of Germany in St. Petersburg, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in St. Petersburg, Consulate General of the Republic of Estonia in St. Petersburg, the French Institute in St. Petersburg, the Danish Culture Institute in St. Petersburg. The information support is provided by TV, broadcasting, and the press.