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.