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We are delighted to note that our Cross-Cultural celebration of the Legacy of Lee Hsien-Ming and Alexander Tcherepnin on April 12-13 can only be described as an extraordinary success, attaining levels of musical and scholarly distinction well above anything we had initially hoped for. Watch this website for a more detailed account.

Nikolai Tcherepnin
Alexander Tcherepnin
Ivan Tcherepnin

THE TCHEREPNIN SOCIETY is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the music and aesthetic ideals of the Tcherepnin family's three generations of distinguished composers: Nikolai Tcherepnin (1873-1945), Alexander Tcherepnin (1899-1977) and Ivan Tcherepnin (1943-1998). Our particular model for activity is the multifaceted career that earned Alexander Tcherepnin the sobriquet "Musical Citizen of the World." A superlative composer, a lifelong pioneer in new musical techniques, and a dedicated educator, he was also an enthusiastic internationalist whose fascination with folk idioms brought him through Eurasian culture to China and Japan. It was to carry on these shared ideals that Alexander's widow Hsien Ming Tcherepnin (1911-1991) founded the Society. Under her leadership, the organization played an important role in re-normalizing musical contacts between China and the West after the disruptions of the Cultural Revolution. After her death, leadership passed to Ivan Tcherepnin, whose global interests as a composer and professor at Harvard University melded modern technology with a variety of near- and far-Eastern philosophical and aesthetic concerns.


Buffalo Boy's Flute by Heh Liuting won first prize in the landmark Chinese composers' competition sponsored by Alexander Tcherepnin in Shanghai in 1934. Tcherepnin soon chose a buffalo boy logo for the publishing firm he founded in Tokyo to issue Chinese and Japanese concert works, offering Mr. Heh's score as No. 1 in his catalogue.

To Ivan Tcherepnin, who made the buffalo boy his own a generation later, this filial icon represented the youthful joy that accompanies and blesses the creative act.

Today the Tcherepnin Society continues to furnish financial and artistic support for concerts, new recordings and the reissue of important older recordings of music by the Tcherepnins, particularly of scores that suffer unjust neglect. We provide financing for scholarly books and articles that contribute to increased understanding of the Tcherepnins' artistry. We subsidize international concertizing by musicians who aim at Alexander and Ivan Tcherepnin's multicultural reach, and also underwrite educational travel and study programs that enable young musicians of all nations to immerse themselves in musical traditions radically different from those in their homelands.

Alexander Tcherepnin's view of music as a moral force that breaks down artificial barriers between peoples has a special relevance in our own troubled times. We invite you to help us in our efforts to keep these ideals alive and flourishing.

Contributions to The Tcherepnin Society, a 501 (c) (3) organization, are tax deductible.



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