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International Musicological Symposium

6–7 October, 2023
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius

In 1923, the first festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music was held in Salzburg – the event became a model for the presentation of new music. The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) was the first international organization to consistently promote new music and to bring together networks of composers, performers, and music critics in this genre. Founded on the initiative of Austrian composers, the ISCM has become an influential platform for the presentation and dissemination of the work of young composers and has contributed to the careers of generations of creative young people. To celebrate the centenary of the movement that gave rise to the international musical avant-garde, the Research Centre of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, together with the ISCM Lithuanian and Austrian sections, is organizing a symposium and a series of concerts on 6 and 7 October 2023, with a special focus on the impulses of the musical (trans)avant-garde and the movements of young composers. The symposium program includes lectures by Georgina Born (University College London), Monika Voithofer (University of Vienna), invited presentations by musicologists from Poland, Serbia, Georgia, Lithuania, premieres of young composers in the concert programs of the ensembles Twenty Fingers Duo (Lithuania) and the duo ovocutters (Austria), Agustín Castilla-Ávila’s exhibition Still Life with Silence and a discussion on the global context of (trans)avant-garde movements in music, with the presentation of the collective monograph Sonic Utopias (2023).

Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre Research Centre
ISCM Lithuanian Section
ISCM Austrian Section

In collaboration
with Lithuanian Composers’ Union

Lithuanian Council for Culture
Stadt Salzburg
Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport


Full event videos:

Day 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wo4aJzxiUk

Day 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03wH_JwoPJw



22nd International conference of music theory “Principles of Music Composing: ASPECTS OF COMMUNICATION

Lithuanian Composers’ Union, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

November 16-18, 2022
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius

Individualization of compositional principles and the emergence of pluralistic conceptual ecologies on the global stage of contemporary music, inevitably lead to communicative challenges. It seems that now, more than ever, the musical discourse is segregated into many different communicative spaces—sociocultural “bubbles” where internalized intellectual tools determine a particular collective way of understanding. Various communicative intentions lead to a variety of different technical means of expression, and vice-versa—a miscellany of technical means and mediums of expression inspire different things and ways for composers to communicate.

The multifaceted nature of the subject requires us to approach it from carefully selected angles, which include, but are not limited to: the sociocultural context of the composer and/or composition; the conceptual idea and/or purpose of the composition; the intended venue; implementation of technology; interpretation by the performer; reception by the audience; etc. The unveiling of possible new alternatives for the development of national music is highly welcome and desirable, as the new communication possibilities of M. K. Čiurlionis’ music remain among the priorities of this annual conference.


Full event videos:

Day 1: https://youtu.be/lNaLYjxOAH4

Day 2: https://youtu.be/2t4_YqwauS8

Day 3: https://youtu.be/WHS1uVBBfiI



2022 July 5, Tuesday

Sinemateka (A. Goštauto 2, Vilnius) or online

In this one-day symposium, we will turn to the history of early and silent cinema of the Central-Eastern Europe. In the recent context of active discussions on the decolonisation of Eastern European culture and history, we will be paying greatest attention to the countries whose cinema history has been sparsely debated in the international historiography. We will consider the characteristics of the cinema of this region, the emergence and development of which depended on the empires, i.e., Russia, Habsburg. While trying to liberate ourselves from the unified concept of the Central-Eastern Europe, we will delve into the unique and highly diverse cinema history of Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and the Czech Republic. Judith Thissen (Utrecht university, the Netherlands), Oleksandr Teliuk, Anna Onufriienko (Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre, Ukraine), Łukasz Biskupski (University of Łódź, Poland), Lina Kaminskaitė-Jančorienė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), Martin Kos (Masaryk University, the Czech Republic), Inga Pērkone (Latvian Academy of Culture) will give their presentations on the topic.

The symposium has been organised by the media education and research centre Meno Avilys, the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. The event will also be accompanied by free of charge live music and Ukrainian silent cinema events held under the Liubartas Bridge (Vilnius, Lithuania).

𝗔 𝗱𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗺𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗻: https://menoavilys.org/symposium

The Biennial Baltic Musicological Conference

 Music and Visual Culture: Score, Stage, and Screen 

Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius, Lithuania, 6–8 October 2022.