CNM Concert Season 36

David Gompper, Director

Concerts IV & V




 Lecturers and



Music of the XXI Century

Lectures & Concerts

At the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire

October 30
November 2, 2001

Music by Composers from the
Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and the
University of Iowa School of Music

Performed jointly by musicians from:

      Ensemble Studio New Music
      Vladimir Tarnopolski, artistic director,
      Igor Dronov, conductor

      The Center for New Music Ensemble
      David Gompper, director and conductor


The Center for Contemporary Music was formed in 1993 as an independent department in the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. The Center unites musicians of all professions whose interests are concentrated in the field of contemporary music. It plays a leading role in Russia in the development of this art, supporting and encouraging composition, performance and research of serious music.

The activities of Center for Contemporary Music include the organizations of an Annual International Festival for Contemporary Music known as Moscow Forum, concerts for Russian and foreign musicians and ensembles, meetings with Russian and foreign composers, workshops and lectures about newest contemporary performing techniques by well-known contemporary performers, musicological conferences, young composers' competitions and performances of pieces by young composers, monthly concerts by the Center's base group Studio New Music, collaboration with musicians, ensembles and contemporary music organizations, promotion of new Russian music at home and abroad and also various publication projects.


The Studio New Music Ensemble, one of the Russia's major contemporary music groups, was founded by composer Vladimir Tarnopolski and conductor Igor Dronov, in 1993. The main aim of ensemble is to integrate Russian music into the contemporary Inter-European musical and cultural developments. The ensemble consists for the most part of graduate students of a special class contemporary ensemble of the post-graduate program of Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow.

The basis of the ensemble's programs is 20th century music. Among the vast repertoire of the Studio special attention is given to the Russian Avant-garde of the 1920's as well as compositions by contemporary composers, written especially for the Studio New Music. Another particular interest is also given to all kinds of collaboration with young composers in competitions, workshops, master classes and various other forms.

Studio New Music regularly presents concerts in some of the most famous concert halls in Moscow, and frequently goes on tours within Russia, in the former Soviet republics and in Europe. During the years of its existence the ensemble gave nearly a hundred concerts, on a monthly basis, each time with new programs; it also took part in numerous international festivals of contemporary music in Russia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Finland, Germany, Netherlands and Portugal. It recorded a number pieces for various foundations and radio stations, produced several CDs by Russian and foreign contemporary composers, including series of CD-portraits by most famous Russian contemporary composers on the Belgian label Megadisc.

Studio New Music is the basis ensemble of the Moscow Forum Festival of contemporary music, which is organized by the Center of Contemporary Music of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory.


The Center for New Music (CNM) is a performing organization devoted to 20th century repertoire and is the focus of contemporary composition and performance at the University of Iowa. The Center, like the internationally renowned Writers Workshop, embodies the institution's commitment to the vital role of the creative arts at the frontiers of human experience.

The Center was originally funded by a $100,000 matching grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in 1966. From the start, the Center sparked the composition of new works expressly for the ensemble, and it brought exciting professional realizations of both local and international repertories to the University community as well as to tour audiences throughout the state of Iowa and beyond. The Center functions as a laboratory and performance extension of the School's composition area and as a repertory ensemble for the creation and presentation of new music in general. The Center also serves as the locus of activities for guest composers whose visits range from a few days to entire academic terms.

As the Center enters its 36th year, it remains an advocate of contemporary music performance. The Center's programming reflects the eclectic range of compositional styles currently being written, as well as what is considered classic repertoire from the 20th century. The quality of performance is based on working with a core ensemble, grounded in solid repertoire over an extended period of time. The Center seeks to build new and more diverse audiences through outreach concerts, and to establish a professional reputation through CD recordings as well as through the invitation of guest composers and performers nationally.