Open Competition Testing Mastery in Accompaniment Takes Place in Yaroslavl

01 March 2016

The "An Accompanist Invites a Soloist” competition took place in Yaroslavl between 26 and 28 of February with the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation and the Educational, Methodical & Information Centre for Culture Professionals in Yaroslavl region.

The contest, organised as part of the "Class from a Maestro" project, took students from Yaroslavl Sobinov Music College, piano professors and accompanists from children’s music and art schools in the regions of Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Rybinsk and Tutayev as well as Pervomayskiy region, and the cities of Yaroslavl and Kostroma.

The support and development of accompanists’ creativity and performing abilities, the advancement of their professional level, the preservation and popularisation of their work and national performing traditions were among the competition’s objectives.

The illustrious pianists Olga Ber and Natalya Bogdanova, both laureates of national and international competitions, came to Yaroslavl on the invitation of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, and participated as judges in the contest panel.

Rimma Fedorovna Okhotina, Meritorious Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation, manager of the subject-cyclic committee for the "special piano" department of the Yaroslavl Music College, also participated as a member of the judging panel.

The contest commenced with a concert by Olga Ber and Natalya Bogdanova. And on February 28 a number of master classes for teachers and students of music schools and colleges were organised.

Professor of the Central Music School at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, and MosСoncert performer, Natalya Bogdanova said in an interview: "Our country’s great piano school traditions were established from the 19th century. This is something that we are proud of and something that we must preserve. The creative ties I hope will be established at this contest are highly valuable”

The "Class from a Maestro" project was established by the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation with the aim to give a fresh momentum for musical education development in Russia.

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