She Lives Composition Master Class

Online Course


Submission period

Tue Jun 29 at 4 AM UTC

End of submission period

Sun Sep 5 at 9:59 PM UTC

Results date

Fri Sep 10 at 4 PM UTC

Entry or Course Fee

Active students 360 €, passive students 300 €
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).


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 for registration, active and passive students

5 September 2021

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