Elena Rykova

Winner of RheinSilber Award 2016

Life expectancy. Experience #2. Your Moon.

(11 min.)

Premiere of the composition commissions II:
B | Kunst-Station Sankt Peter
Sunday, May 22, 3 p.m.


Elena Rykova is a composer, performance artist, and improvisator. Born 1991 in Ufa, Russia, she studied composition at the Moscow State Conservatory under Yuri Kasparov and since October 2015 studies the master program in composition under Johannes Schöllhorn at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. She is the winner of the 2015 Frederic Mompou International Award of the 36th Young Composer Competition for Saxophone Quartets in Barcelona, and participated in the ECLAT festival 2016 with the musical performance The Mirror of Galadriel. Elena was nominated for the Gaudeamus Prize in 2013 and was one of the finalists of the Kandinsky Prize 2014. She also received a scholarship of the Berlin Academy of Arts in 2016 and was chosen to represent Russia during the ISCM-World Music Days 2016 in Tongyeong, South Korea. Her music is played in France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Finland, Israel, Russia, and South Korea. She has participated e.g. in the WIEN-Modern Festival in Austria (2015), the VertixeVIGO festival in Spain (2015), the Summer Academy Schloss Solitude with Chaya Czernowin, Ming Tsao and Rebecca Saunders (2015), the Summer Academy of the Tzlil Meudcan Festival in Israel with Pierluigi Billone, Dimitri Kourliandski and Nikel Ensemble (2015), the 47th International Music Festival 2014 in Darmstadt, Moscow Ensemble Academy (2012, 2013, 2014). Her musical performances and pieces include specifically built instruments and objects, found objects, musical theatre, components of choreography and non-specified instrumentation.