Elena Rykova

A composer and artist, Elena Rykova (*1991), 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. Elena Rykova is a frequent participant and invited guest of international music festivals, such as: Darmstadt Music Festival, ECLAT, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Klangspuren, WIEN-Modern, Klang, VertixeVIGO, Tzlil Meudcan Festival, Ensems, Mixtur, Warsaw Autumn, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, New Talents Biennale in Cologne, Ultima, Impuls, and others. Some of the ensembles who have played Rykova’s music include Nikel, Curious Chamber Players, Neopercusión, Frames Percussion, IEMA, Mosaik, Aksiom, Nemø, the London Contemporary Ensemble, UmeDuo, Down the Rabbit Hole, Calefax Reed Quintet, the Black Page Orchestra, ensemble x.y, ensemble Lunaire, Ufa Sextet, Opera lab Berlin, Garage, No Hay Banda, hand werk, Vertixe Sonora, Moscow contemporary music ensemble, FACES, UMS’n JIP, SurPlus, and others. Rykova is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Music Composition at Harvard University. She has been invited as a guest composition professor in The Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC). Among other honors are RheinSilber Award at New Talents Biennale in Cologne, finalist of the Kandinsky Prize in Moscow, finalist of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Frederic Mompou International Award, Distinguished Fellow of Junge Akademie der Künste in Berlin, and others.