Concerts – 2016

Symmetry Festival 2016 Vienna Music Nights

Concert program:

Concert Hall of the Collegium Hungaricum Vienna (Hollandstraße 4, 1020   Wien, Metro: Schwedenplatz)

The SymFest’2016 “Music and Symmetry” program is divided in two concert nights July 19-20 2016.

The SymFest’2016 concert program is scheduled in five performances, each of which is dedicated to different kinds of music: Biocomputer Music; Genetic Music; Symmetry in contemporary music; Genetics, 5D Geometry, Multimedia Art; Symmetry in classical music.

1) July 19, Tuesday

Biocomputer Music

Eduardo Miranda (composer)

Film: «On Making Music with Organic Processors: Biocomputer Music»

«Biocomputer Music»
Eduardo Miranda (prepared piano) and Edward Braund (technical assistant)

19:15 – 20:45

Exhibition Opening in the UngArt Gallery

The exhibition will be opened by László Beke and …

Reception with a wine party (courtesy of the Collegium Hungaricum)

During the reception there will be played soundtrack of piano music «Magic Stars»  by composer Sergei Zagny

2) July 19, Tuesday

Genetic Music (world premiere)

Ivan Soshinsky (composer)

«Song of Genome»
Ivan Soshinsky (virtual flute & electronics)

Series of genetic miniatures «Kinder perpetuums»
Natalia Cherkasova (digital piano)

«Fata Morgana»
Benjamin Skepper (electric cello), Ivan Soshinsky (live electronics)

Two genetic etudes «The Hot Sea» and «Striving»
Natalia Cherkasova (digital piano), Ivan Soshinsky (interactive visuals)

«Magnetic ostinato»
Marina Rubinshtein (flute), Ivan Soshinsky (live electronics)

Viktoriia Soshinskaia (dance), Marina Rubinshtein (flute), Benjamin Skepper (cello), Natalia Cherkasova (digital piano), Ivan Soshinsky (live electronics, visuals)

3) July 20, Wednesday

Symmetry in contemporary music

J. S. Bach – I. S. Soshinsky

«Prelude in C-Major»
Natalia Cherkasova (piano), Ivan Soshinsky (video)

Sergei Zagny (composer)

«Piece No.4»
Marina Rubinshtein (flute)

Natalia Cherkasova (digital piano)

Tom Johnson (composer)

«Counting Keys», two movements
Tom Johnson (piano)

Three movements of the «Music for 88»
«Multiplication table»,
«Pascal’s Triangle»,
«Abundant Numbers»,
Tom Johnson (piano)

19:45–20:00 Break


Genetics, 5D Geometry, Multimedia Art

«[A, G ; C, T/U] Epita Matrix Genetics»
Mia Zabelka (composer, improvisation, violin)
Benjamin Skepper (composer, multimedia art, cello)
Renate Quehenberger (interactive real time music visualization)

20:30–20:45 Break


Symmetry in classical music

Konstantin Zenkin (piano)
Mozart, «Sonata F-dur», KV280

Marina Rubinshtein (flute)
Debussy, «Syrinx»

Roy Howat (piano)
Schubert, «1st movement of Sonata in A», D.959
Debussy, «Images for piano, 1re série»
Schubert, «Finale of Sonata in C minor», D.958

«Music and Symmetry»
19-20, July, 2016 in Vienna.

The planned «Music and Symmetry» program is divided in two concert nights in five concerts. The individual concerts include: Biocomputer music, (2) Genetic music (3) Symmetry in contemporary music, and (4) Genetics, 5D Geometry, Multimedia Art, (5) Symmetry in classical music.

genetic music logo

The world premiere of the introduction of the “genetic music” (2), is based on Fibonacci-stages scales is related with parametric characteristics of the molecular genetic system (DNA molecules). The other parts of the concert include the minimalist composer, Tom Johnson, a former student of Morton Feldman (USA/F), Eduardo Reck Miranda (UK) with bio-music, the Scottish musicologist and pianist Roy Howat (UK), a multimedia performance planned by Renate Queheberger and her team, and others.

The goal of the contemporary music concerts is a public representation of a few essential directions of creativity in the field of modern music and symmetries. One of them is so called “genetic music”, which is based on Fibonacci-stages scales related with parametric characteristics of the molecular genetic system (DNA molecules). This genetic music is developed in the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory by a team of musicians, first of all, Alexander Koblyakov, Ivan Soshinsky, Ivan Stepanyan, Michail Puchkov on the basis of mathematical and genetic researches of Sergey Petoukhov in the Russian Academy of Sciences. Possible applications of genetic music for musical therapy are also analyzed. The first concert of the genetic music has been successfully conducted in Vienna on 4 June 2015.

