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Orlov Vladimir

Associate Professor, Department of Theory and Methodology for Teaching Arts and Humanities, Ph.D. in Musicology (Clare College, University of Cambridge)

Vladimir Orlov received his first degree as a pianist (Kirov College of Arts, with honors, 1998). In 2003 he had graduated from Nizhny Novgorod Glinka Conservatory with a degree in musicology (research advisor: Prof. Tamara Levaya), organ, and chamber ensemble with honors diploma. In 2003 he began his graduate studies at the State Institute of Arts Studies in Moscow (advisor: Prof. Svetlana Savenko). He received a Fulbright Fellowship in 2005, which took him to the John W.Kluge Center, Library of Congress in Washington, District of Columbia (USA). After that he won another scholarship from Gate Cambridge Trust and the ORS Award in order to commence his graduate studies at the University of Cambridge, Clare College (United Kingdom), supervised by the Prof. Marina Frolova-Walker. In 2011 he earned his Ph.D. with the dissertation "Soviet Cantatas and Oratorios by Sergei Prokofiev in Their Social and Cultural Context."

His research received a number of distinctions, such as first place on Russian competitions (the first in 2002). He presented his research in Russia, the US, and in the UK (this includes the presentation at the annual conference of American Musicological Society in 2012, and numerous conferences in the UK and in Russia). His research interests include a variety of topics such as Russian cultural history (the 19th Century, fin-de-siècle, Soviet and post-Soviet culture), and recently the psychology of music, and music education. He has numerous publications in Russian and in English.

From 2006 until 2012 he held leading positions (President, Trustee, then the Chair of Trustee Board) at the Cambridge University Russian Society – which was founded by Vladimir Nabokov in the 1920s. In this role he had organized dozens of concerts and cultural events in significant venues in Cambridge, London, and Oxford. Examples include the recitals of famous instrumentalists Alexander Ivashkin, Alissa Firsova, Yuri Polubelov (et al), as well as rock concerts (by Boris Grebenshikov, at Royal Albert Hall), Nabokov Essay Competition, lectures by eminent speakers, etc.

He started teaching at the University of Cambridge, Clare College, reading courses on Fugue, and supervising students in courses on Shostakovich, and others. Since 2011 he has been employed at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Saint Petersburg State University. He has been on different committees and advisory boards since the early 2000s; he is a member of the American Musicological Society and other professional groups. Since 2014 he became the Head of the Young Scholars Council at the Faculty. He also holds the position of a Chair of the Young Scholars Council of the Faculty.

Awards and distinctions

  • 2006-2010 Gates Cambridge Scholarship, and Overseas Award (full doctoral funding)
  • 2005-2006 Fulbright Fellowship (first place among Russian entrants) at the John W.Kluge Center, Library of Congress (Washington D.C.)
  • 2005 First Place Prize for the Best Paper Published by a Young Researcher (State Institute of Arts Studies, Moscow)
  • 2002, 2005 Prizes on the 1st and 2nd Scriabin Competitions of Young Musicologists (Scriabin Memorial Museum, Moscow)
  • 2002 First Place on the Competition for the Best Research in the Field of Musicology (Gnessin Institute, Moscow)

