Elena Rykova

Wednesday 10 November 2021, 12-2pm [online via Minerva]

Elena Rykova will share her recent work and talk about monochrome composition. She will focus on the following creations: Asymptotic Freedom II for six electric guitars recently premiered in Darmstadt, Silenced for two timpani and electronics, and 101% percent mind uploading for three performers inside a piano.


A composer and artist, Elena Rykova, explores a wide variety of genres in music and visual art, ranging from interdisciplinary and performance art to chamber and electroacoustic music. She brings together instruments and found objects, extending one through another and creating performative musical situations, often with a strong visual aspect. Her scores are characterized by innovative use of nontraditional notation, having been exhibited in art museums in her native Russia and abroad. She has written chamber works, music theatre pieces, and musical performances for major new music groups and festivals. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Music Composition at Harvard University.

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