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Name: Akvilė Stuart

PhD: Historical Musicology

Thesis Title: An Examination of the Music Style, Life and Legacy of Alexei Stanchinsky (1888-1914)

Thesis Description:

This project examines the life and works of the neglected Russian composer Alexei Stanchinsky (1888-1914), and explores his contribution to the development of music, as well as his position within the social and cultural milieu of late Imperial Russia. The project comprises critical analyses of both Stanchinsky’s life and his published works. Stanchinsky’s music was a provocative force in Russia during his lifetime, but his legacy has since been neglected. By drawing upon existing contextual research and investigating primary sources, the project situates Stanchinsky’s lived experience and legacy within the social and artistic milieu of late Imperial Russia. The research aims to enrich the academic scholarship on late Imperial and early Soviet Russia, as well as provide contextual and analytical insights, enabling Stanchinsky’s significance as a composer to be more widely recognised.


Supervisors and Institution(s): 

Dr Gareth Thomas, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Prof Sarah Badcock, University of Nottingham

Prof Christopher Dingle, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire


Conference papers (selection):


  • 'The Importance of Social-Artistic Circles in Russian Music Publishing: The Circumstances of Publication and Reception of Alexei Stanchinsky’s works, 1913-1928', 13 December 2018, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham, UK.


  • 'An Examination of the Music Style, Life and Legacy of Alexei Stanchinsky (1888-1914)', 23 May 2018, M3C Research Festival, Birmingham, UK.
  • 'Scots Poetry in Russian Song: A Reading of Alexei Stanchinsky’s 10 Scottish Songs to Poems by Robert Burns', 9-12 July 2019, Institute for Russian Music Studies Conference 2019, Vipiteno, Italy.
  • 'Undoubtedly gifted with the most genuine talent by God’s mercy’: The Critical Reception of Alexei Stanchinsky', 12 October 2019, BASEES Russian and Eastern European Music (REEM) Annual Conference 2019, Durham, UK.
  • 'Research through musical records: preservation, perception and reception of Alexei Stanchinsky’s works in the modern day', 23-25 October 2019, Aleksanteri Conference 2019, Helsinki, Finland.

Prizes and Awards:


  • Ernest Newman Prize for the Best Presentation by a Doctoral Researcher, June 2019


  • Royal Musical Association (RMA)
  • American Musicological Society (AMS)
  • British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES)
  • Association for Slavonic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
  • Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA)

Research interests:

  • Music history
  • Music analysis and theory
  • History of pianism
  • Late Imperial and pre-revolutionary Russian society and culture



University email address:

Twitter: @AkvileStuart


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