International Scriabin 150 Festival
* Online *
11-13th November 2022
(10am - 6pm, Eastern Time)


Festival Schedule, Friday, November 11, 2022  

10:00-10:30 am EST     Welcome note from the Scriabin Society of America Executive Board, festival patron (A.S. Scriabin), and other Scriabin societies around the world

10:30 am-11:30 am        Lecture: Scriabin @ 150: Harlow Robinson (USA)

11:30 am-12:00 pm        Live Art and poetry inspired by Scriabin’s piano music: Bobbi Bicker (UK), art + Yoon Seok Shin (UK/Korea), piano + Sherry Grant (NZ), poetry

12:00-12:30 pm              Lecture: Exploring the relation between color and harmony in Scriabin’s music: Martin Kaptein (Holland)

12:30-1:00 pm                Lunch break

1:00-1:30 pm                  Recital by Anna Fedorova (Ukraine)

1:30-2:00 pm                  Lecture: Philosophy and Scriabin: David Proud (philosopher, UK)

2:00-3:00 pm                 Presentation by SSA Board Member: Lecture Recital on Scriabin Twenty-Four Preludes, Op. 11 by James Palmer (USA)

3:00-3:30 pm                 Presentation by SSA Board Member: Farhan Malik (USA)

3:30-4:00 pm                 Lecture: Scriabin & Synesthesia, Sean Day (neuroscientist, USA)

4:00-6:00 pm                Student Recital          

Festival Schedule, Saturday, November 12, 2022

10:00-10:30 am             Presentation by SSA Board Member: Matthew Bengtson (USA) recital

10:30-11:30                     Lecture: Scriabin’s compositional language & structure, Dr. Jay Reise (USA)

11:30 am-12:00 pm       Announcement of Haiku Competition Results, Judges’ Comments & Reading

12:00-12:30 pm.             Lecture: Synesthesia and Haiku, Owen Bullock (haiku poet, Australia)

12:30-1:00 pm                Lunch break

1:00-1:30 pm                  Presentation by SSA Board Member: Dmitry Rachmanov  recital

1:30-3:30 pm                 Piano Master Class with Anatole Leikin (live zoom)

3:30-4:00 pm                 Theosophical Societies Lecture: Murray Stentiford (NZ) 

4:00-4:30 pm                 Scriabin's Hand Injury: Rae de Leslie (NZ)

4:30-5:00 pm                 Scriabin and Jazz (Mike del Ferro/Holland, Aaron Mobley/USA and Mitch Hampton/USA)

5:00 – 6:00pm               Panel discussion: Scriabin @ 150 (live zoom) DR, FM, MB: Mementos from the History of SSA and more

Festival Schedule, Sunday, November 13, 2022

10:00-10:30 am               Lecture-Recital: Alexey Chernov (Russia)

10:30-11:30 am                Lecture: Scriabin, the Silver Age, and its Legacies: Rebecca Mitchell (USA) 

11:30-12:00 pm                Orchestral transcriptions of Scriabin works: Thomas Goss (NZ)

12:00-12:30 pm                Conducting Scriabin: Gianmaria Griglio (Italy/Netherlands)

12:30-1:00 pm                  Lunch break

1:00-1:30 pm                    Lecture-Recital on Scriabin's 4th Piano Sonata: Bruno Vlahek, Croatian pianist, 1st prize winner of 2010 Scriabin Competition, Paris

1:30-3:30 pm                   Piano Master Class with Jerome Lowenthal (live zoom)

3:30–4:30pm                    Panel discussion: final thoughts, Q&A (live zoom)

4:30-6pm                         Film: Scriabin in Himalayas: directed by Jarek Kotomski (UK) (world premiere)

Presentation Summaries

Rae de Leslie (NZ): Scriabin's Hand Injury: Would Current Research Have Changed the Outcome for Scriabin?

David Proud (philosopher, UK): Philosophy and Scriabin

Scriabin was a composer deeply immersed in philosophy, in particular the German philosopher Hegel, whom he frequently quoted from, and my presentation will focus upon one particular Hegelian idea that Scriabin was struck by and applied in his compositions as I will demonstrate how philosophy and music can work together. The Hegelian idea is that quantity in growing indefinitely transforms into quality and this is a manifestation of inner experience as Hegel speculated that the entire history of the world also conformed to this evolutionary process of gradual accumulation and growth and upon reaching a degree of saturation humankind would terminate in a world catastrophe leading in turn to a new evolution, a new increase in tension a new crisis. Scriabin, whose late sonatas for instance are constructed according to a uniform succession of states, associated this philosophy of life with the specific structure of his major works which to him represented a series of gradual expansions systematically and logically evolving in the direction of a final ecstasy.

Owen Bullock (haiku poet, Australia): Synesthesia and Haiku 

I’ll define synesthesia briefly (as senses felt together or blended), and talk about an example from music, in the compositions of Scriabin. Then we’ll look at examples of synesthesia in haiku. Hopefully, the audience will gain a greater understanding of how synesthesia can be used as a technique, even if you’re not synesthetic, and also, in a nuanced way, how it differs slightly from the concept of sense-switching which is sometimes used in the literature.


Bruno Vlahek (pianist/composer, Croatia) 

Lecture-Recital on Scriabin's 4th Piano Sonata

Scriabin's Fourth Sonata is considered as a turning point in his composition style. Written in 1903, it was a year of turbulent changes in his personal and professional life which reflect in this piece. Preceding the break with tonality and tradition of later works, it is still colored by romantic aura that starts giving a way to the new philosophy of mysticism and ecstatic „flight to a distant star“. The presentation will touch some of the Sonata's key elements such as symbolism of numbers and aesthetic ideas that impregnate this fascinating work.