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Russian - Italian Musical Connections


2018 Annual Conference


July 11-13, Vipiteno, Italy


“Russian – Italian Musical Connections”

This is the opening conference of the Institute for Russian Music Studies ((IRMS) hosted in Vipiteno July 11-13, 2018 under the auspices of the Orfeo Music Festival and the municipality of Vipiteno.

Scholars and students of Russian music from around the world are invited to submit paper proposals of new research in Russian music. This year’s conference is centered around the theme “Russian – Italian Musical Connections.” Additionally, we seek papers to be included in two special sessions to commemorate 110th anniversary since Rimsky-Korsakov’s death and 125th anniversary since Tchaikovsky’s death. The committee will select papers of special interest for conference presentations and panel sessions. Papers are planned as 25 min. presentations followed by short discussions. Papers will be considered for conference proceedings publication. The official languages of the conference are English and Russian (with provided English translation).

Special presentation of Tchaikovsky’s new Complete Works Academic Edition is planned by Dr. Aynbinder in association with the Russian State Institute for Art Studies, Tchaikovsky State Museum and Music Production International.

Conference committee:

Ada Aynbinder (Tchaikovsky State Museum, State Institute for Art Studies, Russia)

Emily Frey (Swarthmore College, USA)

Marina Frolova-Walker (Cambridge University, UK)

Larisa Jackson (University of Houston - Downtown, USA, OMF)

Simon Morrison (Princeton University, USA)


March 1, 2018: 1) Deadline for 300-400-word abstract. Include title of proposed paper, the state of research field and the contribution of the paper to the field. 2) Your 100-word biography, digital headshot, your name, institutional affiliation or independent scholar status and your contact information. Email to:

April 1, 2018: Paper acceptance notifications sent out. The committee will finalize the decision on the papers included in the conference by the end of March and will inform the contributors immediately thereafter.


April 1 – May 31, 2018: Complete Registration Form.

Fees: $145/€120 for 3 days (includes lunch); $60/€50 for 1 day (includes lunch); $40/€35 - conference dinner.

Hotel option is available for registered participants for a limited time on a first come basis, please see registration form, otherwise please make independent hotel reservations.


July 10 - arrival, July 14 or later - departure

Airports: The nearest major international airport is Munich. Innsbruck, Verona, Venice airports, as well as Munich, are easily accessible by train.

By car from North: Highway (Autostrada) A22
Exit soon after crossing Italian border
Follow signs to Vipiteno/Sterzing

By car from South: Highway (Autostrada) A22
Follow signs to Vipiteno/Sterzing (exit right before Austrian border)

By train: The train will take you to Fortezza where you need to transfer to Vipiteno.

For more information please see:


Hotel option is available for registered participants for a limited time on a first come basis, please see registration form, otherwise please make independent hotel reservations.


Conference schedule will become available shortly before the conference, please stand by.