05 September, 21

“Russian Music 2.0” second round of Aksenov Family Foundation programme has been launched. Moscow Philharmonic and Museum of Modern Art are the new partners of the project for 2021

Roman Dolzhansky, Dmitry Volkostrelov and Dmitry Aksenov at the opening of the Territory 2020 festival with the concert "Russian Music 2.0". Photo - Ekaterina Kraeva

Aksenov Family Foundation has launched "Russian Music 2.0", the second round of the contemporary academic music programme aimed at revisiting and furthering Russian composing school traditions and showcasing the newly created music in Russia and beyond. Eight composers will receive grants and support from the Foundation to enable them to write music for a symphony orchestra and chamber ensemble. The newly composed pieces will be performed on 22 November 2021.

The 2021 laureates are Anton Vasiliev, Alexander Gorlinsky, Oleg Krokhalev, Marina Poleukhina, Vladimir Rannev, Elena Rykova, Alexandra Filonenko and Alexandra Chernyshkov. Four of them will work on symphony orchestra compositions to be performed by the renowned Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra led by Fyodor Lednev. Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME) will present four chamber works by the composer-laureates.

World premieres of the newly composed music will take place on 22 November 2021 at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, a key venue of Moscow Philharmonic Society, a new valued partner of “Russian Music 2.0”.

Similar to the previous year, the laureates were selected by an international expert panel consisting of international music professionals such as: Yulia Bederova, Columnist at Kommersant Publishing House (Russia); Clemens Gadenstätter, Composer, Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Austria); Fedor Ledenev, Conductor, Co-founder and Music Director at eN-semble, a contemporary music ensemble (Russia); Sergei Nevsky, Composer, Laureate of the National Theatre Award "Golden Mask" (Germany / Russia); Enno Poppe, Composer, Conductor, Musicologist, Founder and Director of Ensemble Mosaik, Professor at Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin (Germany); Dmitry Renansky, Curator at V-A-C Foundation, Music Critic (Russia); and Alexey Sysoev, Composer, Russian Music 2.0 in 2020, Laureate, Laureate of the National Theatre Award “Golden Mask” (Russia).

"Russian Music 2.0" is a closed competition. First, each expert panel member makes a recommendation of four candidates. From this, a longlist of about 20-28 names is formed. Following this, recent music recordings and scores by the candidates are uploaded to a special digital archive, and experts have three weeks to get acquainted in detail with the work of each candidate. Finally, the experts meet again and vote to choose top eight composers. There is always a waiting list in case one of the selected composers refuses to participate in the programme
Sergei Nevsky, our expert panel member
Our Foundation since long has been actively supporting music initiatives such as, for instance, musicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis projects, and the Russian Friends of Salzburg Festival. Last year we launched “Russian Music 2.0” programme to support Russian composers, lay foundation for an ecosystem of new academic music and integrate it into global context. The initiative turned out to be successful and set the trend for commissioning new music to modern authors. This “Russian Music 2.0” is supported by leading art institutions such as Moscow Philharmonic and Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Our programme brings back Russian composers who are working abroad and showcases diverse music created by talents of different age groups
Dmitry Aksenov, founder of Aksenov Family Foundation

As part of our collaboration with the Moscow Philharmonic and Moscow Museum of Modern Art, we are launching a series of six lectures on contemporary music to be held from September to December 2021. The course will cover major music styles and trends of the 20th and first decades of the 21st century. For detailed information about the course and its content, please follow the link.

In the nearest future Aksenov Family Foundation together with the FANCYMUSIC label (Russia) plans to release an album with the works of “Russian Music 2.0” project winners. The recordings will be available across major music platforms. The release date will be communicated separately.


Anton Vasiliev (born 1984, Cherepovets) - composer, media artist, performer. Studied at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Baumann Moscow State Technical University, and University of the Arts Bremen. Fellow of the Senate of Berlin (2019). His works were performed by Neues Kollektiv München (Munich), Ensemble MaNN AUS OBST, Ensemble New Babylon (Bremen), KLANK (Bremen), echtzeitEnsemble (Stuttgart), Randspiele (Berlin). Participant of such festivals as: Biennale Aktueller Musik (Bremen), Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht), 11.11 Neue Musik in Delmenhorst (Delmenhorst), Platforma (Moscow). Lives and works in Berlin.

Vladimir Gorlinsky (born 1984, Moscow) is a composer, improviser, author of spatial compositions and sound installations. Following graduation from Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Professor Vladimir Tarnopolsky), and continued to teach at Contemporary Music Department at the Conservatory. Attended master classes by composers Beat Furrera, Peter Ablinger, Brian Furnichou, Raphael Sendo, Fabien Leroux, Georges Apergis and others; completed an internship at the Impuls Academy (Graz, Austria), attended courses for New Music (Darmstadt) and Composer Seminar led by the Modern ensemble (Frankfurt am Main). Laureate of the Interregional Open Competition for Composition named after A.G. Schnittke (Moscow, 2002), the P. I. Yurgenson International Competition for Young Composers (Moscow, 2007), Pythian Games (St. Petersburg, 2008), Rostrum Competition (Dublin, 2008), YouTube Orchestral Competition Prize (Moscow, 2010), Impuls Academy competition (Graz, 2011), and Open Space competition (Moscow, 2015). As a performer and composer, Vladimir regularly collaborates with the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre (Moscow; productions by Alexander Belousov, Heiner Goebbels, Georgy Grishchenkov, Oleg Dobrovolsky, Ulyana Lukina Olga Lukicheva, Anna Khlestkina, Maria Chirkova, Boris Yukhananov), Ermolova Theatre on Malaya Bronnaya (Moscow; productions by Kirill Vypotpov), and many other. Lives and works in Moscow.

