International Research-to-Practice conference
14-15 October, 2022

The 21st century is existing for almost quarter a century. During this period European art as a phenomenon and music as its counterpart didn`t stop developing. In the sphere of contemporary classical music Kaija Saariaho is one of the most prominent persons. Among her works there are operas, symphonic pieces, chamber compositions.

Saariaho`s way to the heights of her profession was long and arduous: she began as a student of Paavo Heinonen in the Sibelius Academy, then continued at the composition courses with Brian Ferneyhough and Klaus Huber. Afterwards she moved to Paris and studied with spectralist composers Gerard Grisey and Tristan Murail, contacted to her contemporaries Marc-Andre Dalbavie and Philip Hurel, worked on the pieces for different instruments and different genres. Her favorite instruments are cello (and the performer Anssi Cartunen) and flute (performer Kamilla Hitenga). She is interested in the problems of contemporary music theory: from, instrumentation, new performing techniques. Being an artistically gifted person she seeks for her inspiration in different spheres: literature (Marcel Proust, Amin Maaluf, Virginia Woolf, Saint-Jon Perce; cinema (Ingmar Bergman); painting (Vassili Kandinski)

Multifaceted activies of Kaia Saariaho formed the main trends of the conference:

• Saariaho and her contemporaries
• Contemporary music and its relation to the sister arts
• Contemporary music history and theory
• Composition and education for composers in Europe

The conference will take place at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

A mixed version of the conference is planned, combining face-to-face and online formats.

Speaking time: 20 minutes, discussion of the report 10 minutes.

Participation in the conference is free of charge, there is no organizational fee for participants. Travel expenses and accommodation are not paid. A personal invitation to the conference is sent upon request.

Applications for participation in the conference are accepted until September 25, 2022 at:

In the application, you must specify:

Full name 
Academic degree (if available)
Academic title (if available)
Place of work or study
Theme of the report (in Russian or English)
Keywords (in Russian or English, from 5 to 7 words)
Abstracts (in Russian or English, 350-500 words in each case)
Form of participation (face-to-face or online)
Necessary technical equipment for the report