[A, G ; C, T/U] Matrix Genetics in Sound and Vision
A multimedia production by Renate Quehenberger of genetic music with a visual projection of 3D animated geometric configurations matching audible symmetries.

Compositions in genetic music scales will be written by one of the developers of this new direction of music culture: the Russian biophysicist and composer Ivan Soshinsky.
Solo sets by the Austrian sound artist and violinist Mia Zabelka and the Australian-Japanese cellist, cembalist and composer Benjamin Skepper are completing the multinational genetic-symphony.

The art researcher Renate Quehenberger develops — on the base of her 5-dimensional geometry researches —  a synchronic visualization related with the acoustic patterns of the newly developed genetic music scales. These scales are based on matrix genetics, — algebraic descriptions of the genetic alphabets and quint genomatrices of Hydrogen bonds of DNA — developed by the Russian scientist Sergey Petoukhov, whose lecture will be read in the conference program of the Symmetry Festival, in the session devoted to “Music and Symmetry”.

(A) The following composers, performers and visual artists will participate in the concerts Music and Symmetry:

From France and USA:

Tom JohnsonTom Johnson

Tom Johnson received B. A. and M. Mus. degrees from Yale University, and studied composition privately with Morton Feldman. He is considered a minimalist, since he works with simple forms, limited scales, and generally reduced materials, but he proceeds in a more logical way than most minimalists, often using formulas, permutations, predictable sequences and various mathematical models. Johnson is well known for his operas: The Four Note Opera (1972). Often played non-operatic works include Bedtime Stories, Rational Melodies, Music and Questions, Counting Duets, Tango, Narayana’s Cows, and Failing: a very difficult piece for solo string bass. Johnson received the French national prize in the victoires de la musique in 2001 for Kientzy Loops.

 From UK and Brasil:
Eduardo Reck MirandaEduardo Reck Miranda

Eduardo Reck Miranda is a Brazilian composer currently working in the United Kingdom, where he is Professor in Computer Music and leader of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR) at the Plymouth University. He is one of the main protagonists of Music Neurotechnology and a pioneer of using interactive biocomputing in musical composition and performance. The inside story of his acclaimed choral symphony, Sound to Sea, is revealed in the book Thinking Music, published by University of Plymouth Press (ISBN 978-1-84102-3-601). The book includes the full score and a CD with the recording of the premiere by Ten Tors Orchestra.

From UK and USA:

Roy HowatRoy Howat

Distinguished pianist and scholar. Roy Howat presents a public masterclass at the University of Washington (Seattle). He teaches at the Royal Academy of Music (London), and has published Debussy in Proportion (Cambridge, 1983) and The Art of French Piano Music (Yale, 2009). A Steinway Artist, he is editing the Urtext version of Gabriel Fauré’s works for Peters Edition.

(photo credit Fleur Kilpatrick)

(B) The following composers, performers and visual artists will participate in the concert and performance program [A, G; C, T/U] Matrix Genetics in Sound and Vision – project:

From Austria:

Mia ZabelkaMia Zabelka

Mia Zabelka is an internationally performing sound artist and violinist. Since April 2015 Mia Zabelka is the president of the Society for Free Improvisation and Experimental Music Austria (SFIEMA). She is the artistic director of Klanghaus Untergreith in South-Styria / Austria and Phonofemme Festival in Vienna / Austria. The recent edition of Phonofemme, which took place in October 2015 at the Wiener Konzerthaus.

(photo credit Sasa Felsbach)


Renate QuehenbergerRenate Quehenberger

Renate Quehenberger MA, Cand Phil., art researcher, film director, curator and art reviewer, based in Vienna/Austria. Currently she is editing the homonymous book about her art research project “Quantum Cinema – a digital vision” ((funded by FWF, 2010-2013 in collaboration with Peter Weibel). Besides scientific publications in quantum physics, geometry and social sciences she is writing art-reviews published on Her contribution to mathematics is the 3D representation of the Penrose Kites and Darts Tilings (named Epitahedra), unit-cells in a 5-dimensional space. As Art-Scie-author Arthur I. Miller puts it, “The fifth element – the quintessence – has its geometrical form as an epitahedron.”


