Thursday, December 3, 2015

St. Petersburg

By mid-October the Danish Cultural Institute in St. Petersburg hosted a conference on Carl Nielsen with many Russian researchers and musicians participating. I contributed a paper and possibly acted as "key-note" speaker. The travel included a lecture at the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory and a presentation in the city of Petrozavodsk, where the conservatory is known to be the northernmost in the world. I was happily accompanied by Finn Andersen, the committed and inventive head of the institute. His Russian wife, Elena, fluent in Danish, acted as my expert interpreter. With a week in the a spacy flat at Fontanka, belonging to the institute, the visit was truly memorable.

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