2nd International Conference- NEW VOICES IN MUSIC AND FINE ARTS: In the Search of Mysticism-New Aspects of Spirituality in Music and Fine Arts of the 20th and 21st Century.


Conference: New Voices in Music and Fine Arts

The conference New Voices in Music and Fine Arts is open to composers, musicologists, performers, theorists and visual artists, and is devoted to contemporary (post-1965) music and fine arts that deal with spirituality and mysticism.

The essence of the activities undertaken within this conference is research oscillating between modernism and tradition, and how these approaches reach different dimensions of spirituality.

The aim of the conference is to share ideas, trends and new works intersecting with mysticism and spirituality in post-1965 music and fine arts.  The conference aims to build a community of varied scholarly perspectives on music and fine arts of the recent past and today. It aims to attract young scholars as well as established researchers, performers and visual artists and to become a place to connect, share and develop new ideas, knowledge, research and to experience live music.

Dates: June 6-7, 2019

Where: Institute of Music at the University of Silesia in Cieszyn, Poland

Who: Composers, Musicologists, Performers, Theorists, Visual Artists

WhatMusic and Fine Arts written/created after 1965

Registration fees: $100 for non-polish citizens and $50 for students; 300 PLN for Polish citizens

Contact: Anna.Kijanowska@us.edu.pl

Deadline: April 15, 2019

Call for papers: The abstracts (up to 350 words) focusing on New Voices in Music and Fine Arts: In the Search of Mysticism-New Aspects of Spirituality in Music and Fine Arts of the 20th and 21st Century are to be submitted no later than April 15, 2019 to Dr. Anna Kijanowska (Anna.Kijanowska@us.edu.pl).

Please submit abstracts in doc or docx format.

Proposals for lecture recitals are also welcomed.

Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes (20 minute paper + 5 minutes Q/A) for papers and 35 minutes for lecture-recitals. (30 minute presentation+5 minutes Q/A)

The Conference Proceedings will be published by the Silesian University Press in 2020.

Publication fee is $50 for non-Polish citizens; 100PLN for Polish citizens

Please make the  registration fee payable to:


Address:  Bankowa 12, 40-007 Katowice, Poland


IBAN PL 74 1050 1214 1000 0007 0000 7909

(IMPORTANT: Make sure to write on your transfer:  YOUR NAME/ CONFERENCE- New Voices in Music and Fine Arts-REGISTRATION FEE. (or Publication fee))

Please note: The organizers do not cover lodging. However, a limited number of dorm accommodations are available on the campus.

Conference advisory Committee:

Prof. zw. dr hab.  Małgorzata Łuszczak – Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Silesia, Poland

dr hab. Małgorzata Kaniowska – Deputy Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts and Music for Scientific, Artistic Research and International Cooperation, University of Silesia, Poland

Prof. Ana Telles Béreau – Director, School of the Arts, University of Évora, Portugal

Prof. Sandra Maria Fonseca Leandro – Department of Visual Arts and Design, School of the Arts, University of Évora, Portugal

Dr. Olivia Lucas – Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Artistic and Executive Director:

Dr. Anna Kijanowska, University of Silesia, Poland

Keynote Speakers:

Maestro Jean-Sébastien Béreau, France

Prof. Ana Telles, Prof. Sandra Maria Fonseca Leandro, Director, School of the Arts, University of Évora, Portugal

Prof. Sandra Maria Fonseca Leandro, Department of Visual Arts and Design, School of the Arts, University of Évora, Portugal


Jean-Sébastien Béreau entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of nine, having studied with Darius Milhaud, Olivier Messiaen, Louis Fourestier and Maurice Martenot, among others. He was appointed director of the Metz Conservatoire and Principal Conductor of the Metz Symphony Orchestra when he was still in his twenties; later on, he was successively appointed director of the Rouen and Strasbourg Conservatoires.

From 1982 to 1997 he taught Orchestral Conducting at the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris”, where he was responsible for the activities of three orchestras; he collaborated with Pierre Boulez and Leonard Bernstein.

Along with his pedagogical activity, Jean-Sébastien Béreau has developed an intense international conducting career. Besides his appointment as Principal Conductor of the Metz and Rouen Symphony Orchestras, of the “Chanteurs de Saint Eustache” Chorale, in Paris, and of the “Chorale Strasbourgeoise”, in Strasbourg, he conducted some of the most prestigious orchestras in Paris, Moscow, Bruxels, Luxembourg, Lisbon, Rome, Manila, Taipé, among others. He conducted the “Orchestre des Mille”, gathering one thousand musicians chosen amongst the soloists of all main french orchestras.

Portuguese pianist Prof. Ana Telles has pursued musical studies in Lisbon, New York and Paris, with Yvonne        Loriod-Messiaen, Sara Buechner e Nina Svetlanova (Piano), among others. She has graduated from Escola Superior     de Música de Lisboa («Bacharelato»), Manhattan School of Music (Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance) and     New York University (Master’s Degree in Piano Performance). She holds a doctoral degree in Music History and Musicology from the Paris IV University (Sorbonne) and the University of Évora (Portugal), where her research studies were directed by Danièle Pistone and Rui Nery; her thesis on Portuguese composer Luís de Freitas Branco’s piano music was distinguished with the highest classification. Ana Telles plays regularly in Portugal, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Cuba, Brazil, Taiwan and the United States, as a soloist or integrated in chamber music groups. She teaches      at the University of Évora’s Music Department and is currently Director of the School of Arts of the same university. She is a member of CESEM Music and Musicology Research Lab and develops research projects in the fields of    Music of the 20th and 21st centuries, Portuguese modern and contemporary music, Piano music. She has authored            a significant number of book chapters, papers in peer-reviewed journals and musical editions, including a critical edition of Luís de Freitas Branco’s Piano Preludes (AvA Musical Editions); her discography includes fourteen published CD’s.

Prof. Sandra Maria Fonseca Leandro holds a PhD in Contemporary Art History from Universidade Nova de Lisboa with      the thesis Joaquim de Vasconcelos (1849-1936) Historian, Art Critic and Museologist, 2008, graduated and master, from the same University, with the dissertation Theory and Criticism of Art in Portugal (1871-1900), 1999. Assistant Professor at the University of Évora and researcher at the Institute of Art History at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Some areas in which she has been teaching since 2000: Portuguese Culture, Art Studies, Visual Communication, Cinema and Audiovisual Studies, Theory and History of Design, Research Methodology, Theory of Representation, Contemporary Sociocultural Contexts and Critical Discourse. She has been specially dedicated to the study of Painting, Humoristic Drawing, Theory and Art Criticism, Museology, Women Artists, Sculpture, Cinema and Photography from the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century in Portugal. She received the Prize Grémio Literário for the year 2014.                                               


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