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Composer: Varlamova, Natalia (b. 1973)

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Year of birth1973
NationalityRussia
Period20th century
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An International Composers Competition in St. Petersburg: Part 1

Andrei Petrenko conducting the Mariinsky Theatre Chorus  ©  Vladimir Postnov
Last week, I was lucky enough to visit St. Petersburg to hear two concerts featuring winning pieces from the newly-launched St. Romanos Melodos I International Composers Competition. The aim of this competition is to revive ‘the spiritual and musical traditions founded in pre-revolution Russia’, and it was a fascinating window for me into a very different musical culture.