Sixth International Young Composers Competition of the XIII Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi will be devoted to the memory of Alfred Schnittke and Svyatoslav Richter. The two great musicians of the twentieth century belonged to different generations and styles of musical art. They are united by their German descent, as well as the ways they lived their creative lives, full of powerful achievements and dramatic collisions. Both had a colossal impact on the twentieth century world art, as they often went against the stream and the universally accepted canons of Soviet art. Svyatoslav Richter never performed Schnittke who, in his turn, closely watched the evolution of the great musician. Representing the Neuhaus Russian piano school, Richter was, however, extremely open-minded and avoided trodden paths… It took Schnittke several decades to gain his right to recognition. An avant-garde musical dissident, he goes deep into the old traditions of European art.
The two musicians are also knit together by their interest in chamber music. Svyatoslav Richter is known for his passion for ensemble performance; among his stage partners were the famous instrumentalists of his time. Author of monumental oratorios and symphonies, Alfred Schnittke also worked on chamber pieces with great dedication; his piano quintet is one of the most widely performed pieces of the end of the twentieth century.
The jury is chaired by one of the leading Russian composers, People’s Artist of Russia, chair of the composition department of the Moscow Conservatory, professor Alexander Tchaikovsky.
The jury also includes the distinguished Polish composer and music specialist, former professor of the Academy of Music in Krakow and the Cologne University of Music, current professor of the Free Academy of Arts in Mannheim and the Polish Academy of Education Krzysztof Meyer; the Belgian composer, pedagogue, and art manager, organizer and director of international music festivals Patrick De Clerck. For the first time the jury will be joined by the world-famous Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa who combines the European canons and the Japanese culture in his music.
The jury will traditionally include musicians of the younger generation, laureates of international composers competitions and prize-winners: Valery Voronov, the musician from Belarus currently residing in Germany; the Italian-Swiss composer Oscar Bianchi; associate professor of the Moscow Conservatory, chairman of the Young Composers Club Kuzma Bodrov; the Golden Mask laureate, instructor of the Moscow Conservatory Alexey Syumak; and the Italian composer and journalist, reviewer of the famous Italian newspaper Corriere della sera, artistic director of MITO music festival Nicola Campogrande.