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Professor Patrick Zuk

Professor and Durham Academic Director, AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium

PhD (Dunelm), MA (HETAC), BA (NUI)

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Professor and Durham Academic Director, AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium in the Department of MusicRoom 101, 50 North Bailey+44 (0) 191 33 44405


Patrick Zuk is a specialist in Russian and Soviet musical culture. His publications include a biographical-criticial study of Nikolai Myaskovsky (1881-1950), a major figure in Soviet musical life of the Stalinist period, 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. He has contributed essays to Music and Letters, the Journal of Musicology, the Journal of the Royal Musical Associations, and other prominent scholarly periodicals. He is a regular presenter at international conferences in the UK, US, Europe, and the Russian Federation. His research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, and the Wellcome Trust. He has also published on aspects on the Irish art music tradition, and is currently engaged in a new project exploring the role played by traumatic experience in shaping the styles and aesthetic orientations of musical modernism. 

Patrick Zuk holds one of Durham University's Excellence in Teaching and Learning Awards in recognition of his outstanding contribution to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

He is currently Durham University's Academic Director of the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership, which administers scholarship funding on behalf of the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain for doctoral students at Durham University, Newcastle University, and Queen's University, Belfast .

Conference organisation

First International Conference on Irish Music and Musicians, University of Durham, 12-15 July 2010

International Conference on Music in Russia and the Soviet Union: Reappraisal and Rediscovery, University of Durham, 11-14 July 2011

BASEES Study Group for Russian and Eastern European Music Annual Conference 2014: Music and Empire in East-Central Europe, University of Durham, 4 October 2014 (co-convenor)


Conference papers and lectures

‘Inventing “Traditional Ireland”: A. J. Potter’s television opera Patrick’, joint conference of Royal Musical Association and Society for Musicology in Ireland: Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, Ireland, 9-12 July 2009 

‘Stylistic dualism in the early work of Nikolai Myaskovsky’, Study Day, Russian and Eastern Music Study Group of the British Association for Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, Music Department, University of Oxford, England, 17 October 2009 

‘Nikolai Myaskovsky and the “hysterical” Resolution of 1948’, 1948 and all that: Soviet Music, Ideology and Power, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge, England, 27-28 November 2009. 

‘The genesis of Nikolai Myaskovsky’s Kolkhoznaya [‘Collective Farm’] Symphony’, Twentieth-Century Music and Politics conference, University of Bristol, England, 14-16 April 2010 

‘Brian Boydell and Irish Musical Modernism’, First International Conference on Irish Music and Musicians, Durham University, 12-15 July 2010 

‘Vissarion Shebalin’s Ukroshchniye stroptivoy’, Non-Nationalist Russian Opera Symposium, University of Leeds, 16-17 November 2010 

‘Nekotorïye razmïshleniya o stilisticheskom razvitiyi N. Myaskovskogo posle 1932 [Some reflections on Nikolay Myaskovsky’s stylistic development after 1932]’, Conference to mark 100th anniversary of Prokofiev’s birth’, Moscow Conservatoire, 27-30 April 2011 [Invited paper

‘Musical modernism in the mirror of the Prokofiev-Myaskovsky correspondence’, Conference Russian Emigré Culture, University of Saarbrücken, 21-23 November 2011 

‘Myaskovsky and socialist realism: towards a reassessment’, After the End of Music History: Conference in Honour of Richard Taruskin, Princeton University, 8-11 February 2012 

‘Ranniye romansï Myaskovskogo na slova Z. Gippius [Myaskovsky’s early Zinaida Hippius settings’, Conference to mark 150th anniversary of founding of St Petersburg Conservatoire, St Petersburg, 21-22 September 2012 [Invited paper

‘Myaskovskiy i sotsrealism’ [Myaskovsky and Socialist Realism], Conference to mark 100th anniversary of founding of the Russian Institute for the History of the Arts, St Petersburg, 22-24 October, 2012 [Keynote address] 

‘Dmitriy Shepilov and the campaign against musical formalism of the late Stalinist period’, Seventy-Eight Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, New Orleans, 1-4 November 2012 

‘Soviet Compositional Styles of the Stalinist Period: Towards a Reappraisal’, Music and Power Symposium, Havinghurst Centre for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University of Ohio, 28 February-2 March 2013 [Invited paper] 

The Contact of Nikolay Myaskovsky and his Circle with Sergey Prokofiev in Exile, 1923–1936’, Internationales musikwissenschaftliches Symposium: Sowjetische Musik im Ausland, 1917–1991, 23–26 May 2013, Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, Hannover

'Documenting the Myaskovsky-Shostakovich relationship', IMS Study Group symposium Shostakovich and his Epoch: Contemporaries, Culture, and the State, 4-7 September 2013, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius

'Shestaya simfoniya Myaskovskogo: k voprosu ob analize posttravmaticheskikh modal'nostey muzïkal'nogo diskursa [Myaskovsky's Sixth Symphony as a modality of post-traumatic musical discourse]', Mezhdunarodnaya nauchnaya konferentsiya: muzïkovedcheskiy forum 2014, 17-19 November 2014, Rossiyskaya akademiya muzïki imeni Gnesinykh/Gosudarstvennïy institut muzïkoznaniya, Moscow.

'Semantika gorya v finale Shestoy simfonii N. Ya. Myaskovskogo' [The semantics of mourning in the finale of Myaskovsky's Sixth Symphony], International conference 'XX vek. Muzïka voynï i mira. K 70-letiyu Pobedï v Velikoj Otechestvennoy Voyne', 21-25 April 2015, Moscow Conservatoire.

‘Nikolay Myaskovsky’s Sixth Symphony: towards a theorisation of modalities of post-traumatic musical discourse’. International conference «Twórczość kompozytorów słowiańskich I połowy XX wieku», 25-26 May 2015, Institut Muzykologii KUL, Lublin [Keynote lecture]

'In quest of Socialist Realism', International conference 'Musical legacies of state socialism', 24-26 September 2015, Institute of Musicology, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade

'Boris Asaf’yev and Soviet musicological constructs of "the West" and "Russia abroad"', International conference 'Russian émigré culture: transcending the borders of countries, languages, and disciplines', 12-15 November 2015, Universität des Saarlandes,Saarbrücken

'Nikolay Myaskovsky's Sixth Symphony: music as post-traumatic discourse', International conference 'Broken narratives and the lived body', 18-20 April 2016, Monash University Prato Centre, Prato

‘The concept of "cosmopolitanism" in Soviet writing on music", Fourth Symposium on Music History: ‘Music History and Cosmopolitanism’, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, 1-3 June 2016

‘Myaskovsky i Asaf′yev v 1948g. [Myaskovsky and Asaf′yev in 1948]’, International Conference ‘The Moscow Conservatory in its past, present, and future’, Moscow Conservatoire, 20-24 September 2016 [Invited presentation]

‘Myaskovsky i Asa′yev: istoriya slozhnoy druzhbï [Myaskovsky and Asaf′yev: The story of a complex friendship’, Russian Institute for the History of the Arts, St Petersburg, 3 October 2016 [Lecture]

‘Music as post-traumatic discourse’, Department of Russian and East Asian Languages, Emory University, 15 November 2016 [lecture]

'Boris Asaf'yev and the invention of Soviet musicology', ASEEES 48th Annual Convention, Washington DC, 17-20 November 2016


Authored book

Chapter in book

  • 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). 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 (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 (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 (2014). The ‘serial’ works of A.J. Potter. In Irish Musical Analysis. Cox, Gareth & Horton, Julian Dublin: Four Courts Press. 202-222.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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