The first International Symposium “The Recording Industry of Academic Music” was held in Moscow in October 2019. The event, which brought together leading experts in the field of sound recording and representatives of the music world, was held within the framework of the International Award “Pure Sound”.
The organizer was the Guild of Sound Engineers of the Russian Musical Union (RMS). On the sidelines of the symposium, the largest representatives of the recording industry, Russian and foreign musicians, performers, musicologists, and producers discussed topical issues related to the work of a sound engineer in the digital era.
The speakers of the event were world-renowned professionals: leading sound engineer of the Mariinsky Theater Vladimir Ryabenko; founder of the Floating Earth Ltd recording company Mike Hatch (Great Britain); head of the recording service of the Moscow Philharmonic Pavel Lavrenenkov; sound engineer of Teldec, Warner Classics, Sony Michael Brammann (Germany); professor of the VGIK, Tchaikovsky Moscow State University, Institute of Contemporary Art, Chairman of the Guild of Sound Engineers of the RMS Maria Soboleva and many others.
For the exchange of experience, communication platforms were organized dedicated to the issues of concert sound engineering, business solutions, copyright, and others. In addition, the participants of the symposium got acquainted with the novelties and sound technologies of Yamaha and other foreign and domestic manufacturers.
The program of the symposium also included master classes on restoration and archiving of sound recordings, mastering, studio sound engineering, held in different studios of the capital.
The Forum has become the largest industry event dedicated to topical issues of the recording industry.
Addressing the participants of the symposium, Alexander Klevitsky, Director General of the Russian Academy of Music, composer, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, drew attention to the importance of the sound engineer profession for music in general: “As an active conductor and a person who has been working in the music field for many years, I can say for sure that there would be no music without sound recording specialists. Over the past hundred years, this profession has changed a lot, recording tools are constantly being improved-including thanks to the rapid development of show business. I am convinced that a musician, even if he has received higher musical education, really grows up only when he hears himself in a recording. And the quality of this recording depends on the specialists in this field.” The chairman of the Guild of Sound Engineers of the Republic of Moldova, professor of VGIK, MGK, ISI Maria Soboleva noted that until recently she could not even imagine that the Guild of Sound Engineers would be founded and that specialized awards and forums would be held: “Such events are a wonderful opportunity for professionals to meet, share working secrets and communicate live. We invited wonderful guests to this forum, who held the most interesting lectures, master classes, discussions. Friends, colleagues, and professionals have gathered here. This event has become a celebration for our industry.”