Oleg Krokhalev (born 1992, Perm) is a composer. He graduated from the Perm College of Music with a degree in Music Theory, where he also studied composition with Igor Mashukov, and Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with a degree in Composition (taught by Professor Vladimir Tarnopolsky). Participated in the projects SOTA ("Golden Mask" Institute), "Performance" (concert series at Trekhgornaya Factory, Moscow), Underground Improvisation (Academy of Arts Berlin), Suedseite Nachts (Stuttgart). As a coordinator, Oleg participated in the II-VI Academies of Young Composers in Tchaikovsky, where he attended lectures and consultations by such composers as Peter Ablinger, Marc André, Carola Baucholt, Oscar Bianchi, Antoine Boyger, Dmitry Kurlyandsky, Klaus Lang, Fabien Levy, Philippe Leroux, Sergei Nevsky, Rafael Sendo, Francesco Filidei, Beat Furrer, Jean-Luc Herve. His works were performed by Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME), Studio for New Music (Moscow), Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart (Stuttgart). Lives and works in Moscow.

Marina Poleukhina (born 1989, St. Petersburg) - composer, improviser. She studied composing at the St.Petersburg State Conservatory named after Rimsky-Korsakov and Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (taught by Professor Vladimir Tarnopolsky). Marina is currently studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (taught by Clemens Gadenstätter). Participant of such festivals as: IMPULS (Graz), Time of Music (Viitasaari), Etcetera (Santiago de Compostela), Platforma (Moscow), Pythian Games (St. Petersburg), Ultima (Oslo). Finalist of the Gaudeamus competition (2014). Marina’s music was released by such labels as PanYrosas, "Stomp", daseinrec. Organiser of the Real Time Music concert series dedicated to improvised music. Co-author of the play "In the Woods" (Meyerhold Centre, Moscow). Lives and works in Vienna.

Vladimir Rannev (born 1970, Moscow) - composer, teacher. Studied composition at the St.Petersburg State Conservatory named after Rimsky-Korsakov (taught by Professor Boris Tishchenko) and the Cologne University of Music and Dance (taught by Professor Hans Ulrich Humpert). Fellow of the Gartow Foundation (Germany, 2002), laureate of Salvatore Martirano Prize of the University of Illinois (USA, 2009), Gianni Bergamo Prize in Classical Music (Switzerland, 2010), Grand Prix of Sergei Kuryokhin Prize (2013). Member of the composers’ network "Resistance of Material" (CoMa). Teaches at St. Petersburg State University. Winner of the Golden Mask Russian National Theatre Award (Best Composer, 2019) and Casta Diva Russian Opera Award (2017) for the opera “Prose” (Stanislavsky Electrotheatre, Moscow). Lives and works in St. Petersburg.

Elena Rykova (born 1991, Ufa) is a composer working in the genre of musical performance. Graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (taught by Yuri Kasparov), the Cologne University of Music and Dance (taught by Johannes Schellhorn) and Harvard University (taught by Chaya Chernovin and Hans Tuchku). Teaches composition at Harvard College. Elena’s compositions were performed at such festivals as ECLAT (Stuttgart), Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik (Witten), Klangspuren (Schwaz), WIEN-Modern (Vienna), Darmstadt Music Festival (Darmstadt), Klang (Coppenhagen), Academy Vertixe SummerVIGO Solitude (Stuttgart), Tzlil Meudcan Festival (Tel Aviv). Lives and works in Boston.

Alexander Chernyshkov (born 1984, Kazan) - composer, performer, improviser. Graduated from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with a degree in Composition and Electro-Acoustic Composition (taught by professors Chaya Chernovin, Karlheinz Essl and Clemens Gadenstätter). Winner of "Step Left 2010" (St. Petersburg), New_AIR (Vienna). Participant of such festivals as Wien Modern (Vienna), Platforma (Moscow), Unsafe Sounds (Vienna), Izlog suvremenog zvuka (Zagreb) and others. Alexander’s music is performed by such ensembles and musicians as Studio for New Music (Moscow), Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME), Nostri Temporis (Kiev), MusikFabrik (Cologne), Nikel, PHACE (Vienna), Natalia Pshenichnikova, Vincent Daud, Karl Rosman. Lives and works in Vienna.

Alexandra Filonenko (born 1972, Moscow) is a composer. Graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (taught by Edison Denisov and Vladimir Tarnopolsky). Fellow of the Academy of Arts Berlin, Castle Solitude (Stuttgart), art residence Künstlerhof Schreyahn (Wustrow), Academy of Music Rheinsberg, Casa Baldi (Ravenna). Winner of international competitions such as: Händelfestspiele (Göttingen), Arbeiten mit Arditti (Boswil, Switzerland), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Berlin), Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin (Berlin), Young Euro Classik (Berlin). Alexandra’s works were performed at such festivals as: Ultraschall (Berlin), MärzMusik (Berlin), Klangspuren (Schwaz), Moscow Autumn (Moscow), Diaghilev Festival (Perm), and others. In 2016, Alexandra’s first CD “NACKT” was released by FANCYMUSIC label. Her works were performed by Ensemble Ascolta (Stuttgart), Ensemble Aleph (Alfortville), Kairos Quartett (Berlin), Arditti Quartett (London), Neue Vokalsolisten (Stuttgart), Solisten der Deutsche Oper Berlin (Berlin), Studio for New Music (Moscow), Maulwerker (Berlin), eNsemble (St. Petersburg), KNM (Berlin). Lives and works in Berlin.

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