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SHE LIVES — the leading European musical association for promoting the dissemination of contemporary music— is honoured to announce the sixth edition of its Composition Master Class.

Since its establishment SHE LIVES has had the privilege of working with internationally acclaimed artists such as Peter Eötvös, Lasse Thoresen and Sidney Corbett, as well globally renowned institutions, including the Solisti della Scala di Milano, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the Accademia Chigiana di Siena, the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, the Fondazione Scelsi, the Reale Ambasciata di Norvegia, the Istituto Svizzero di Roma, the UMZE (the historic ensemble founded by Bartók), the Budapest Music Center, the LAC – Lugano Arte e Cultura, the Festival oggimusica, the Yamaha Concert Hall Wien, the Pro Helvetia, the Contemporary Art Festival Budapest, Warner Classics, and Naxos.
Our students have achieved relevant musical careers, winning international competitions, and obtaining important positions in the most important musical institutions at the international level.


Professors: Sidney Corbett, Alessio Elia
Composition master class on writing for string instruments with a specific focus on writing for string quartet.
The course will take place online.
The lessons, individual and group, will be administered through the BigBlueButton platform, which has high system stability and high audio quality.
There is no need to download any programs or apps.
Participants will receive a link with which they can access all meetings.
A selection of the best pieces by the active students will be included in the concert season of the Roman quartet (string quartet).

Course period: 16-19 September: group and individual lessons. ONLINE COURSE.

Sidney Corbett / Alessio Elia
- Compositional strategies in writing for string instruments and string quartet.
With analytical examples taken from works by Ligeti, Lachenmann, Corbett, Romitelli, Scelsi, Elia, Haas and Stahnke.

Sidney Corbett
- Learning Composition: A composer’s guide to the practice of learning our craft
“I have for many years now been a professor of composition and thus have presumably “taught” composition and this is of course at least formally true. It is my belief however, that composition can’t really be taught but what I can do is share how I learned and am still learning composition. What I would like to speak about in this course is first what I believe to be the preliminary step of training the mind and secondly to briefly go over the various technical areas we need to explore and master in order to make progress as composers.”

Alessio Elia
- Hidden architectures in formal construction. An exploration of the concepts of implicit order / explicit order in the light of the holographic physics of the Universe.
A compositional approach to microtonality and the use of different tuning systems related to the physical dimension of sound and auditory perception (extension of the lectures held at the Cité de la Musique, the Hungarian Academy of Arts and the Liszt Academy in Budapest).

Active students have the right to attend the seminars, the group lessons and are invited to discuss their work with professors during individual meetings. They have the right to participate in the process of selection of the pieces which will be included in the concert season of the Roman Quartet (string quartet).

Passive participants have the right to attend classes (seminars and group lessons) and the discussions of active students about their work, but they will not have private sessions to discuss their own work with the professors.
Passive participants will not be able to enter their works for consideration to be included in the concert season of the Roman Quartet (string quartet).

The course will be held in English.
Individual lessons can be held in the following languages: Italian, English, German, Spanish, Hungarian (depending on professor).

A selection of the best pieces by the active students will be included in the concert season of the Roman quartet.
Composers wishing to apply as active participants are invited to write a piece for the ensemble in residence (string quartet).
The piece can be written for any combination of the instruments present in the ensemble, from the solo instrument up to the whole group and must not exceed 10 minutes in duration.
The scores and parts, preferably written with music notation software (Finale, Sibelius, etc.) – manuscripts will also be accepted as long as they are clearly legible – must be sent as a pdf file by 5 Semptember 2021, to the following e-mail address:

There are two types of participation:

- Active participants (classes, individual lessons, group lessons, participation in the selection of the pieces which will be performed by the Roman Quartet)

- Passive participants (classes, group lessons)

Active students: 360 €
Passive students (Auditors): 300 €

Deadline: 5 September 2021

To apply for registration, please send the following documents by e-mail (, header of the e-mail COMPOSITION MASTER CLASS:
    • curriculum vitae
    • receipt of payment of the pre-selection process 100 € (non-refundable)
    • scan of identity card or passport
    • piece written for the string quartet in residence (any combination of the      instruments present in the ensemble, from the solo instrument to the      entire quartet with a duration that does not exceed 10 minutes).

Within one week of the application, the applicant will be informed about the result of the pre-selection, and whether as an active or passive student. Subsequently it will be necessary to pay the remaining registration fee, in relation to the result of the selection process, no later than 12 Septemeber 2021

Active participant fee:
360 Euros (100 selection process + remaining 260).

Passive participant fee:
300 Euros (100 selection process + remaining 200). It is possible to pay the whole fee of 300 € if the applicant intends to be enrolled directly as     a passive participant, without going through the preselection process.

Deadline: 5 September 2021
Those who wish to participate directly as passive students must submit:
    • curriculum vitae
    • receipt of payment of the participation fee (300 Euro)
    • scan of identity card or passport

Deadline for registration, active and passive students
5 September 2021

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