#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In Norilsk, on the College of Arts basis, a new regional Yury Bashmet’s educational center begins its work. During the year, 24 master classes will be held in the northern city. The cultural and educational mission is supported by the Nornickel company.
The Norilsk college of Arts and Norilsk music schools’ students, as well as talented young musicians of the region take part in the center’s classes. Master classes from virtuosos in the class of violin, cello, wind and percussion instruments for children will be held free of charge. The first session took place on 26–28 September.
The educational project Yury Bashmet to Young Talents of Russia is eight years old. Norilsk is the 16th city on the country map where such centers have been established. According to the Russian Concert Agency head Dmitry Grinchenko, Yury Bashmet’s educational center is not just concerts and the format like “arrived, praised and left”: high-level musicians’ visits will give Norilsk novice musicians professional guidelines.
Maestro Bashmet himself also visited the new educational center, gave a master class to violin students Daria Arhipova and Alisa Zhogova. Other young musicians also attended the open master class as listeners.
The first master classes were also held at the college with other venerable musicians: Vasily Stepanov (cello) – international competitions laureate, the Gnesinka and the Gnesins Moscow Music School teacher; Leonid Guryev (trumpet) – international competitions laureate, the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Moscow State Institute of Culture teacher; Andrei Zubov (drums) – soloist-timpani, concertmaster of the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra percussion group, the Chopin Moscow State Musical Institute and the Haydn Children’s Music School teacher.
“The Norilsk College of Arts is a diverse and efficient institution, various instruments are presented here, and you teach well”, Yury Bashmet commented. “Our cello teacher noted the good preparedness of the children”.
The center’s mission, according to Yury Bashmet, is to provide new practices: the maestro is sure that it is important to communicate with both teachers and parents of the child, and young musicians should be able to “think, feel, refresh and put academic knowledge in its place”.
As part of the center’s professional and educational process, metropolitan teachers, the philharmonic orchestra soloists will come to Norilsk once a month.
A total of 24 master classes are planned during the calendar year. Each master class will take two or three, and sometimes four days. Within the sessions, foreign teachers arrival is possible.
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Text: Marina Horoshevskaya, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko