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Professor Patrick Zuk

Professor of Russian Cultural Studies and Music

PhD (Dunelm), BA (NUI)

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Professor of Russian Cultural Studies and Music in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures  
Co-Director (Arts and Humanities) in the Institute of Advanced Study +44 (0) 191 33 44405


Patrick Zuk is a specialist in Russian and Soviet music and European cultural history. His publications include Nikolay Myaskovsky: A Composer and His Times, which won a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title award for 2022, and the co-edited collection (with Marina Frolova-Walker) Russian Music Since 1917, which was issued in the Proceedings of the British Academy series published by Oxford University Press. His research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, and the Wellcome Trust. He is currently writing a monograph exploring the role of traumatic experience in shaping the styles and aesthetic orientations of musical modernism. He has been awarded a two-year Leverhulme Research Fellowship commencing in May 2024 for his next project, 'The composer in the European imagination: 1830-1970'. 

Professor Zuk is Director (Arts and Humanities) of Durham University's Institute of Advanced Study. 

He welcomes enquiries from postgraduate research students working on topics germane to his research interests - music and cultural life in Russia and Central/Eastern Europe; artistic modernism; trauma studies; and censorship. 


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  • Zuk, Patrick (2020). Prokofiev and the Development of Soviet Composition in the 1920s and 1930s. In Rethinking Prokofiev. Guillaumier, Christina & Langdon, Rita Oxford University Press. 19-37.
  • Zuk, Patrick (2018). Hans Keller: the making of an anti-critic. In British Musical Criticism and Intellectual Thought, 1850-1950. Dibble, Jeremy & Horton, Julian Boydell & Brewer. 328-343.
  • Zuk, Patrick (2018). L'ami inconnu: Nataliya Esposito and Ivan Bunin. In Music Preferred: Essays in Musicology, Cultural History and Analysis in Honour of Harry White. Byrne-Bodley, Lorraine Vienna: Hollitzer Verlag. 371-387.
  • Zuk, Patrick (2016). Semanitka gorya v finale Shestoy sinfonii Nikolaya Myaskovskogo [The semantics of grief in Nikolay Myaskovsky's Sixth Symphony]. In Dvadtsatïy vek. Muzïka voynï i mira: Materialï mezhdunarodnoi nauchnoi konferentsii [The Twentieth Century. Music of War and Peace. Vlasova, Yekaterina, Zenkin, Konstantin & Karachevskaya, Maria Moscow: Progress-Traditsiya. 231-238.
  • Zuk, Patrick (2016). Razmïshleniya o stilistike Myaskovskogo posle 1932 goda. In Liber amicorum Lyudmile Kovnatskoy. Manulkina, Ol'ga, Ader, Lidia & Drozdetskaya, Inna Saint Petersburg: BiblioRossika. 290-299.
  • Zuk, Patrick (2014). The ‘serial’ works of A.J. Potter. In Irish Musical Analysis. Cox, Gareth & Horton, Julian Dublin: Four Courts Press. 202-222.
  • Zuk, Patrick (2014). Introduction: An Irish Treatise on the Lisztian Tradition of Pianism. In Tradition and Craft in Piano-Playing, by Tilly Fleischmann. Fleischmann, Ruth & Buckley, John Dublin: Carysfort Press. xvii-xxii.
  • Zuk, Patrick (2013). Romansy N. Myaskovskogo na slova Z. Gippius [Nikolay Myaskovsky's settings of Zinaida Hippius]. In Sankt-Peterburgskaya konservatoriya v mirovom muzykal'nom prostranstve: kompozitorskiye, ispolnitel'skiye, nauchniye shkoly 1862-2012. Dertyaryova, N. & Braginskaya, N. Izdatel'stvo politekhnicheskogo universiteta (Sankt-Peterburg). 218-223.
  • Zuk, Patrick (2013). Musical modernism in the mirror of the Prokofiev-Myaskovsky correspondence. In Russian Emigré Culture: Conservatism or Evolution?. Flamm, Christoph, Keazor, Henry & Marti, Roland Cambridge Scholar Press. 229-244.

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