Vladimir Somov

Historian, researcher, St. Petersburg State N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory.
Specializes in history of books, French-Russian cultural contacts and Russian music culture. Has published around 150 papers in Russia and abroad, including pieces on the history of the SPSC, the libraries of P. I. Tchaikovsky and M. I. Glinka, archives of J. von Stelin, A. S. Dargomyzhsky, A. G. Rubinstein, N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov, S. M. Lyapunov, J. Vitols and others.
Graduated from the Faculty of History of Leningrad State University (1973), and the Leningrad Branch of the Institute of History of the USSR Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1980) where he was advised by Doctor of History Professor A. Lublinskaya. In 1974–1977 served as researcher at CSHA of the USSR. In 1977–1995 — Senior Researcher, Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 2001–2003 — Researcher at the Institute of History of Natural Sciences and Technology (Saint Petersburg branch) of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Won several stipends of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, the Human Science House Foundation (Paris, France), and the Library of Duke August (Wolfenbuettel, FRG). Invited researcher, Center of Science Research (France, 1995), visiting professor of the Higher School of Social Sciences (France, 1997 and 2009), Higher School of Practical Research (France, 2004). Has been employed at the Conservatory since 1996, as researcher in the Department of Manuscripts, SML SPSC. From 2001 to 2012 served as instructor, Department of Ancient Art and Music Criticism (courses: Museum Science, Library Science, History of Music Publications, Introduction to History of Russia). Currently — head of the Research Group at the SPSC.