DSCH Journal team & Editorial Board


Editor-in-Chief – Alan Mercer

Of British origin and now based near Montpellier, France, Alan founded the DSCH Society and the 21-edition Newsletter in 1987, with the support of the composer’s widow, Irina Antonovna Shostakovich. He later launched the current DSCH Journal in 1994.

Events and activities under his editorship have included international conferences, recitals, exhibitions and of course the many features, articles and interviews that contribute to the six-monthly, worldwide publication.

Profession: international media consultant.



Associate Editor – Andrew Schartmann

Based in Boston, USA, Andrew is a Professor of Music Theory at the New England Conservatory, with a special interest in the life and works of Dmitri Shostakovich. He joined the DSCH Journal in 2013 as part of a modernization effort.

In addition to his general editorial responsibilities, Andrew focuses on bringing new and exciting musicological research to the “Writing About” section. In 2014, he spearheaded the “Spotlight on the Music” section, which provides detailed analyses of short musical excerpts.

Profession: classical music scholar, composer, teacher, author.



Features Editor – Bryan Rowell

Bryan RowellBased in Georgia, USA, Bryan is a musician, and a long-time Shostakovich enthusiast. He joined the DSCH Journal staff in 2014 as the Subscription Secretary.
His responsibilities include managing subscriptions and advertising, managing social media content, conducting research, and contributing as the features editor. He writes the “50 Years Ago” section of the journal, which details the life of Shostakovich, 6 months at a time. He also manages and compiles the contents of the DSCH Journal Shostakovich Archive.

Profession: engineer.



Reviews Editor – John Riley

Based in Comox, BC, Canada, John has been a contributor to the DSCH Journal from its inception. Overall responsibility for the shortlisting of reviews of new releases on CD, DVD, book or film; assignment attribution from a pool of reviewers and overall editorial responsibility for the reviews sections of the print and on-line editions of the DSCH Journal.  

Profession: freelance writer, lecturer, curator and broadcaster specialising on film, music and Russian and Soviet culture. 



Layout Editor – Hannah Dykstra


Based in Guangzhou, China, Hannah is an artist & educator whose work has been strongly influenced by Shostakovich’s music and life. Her responsibilities include layout and design of the DSCH Journal. 

Profession: graphic designer and visual arts instructor.




Webmaster – Egbert Baarsegbert

Based in Hoorn, The Netherlands, Egbert has been involved with managing content on the DSCH Journal website since 2010.

He is also involved in public relations on behalf of the publication and is a longstanding music (Shostakovich) fan.

Profession: strategic policy advisor.



The DSCH Journal Editorial Board plays a key role in all aspects of the publication’s activities, but notably reviewing manuscripts, attracting new contributors, increasing public awareness of the Journal, advising the Editor-in-Chief on ethical matters, contributing ideas toward the Journal’s development and suggesting content for special issues. The Board’s members are Dmitry Braginsky, Malcolm Brown, Oksana Dvornichenko, Daniel Elphick, Levon Hakobian, Gerard Mcburney, Patrick Mccreless, Elizabeth Wilson and Tara Wilson