Greetings from Vladimir Medinsky

To the organisers, participants, and guests of the
IVth International Mstislav Rostorpovich Festival

Dear Friends,

Today, at the opening of the IVth International Mstsilav Rostropovich Festival we wish to recall the names of two great musicians, the pride of Russian and world culture. Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich were our contemporaries, beloved by millions of people, and honoured with the most prestigious awards and important titles. It is still difficult at this point in time to appreciate the enormous contribution they made in enriching the great patrimony of World Art. As the poet Alexander Blok said, “… great things are only visible from a distance.” Yet undoubtedly the Festival is one of the most significant steps in the right direction towards enshrining the memory of the legendary couple, Vishnevskaya and Rostropovich.
The Festival programme unites many splendid musicians within its framework. We are fortunate to be able to hear in the forthcoming concerts so many masterpieces of the world classics in their interpretations. Each concert is rich in promise, offering listeners a mass of bright impressions.
I wish the Festival organizers the greatest success, and to the participants – abundant inspiration, for it is through their Art that they will transmit to new generations of musicians the legacy of Mstislav Rostropovich.

Vladimir Medinsky
Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation

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