highSCORE New Music Festival and Master Classes

highSCORE Festival 9th edition, Pavia (Italy) / 6-18 August 2018

highSCORE Festival is today’s leading Italian Contemporary Music Festival offering unique masterclasses specifically shaped for composers, one of the «ten summer festivals to get the contemporary music blood pumping» (Composition: Today). The upcoming 9th edition (August 6-18, 2018) features an outstanding faculty roster: Helmut Lachenmann and Toivo Tulevguests of honor; Amy Beth KirstenSarah Kirkland SniderDmitri Tymoczko, and Christopher Theofanidis the core of our Composition faculty. Guest performers invited to perform the music submitted by participant composers are Quartetto IndacoTrio Mythos and unassisted fold. Application deadline: April 14th, 2018.

Founded in 2010 and set every summer in historical Pavia (Northern Italy), highSCORE Festival is an invaluable venue for emerging composers wanting to produce and promote their work, inspire audiences with their music, secure future commissions and job opportunities, and join other musicians to create a vibrant artistic community. Musicians work closely with a renowned faculty, talented visiting artists and special guests from around the world for two intense weeks of masterclasses, lectures, workshops and concerts. It offers composers a choice of two programs of study – an intense Full Composition Program and a Light Composition Program – along with several concerts and recreational events to enjoy the beauty of northern Italy. Performances during the festival are presented at cultural and historical sites throughout Pavia. Such venues included the famous church of St. Peter in the Golden Sky where St. Augustine and Boetius are buried.

The “F. Vittadini” Higher Institute of Music Studies, Pavia’s conservatory, with its large, well-equipped rooms with Vertical and Grand Pianos, is the core of the highSCORE Festival. Accommodation will be in shared rooms at the Campus Residence Dormitory. Each apartment is equipped with kitchen, bathroom, air conditioning, and wireless connection. The compound also includes a study room, a launderette, and a bicycle parking area. Newly built are a fitness center, a beauty SPA, covered and open air pools, and a cafeteria.

The festival, under the young and creative artistic direction of Giovanni Albini and the executive production of Paolo Fosso, is produced by the highSCORE New Music Center.