"Soviet Jazz and Prokofiev's 1947 Cantata Flourish Mighty Land", Three Oranges Journal, No.27 (August 2014), 2-12.
"Russia: Music Education" in Nadiya Ivanenko (ed), Education in Eastern Europe and Eurasia (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014), 103-26.
"Prokofiev and the Myth of the Father of Nations: the Cantata Hail to Stalin", Journal of Musicology, (refereed, accepted for the publication), vol.30, issue 4 (October 2013), 577-620. Republished: Three Oranges Journal, No.26 (January 2014), 16-25.
"Prokofiev i 'sovetskii dzhaz': kantata 'Rastsvetai, moguchii krai'" [Prokofiev and the 'Soviet Jazz': the Cantata Flourish Mighty Land] in Natalia Ogarkova (ed), Music in Cultural Space of Europe and Russia: Events, Personas, History (Saint-Petersburg: Russian Institute of Arts History, 2014), 275-298 [in Russian].
"Shostakovich and Soviet Eros: Forbidden Fruit in the Realm of Communal Communism" in Alexander Ivashkin, Andrew Kirkman (eds), Contemplating Shostakovich: Life, Music and Film (London: Ashgate, 2012), 191-206.
Book review of Joost Van Baak’s The House in Russian Literature: A Mythopoetic Exploration, in Modern Language Review, Volume 105 (April 2010), 617-8.
"Prokofiev and the Myth of Revolution: The Cantata for the Twentieth Anniversary of the October Revolution", Three Oranges: Prokofiev Studies Journal, No.13 (May 2007), 14-22.
"Metafizika smerti v tvorchestve A. Skriabina" [Metaphysics of Death in Alexander Scriabin’s Oeuvre] in Aspirantskiĭ sbornik [Graduate Students Volume] (Moscow: SIAS, 2005), 3-26 [in Russian].
"Fenomenologiia liubvi A. Skriabina" [Phenomenology of Love in Alexander Scriabin’s Oeuvre] in Uchenye Zapiski [Scholarly Notes], Vypusk [Volume] 5 (Moscow: Scriabin Memorial Museum, 2005), 185-96 [in Russian].
"Traditsii simvolizma v posleduyushchikh pokoleniiakh XX veka: S.S.Prokofiev" [The traditions of Symbolism in subsequent generations of the Twentieth Century: Sergei Prokofiev] in Nikolaĭ Khrenov (ed), Teoriia khudozhestvennoĭ kul’tury [Theory of Artistic Culture], Vypusk [Volume] 8 (Moscow: SIAS, 2005), 367-81 [in Russian].
"'Mifologicheskie versii russkoĭ istorii' v tvorchestve S.S. Prokof’eva" [Mythological Versions of Russian History in Sergei Prokofiev’s Oeuvre] in Valeriĭ Syrov (ed), Otechestvennaia muzyka ot Glinki do postmoderna [Russian Music from Glinka to Postmodernism] (Nizhny Novgorod: Glinka Conservatory, 2004), 72-84 [in Russian].
"S.Prokofiev i ėstetika sovetskikh massovykh prazdnestv" [Sergei Prokofiev and Aesthetics of Soviet Mass Holidays] in Boris Getselev (ed), Iskusstvo XX veka: Ėlita i massy [The Art of the 20th Century: Elite and Masses] (Nizhny Novgorod: Glinka Conservatory, 2004), 18-29 [in Russian].
"Smert’ v aspekte russkoĭ mental’nosti: ėskhatologiia serebrianogo veka" [Death from the Aspect of Russian Mentality] in Aktual’nye problemy vysshego obrazovaniia [Contemporary Problems of Higher Education] (Nizhny Novgorod: Glinka Conservatory, 2004), 229-42 [in Russian].
"Prokof’ev i 'ofitsial’noe iskusstvo': ‘Kantata k XX-letiiu Okt’abr’a'" [Prokofiev and 'Official Arts': Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution] in Materialy vserossiĭskogo konkursa nauchnykh rabot studentov v oblasti musykoznaniia [The Materials of the National Competition of Research Articles by the Students in Musicology] (Moscow: Gnessin Institute, 2004), 72-100 [in Russian].
"Chuzhie temy v tvorchestve Rakhmaninova" (The Borrowed Themes in Sergei Rachmaninov’s Oeuvre) in Svoё i chuzhoe v evropeĭskoĭ kul’turnoĭ traditsii: literatura, iazyk, musyka [The 'Own' and 'Borrowed' in European Cultural Tradition: Literature, Language, Music] (Nizhny Novgorod: Austrian NSLU Library; DEKOM; 2000), 319-21 [in Russian].

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