A Joint Educational Project of the Center for Contemporary Music of the Moscow Conservatory and the portal

The seminar presents a somewhat unusual angle in discussion of music criticism. Its subject range departs from the presently widespread genre of lectures «How to Write an Advertisement”, “How to Take an Interview”, “Ten Names Which it is Impossible Not to Know”, etc. As part of this educational program, we shall examine the discipline of criticism not as writing texts in standard formats, but as an important part of the musical infrastructure.

Seminar contains 6 thematic parts.

I. How to structure a lists of events, how to find a main things and growing tendencies

Andrey Ustinov — principal editor of the newspaper «Review of Music
Gulyara Sadih-Zade — journalist
Vladislav Tarnopolski — principal editor of the

II. How to talk to the general public

Larissa Kirillina — musicologist, professor of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory
Roman Berchenko — journalist of the Orpheus-radio
Alexey Munipov — journalist, author of the telegram-channel «Fermata»

III. How to formulate actual problems and talk about it

Marina Davydova — principal editor of the “Moscow art magazine”
Marina Raku — musicologist, principal researcher of State University of Art History

IV. Lectures by famous culturologists and art historians about key concept of the modern humanitarian science

Anatoly Osmolovsky — visual artist and art theorist, founder of the BAZA Institute
Mikhail Velizhev — culturologist, professor of Higher School of Economics
Igor Kondakov — culturologist, professor of Russian State Humanitarian University

V. Learning foreign experience and exchanging points of view about modern Russian culture with international journalists

Kerstin Holm (Germany) — editor of the culture section in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Etienne Bouche (France) — journalist, author of articles in Liberation and another publications

VI. Practice

Conversation of the texts written by seminar participants
Ekaterina Biryukova — editor of the section «Classical Music» in

History of the Project

The First Seminar took place in 2016 and was scheduled for the 150th anniversary of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Lectures were read by journalists among the graduates and faculty members of the Moscow Conservatory: Piotr Pospelov, Evgenia Krivitskaya, Marina Gaikovich, Tatyana Kurysheva, winners of Russian and international prizes in the sphere of journalism Yaroslav Timofeyev and Vladislav Tarnopolski, faculty member of the Moscow Conservatory and the Journalism Department of the Moscow State University Roman Nasonov, etc.

The listeners of the lectures were the students and graduate students of the Moscow, Kazan and Nizhni-Novgorod Conservatories, the Russian Gnessins’ Academy of Music, the Moscow State Conservatory, the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, the Urals Federal University, the Vyatka State University, GITIS (the State Institute for the Art of Theater), four departments of the Higher School of Economics, the Vaganova Ballet Academy, the University of Print, the Academy of Theater and Music of Estonia, apprentices and members of the Russian National Orchestra, the Moscow Regional Philharmonic Society, the Belgorod Philharmonic Society, the First Television Canal and the State Television and Radio Company Kultura, Associations of Youth Media, the journals Expert, Afisha, TimeOut, Mezhdunarodnaya zhizn’ [International Life], Rossiyskaya gazeta, Moskovskaya nemetskaya gazeta [Moscow German Newspaper], the projects Aktsent, Syurtuk, Rolling Stone Russia, MoveUp, the First Ecological Radio Bud’!, etc.