From Australia and Japan:

Benjamin SkepperBenjamin Skepper

Benjamin Skepper is multi media artist, classically trained musician, composer, and cultural advocate based between Tokyo and Melbourne. He is a Foreign Representative and Ambassador of the Genetic Music School“, Invited Fellow of the Moscow Conservatory, Brand Ambassador and Endorsed Artist for Yamaha Music. He is also the Australian Ambassador for Culture to Russia and uses art as a vehicle for global diplomacy.


From Russia:

genetic music logo by the Genetic Music Group of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow

Ivan SoshinskyIvan Soshinsky

Composer, a member of the Russian Union of Composers. He graduated from the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 2012 and he works there now. Musical works by him were performed in the halls of the Moscow Conservatory, at the festival Moscow Autumn, in France, the Netherlands and Austria. Before the Moscow Conservatory he has graduated Moscow M. V. Lomonosov State University as a biophysicist in 2002, and he worked as a biophysicist for the Russian Academy of Sciences. Sphere of interests: compositions of academic music, mathematics, algorithms and computer programming, electronic music. His musical pieces of genetic music were successfully performed in the concert held in Vienna on 4 June 2015.


Genetic Music Composition and Visualization mentor:

Sergey V. PetoukhovSergey V. Petoukhov

Sergey V. Petoukhov, Prof. Dr. Phys.-Math. Sci, Laureate of the State prize of the USSR, head of the Laboratory of Biomechanical Systems at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. He is a leading member of the Center of Interdisciplinary Studies of Musical Creativity of the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He is a chairman of the Advisory Board of the International Symmetry Association., co-leader of multi-year scientific cooperation between Russian and Hungarian Academies of Sciences. In 2012, the Chinese government has included Petoukhov in its official List of Outstanding Scientists in the World. He is professor of the Moscow Physical-Technical Institute.


Konstantin ZenkinKonstantin Zenkin

Prof. Konstantin Zenkin is Vice Rector for Science in the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He is a professional pianist and musicologist. Dr. Zenkin is the author of 4 books and more than 130 papers on various aspects of music history, music philosophy and history of piano performance, participant in more than 230 international conferences. His Ph.D. thesis was entitled Chopin’s Piano Miniature and its Role in the Historical Artistic Process (1987) and his Doctor of Fine Arts thesis Piano Miniature and the Ways of Musical Romanticism (1996).


Alexander KoblyakovAlexander Koblyakov

Prof. Alexander Koblyakov, Dean of the Composition Faculty of the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He is Head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Musical Creativity at the Conservatory where researches of different aspects of genetic music are conducted. He is a Laureate of the International Composers’ Competition. Member of a) the Russian Union of Composers; the Union of Cinematographers; the Board of the Moscow branch of the Union of Composers of the Russian Federation; the Admissions Committee of the Composers’ Union of Russia; and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts Nika.


Natalia CherkasovaNatalia Cherkasova

Natalia Cherkasova (piano) completed her postgraduate studies at the Moscow State Conservatory in 2005. Natalia won a lot of young performers competitions (in Dobrich, Bulgaria, 2001, Krakow, Poland, 2006 and so on). She combines her solo activities with ensemble playing, taking part at such festivals as Moscow Autumn and Moscow Forum. She took part also in different master-classes and workshops of such performers and composers like Beat Furrer, Philippe Hurel, ensemble Recherche and many others. Since 2005 she is a member of Studio for New Music ensemble in the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory.


Marina RubinsteinMarina Rubinstein

Marina Rubinstein (flute) graduated in the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory at the Faculty of Modern Music. She is winner and recipient of prizes of International competitions in Moscow, Vienna, Rome. As a part of a trio, she became the owner of a prize for the best performance of classical work at the competition of chamber music in Caltanissetta (Italy). Marina is soloist of the ensemble Studio of New Music under control of V. Tarnopolski (Conductor I. Dronov) in the Moscow Conservatory. She is playing with the ensemble Academy of ancient music under control of T. Grindenko.

Sergei ZagnySergei Zagny

Composer, musicologist and associate professor at the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Zagny performs his own music, playing piano, organ and nontraditional instruments. His work has been published by Long Arms Records, Dom Records and Fancymusic. In his paper, Imitation: Traditional and Nontraditional Transformations of Melodies, a new theory of imitation and canon is described (first published in English in Perspectives of New Music, Volume 37 Number 2, Summer 1999). He is probably the first composer to work with Magic Stars. First Russian “John Cage Prize” Laureate (1992).


The Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Vienna sponsors the genetic music project introduced at the concert, and plans to organize the next concert of genetic music from the Moscow Conservatory in Autumn 2016 in its own concert hall in Vienna on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Moscow Conservatory.