Oleg Paiberdin — composer, artistic director
and conductor of the GAMEnsemble (Moscow).
Worlds of music
of the present
Season 2024/2025
Chamber Hall of the Moscow Philharmonie
I think that an artist has a little that that he has to tell about.


GAMEnsemble constantly collaborates with Moscow State Philharmonie, Saint Petersburg Contemporary Music Center
The Gallery of Academic Music Ensemble | GAMEnsemble was founded by composer Oleg Paiberdin.

The basic mission of GAMEnsemble is performance of new music with accent on the works written for last 15—20 years by contemporary composers, initiation of interdisciplinary projects on crossing of musical and visual aspects in arts. Works of domestic and foreign musical avant-guard classics of the XX century are included in GAMEnsemble's programs as well.

One of GAMEnsemble's main purposes is formation of actual zones of modern music art where freely there are basic art strategies — the newest chamber music, improvisational music, visually-acoustic performances and video art, mutually incorporating and creating uniform art process. GAMEnsemble closely cooperates with contemporary composers, artists, choreographers, directors, animators, word and theater masters.

GAMEnsemble constantly collaborates with Moscow State Philharmonie, CoOPERAtion Laboratory, Saint Petersburg Contemporary Music Center, Union of Russian Composers, Museum of Sergey Prokofiev in Moscow, Sterkh Contemporary Arts Gallery in Surgut, and many others.

GAMEnsemble is regular participant of Another Space International Contemporary Music Festival in Moscow Philharmonie, CoOPERAtion workshop in Moscow, Moscow Autumn Contemporary Music Festival, Saint Petersburg Contemporary Music Festival, Prokofiev's Time All-Russian Composition Competition in Museum of Sergey Prokofiev in Moscow, and many others.

GAMEnsemble participated in many festivals of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Surgut, Nizhny Novgorod, Tomsk, Kemerovo, Kaliningrad, Barnaul, Abakan, Perm, Gdansk, Paris, Lviv.

GAMEnsemble has individual subscription in Moscow Philharmonie since 2010.

In 2018,'s publishing house has released the CD
GAME: The Beginning with the works specially written for GAMEnsemble by young Russian composers.
I think that an artist has a little that that he has to tell about.
preface to the CD

GAME: The Beginning

It is truly surprising: GAMEnsemble (Gallery of Academic Music Ensemble) has released its first CD only now, in 2018. It is surprising because GAMEnsemble is a music group with established professional reputation, widely known and respected, invariably sought-out and known for long as one of the best interpreters of foreign and Russian music of the XX—XXI centuries. For prestigious festivals of new music, museums, concert halls, international organizations, conservatoires and centres of modern art it is an honour to invite this ensemble. The music group has successfully toured the largest cities of the country and presented its performances to half of Europe. The group gives birth to original projects, performing numerous premiere opuses, impressing the spectators with variety of performed compositional styles and manners.
As the composer Sergey Pavlenko once said: "Every concert of GAMEnsemble is either an Event or a Phenomenon". So it is up to you to decide whether the first GAMEnsemble's CD is an Event or a Phenomenon.
The diversity of creative strategy of GAMEnsemble is self-evident. This includes postmodernist fusion, postmodernist urge to combine, often within one concert, the purity of solo tradition, the academicism of the chamber genre, the exactness of ensemble performance with paradoxicality of performances, conceptual еpatage, freedom of improvisation, specific musical commenting on popular films and animations, unpredictability of the instrumental theatre. This involves discovery of new composers, when creative plans and opportunities of young Russian authors are realized owing to GAMEnsemble to a great extent. It is no coincidence that GAMEnsemble was the first in the country to introduce the practice of annual invitation of resident composers — those who are in for successful future, who break new ground and are in search of fresh musical solutions.

This involves as well the heightened interest in performing of what has just been created, here and now — this explains the accentuation of current music in the name of the ensemble. The ensemble is distinguished by the invariable urge for multimedia synthesis, the confluence of different kinds (genres) of arts, the intersection of different and opposite things, sometimes incompatible and unimaginable, in a single space. And much more… But still, for me, GAMEnsemble is, first and foremost, a populariser and extensionist of new music. More often — of difficult, controversial music requiring considerable emotional and intellectual effort, complicated for listening and originally seeming vague or strange. Less often — easily accepted, comprehended and welcomed. It is probably for that reason that GAMEnsemble is one of those infrequent groups that regularly apply and introduce in their performances the practice of lecturers' or authors' comments, turning a concert into an exciting and intriguing history of the new music.

As the composer Sergey Pavlenko once said: "Every concert of GAMEnsemble is either an Event or a Phenomenon". So it is up to you to decide whether the first GAMEnsemble's CD is an Event or a Phenomenon.

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