I have studied at the Sibelius-Academy in 1998-2005 and at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien in 2004-2008. Since 2010 I am a doctorate student at the DocMus department if the Sibelius-Academy. My supervisor is Margit Rahkonen and my written thesis is supervised by Anne Sivuoja-Kauppala.
The key figure of my project is Dmitri Shostakovich. The artistic part of my project is an attempt to find different possibilities of perception through contextualization. Every concert program provides a certain context to Shostakovich's works – musical, cultural, political, historical etc.
Intermediality is of particular interest to me. Since Russian culture has always been a literature-focused one tracing similarities between music and literature (fiction, non-fiction, literary criticism) of Shostakovich's time is an exciting and rewarding task.
My written thesis will be an attempt of perceving certain works by Shostakovich in a close connection with XX century literary practices in Russia/Soviet Union. Most interesting influences for me are the ”Formal school”, the ”Bakhtin circle”, rise of poetry in the 1960s and the ”dissident movement”.