When I performed in Moscow a couple of years ago (the day the Chechen terrorist seige of a nearby theater ended), I was generously showered with CDs by local postminimalist, electronic, and improvising composers who, in this country, would be considered “Downtown.” I’m now uploading much of that material to Postclassic Radio. In fact, although I am an American music specialist, I have quite a few Europeans running on my station now, and they are NOT the usual suspects from that continent:
from Germany (though half Spanish):
Maria De Alvear
Their music may suggest, I think, that in Europe, as here, the young composers writing the most interesting music are not the ones receiving major exposure from classical music institutions.