Sculptural Portrait of Sviatoslav Richter Opened at Moscow Conservatory

21 June 2013

On June 21, 2013, the P.I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory was presented with a sculptural portrait of one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century — Sviatoslav Richter — at an official ceremony in its Grand Hall in Moscow.

The ceremony was attended by the Rector of the Moscow Conservatory Alexander Sokolov, President of the Foundation for the Richter International Piano Competition Asir Rosenberg, as well as members of the Board of Trustees of the Moscow Conservatory.

The new bronze bust was created by the internationally known sculptor, Ernst Neizvestny. This bronze bust is one of three copies by Mr. Neizvestny. The first one was donated to the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts on March 22, 2012. The second one was intended for, and now presented to the Moscow Conservatory, and the third bust will remain with the sculptor, who knew Richter personally. The project was made possible with the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation.

“Today is a very special day for us — the graduation day of 5th year Conservatory students. We intentionally timed the opening of Sviatoslav Richter’s sculpture with this event,” — said the Rector of the Conservatory Alexander Sokolov. “The great musician, a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, Sviatoslav Richter played many concerts on this historical stage, and it is natural that we should hold and cherish a portrait of him here. It’s particularly pleasant that this sculpture was created by another outstanding artist”.

“The walls of this temple of music remember the sounds that came from the fingers of Sviatoslav Richter. Contemporary critics used to call him the pianist of the century,” — said the Director of the Charitable Foundation for the Richter International Piano Competition, Asir Rosenberg. “We wanted to make this wonderful memory of Mr. Richter somehow more material, and so decided to embody it in a sculptural image. Hence, the idea of ​​creating a sculptural portrait and the kind involvement of Ernst Neizvestny. We are also very grateful to Mr. Alisher Usmanov...”

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