29 January 2010, 14:47

Russian Ministry of Culture Launches Rostropovich Music Competition

Russian Ministry of Culture Launches Rostropovich Music Competition

The Russian government has launched a new music competition in memory of the outstanding musician of the 20 th century, a cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich.

The Russian government has launched a new music competition in memory of the outstanding musician of the 20th century, a cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich.

The competition, which is going to cover all Russian regions, was initiated by the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Rostropovich family- his widow, a famous opera singer and teacher Galina Vishnevskaya, and daughter Olga, head of the Rostropovich charity foundation.

The idea is to discover young talents all across Russia and allow them to receive state support. Russia's Minister of Culture, Alexander Avdeyev, says it is high time to launch such a competition:

"This competition is going to comprise all our most prestigious national competitions. If in 1990s there were only 12 competitions of the kind, now there are 80 of them. Every new music competition leads to the devaluation of the notion itself and brings no good to our musical culture. So, we`ve decided to start a new kind of a national competition which will be a start in the lives of many talented musicians".

The competition will last for four years with academic musicians of all kinds to have their special time to perform. In September-November 2010 the competition will bring together pianists, violinists, cellists and singers. Conductors and chamber ensembles are going to take part in the contest in 2011, while organists and folk musicians will have a chance to compete in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

For those who will take part in the first stage of the competition, it is also a chance to try and pave their way to Russia's most prestigious Tchaikovsky competition which will be held in Moscow in summer of 2011.

 

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