highSCORE New Music Festival and Master Classes

11th edition, Pavia (Italy) / 10-22 August 2020


highSCORE Festival is today’s leading Italian 
Contemporary Music Festival offering unique programs with masterclasses specifically shaped for composers, one of the «ten summer festivals to get the contemporary music blood pumping» (Composition: Today). The upcoming 11th edition (August 10-22, 2020) features an outstanding internationally recognized faculty roster: Steven Mackey and Judith Weirguests of honor; David Ludwig, Helena Tulve and Dmitri Tymoczko, the core of our composition faculty. Guest ensembles and performers invited to perform the music submitted by participant composers are Simone BeneventiQuartetto Zuena and unassisted fold. Moreover, For the 11th edition applicants to the full composition program can submit an electroacoustic fixed media stereo work with or without video (acousmatic, music concréte, soundscape, electronic music, etc.), which will be performed in a dedicated concert. Application deadline is April 15, 2020.

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. The Festival offers composers a choice between 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.

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 University Campus dormitory. Each apartment is equipped with kitchen, bathroom, 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 Merry-Go-Sound.