Participants from the Class from a Maestro project gave concerts in Switzerland

23 December 2015

Grant holders of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation, together with participants from the Class from a Maestro project gave concerts in Switzerland. This could not have happened without the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation. This collaboration was made possible because the two foundations have common goals: to assist children gifted in music in every part of Russia and help them organise their creative process both in Russia and abroad.

This time, five talented future virtuosos went abroad: Nestor Smyshlyaev (piano), Leonid Garin (domra), Valeria Ilyushina (violin), Nikita Polosayev (balalaika), and Tatiana Fyodorova (piano). Two of them, Nikita Polosayev from Gubkin (Belgorod Region) and Leonid Garin from Gay (Orenburg Region), are participants in the Class from a Maestro project of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation. For them, the trip was a reward for their active and talented work in master classes that had been arranged this year under the auspices of the project.

On December 16, 2015, the young talents performed at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Bern and on December 18, in Geneva, in the official hall of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations and other international organisations. Russian diplomats and compatriots who live in Switzerland were invited to hear the performance of the Splendid Five. Similar spectators were present in Geneva, including foreign politicians and ambassadors.

The Class from a Maestro project was set up by the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation in March 2015. Within 10 months, a number of outstanding Russian performers and leading educationalists had visited regional children’s music schools and colleges where they gave master classes, seminars and concerts. Among them were Ekaterina Mechetina and Alexander Gindin (piano), Olga Ivusheykova (flute), Sergey Lukin (domra), Nikolay Komolyatov and Rovshan Mamedkuliev (classic guitar), and Marina Keselman (violin). The renowned maestros listened to and evaluated the performance of all children and shared the secrets of their artistry with them. Besides commendations, comments and valuable advice, the music school students and their teachers also received individual guidelines for further educative process.

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