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Ďhe United Kingdom Shostakovich Society (UKSS) was established to promote the works of Shostakovich through various concerts, recitals, publications, lectures and events throughout the United Kingdom. Previous events have included a weekend concerts in Cambridge, Oxford and London dedicated to the theme ĹShostakovich and Jewish Musicĺ, the Western premie?re of Shostakovichĺs Symphony No.4 arranged by the composer for 2 pianos with a pre-concert talk by Boris Tishchenko and a concert of Shostakovich and Pasternak. A large international conference took place in Cambridge in September 2006 to mark the centenary of Shostakovichĺs birth. This conference featured distinguished speakers and performers from Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, USA and Europe.

The UK Shostakovich Society is a registered charity and has close links with the Centre Chostakovitch in Paris and the Shostakovich family. Honorary members include Maxim Shostakovich, Boris Tishchenko, Lord Harewood, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Claudio Abbado, Rudolf Barshai and Alexander Lazarev. Sir Edward Downes. The Chairman of the Society is well-known musician and public figure Mr. Lawrence Owen, who is the guest of this International Conservatories Week.

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet with residence in Cambridge is the official musical body of the Society.