Pauline Fairclough

Reader in Music, University of Bristol

Pauline Fairclough specialises in Soviet musical culture, and has published widely on Shostakovich and musical life under Stalinism. She is the author of two monographs: A Soviet Credo: Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony (Ashgate, 2006) and Classics for the Masses: Shaping Soviet Musical Identity Under Lenin and Stalin (Yale, 2016) and editor of three volumes: The Cambridge Companion to Shostakovich (with David Fanning, Cambridge University Press, 2008), Shostakovich Studies 2 (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Twentieth Century Music and Politics: Essays in memory of Neil Edmunds (Ashgate, 2012).

In 2016, Pauline was elected a Vice-President of the Royal Musical Association, a position she will hold until 2021. She is General Editor of Routledge's Russian and East European Music series and is on the editorial board of Twentieth-Century Music and of the Moscow journal Iskusstvo muzïki. Teoriya i istoriya (The Art of Music. Theory and History).

I obtained my PhD from Manchester University in 2002, spent a year teaching at Keele University and came to Bristol in 2004. In 2006, together with Rosamund Bartlett, I founded the Russian and East European Music study group (REEM) which holds annual study days and panels in Britain and Europe. In 2008 Olga Digonskaya and I founded the IMS study group 'Shostakovich and his Epoch' which holds conferences and panels world-wide, especially in Russia and the former Soviet Union.


  • –present
    Reader in Music, University of Bristol