By Olga Prokhorchenko
Over 30 of the best music students from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have taken part in the 3rd CIS Youth Music Academy. The eight-day training course concluded with a concert by students and professors at the Belarusian State Philharmonic.
The forum featured laureates and prize holders of the Special Fund of the President of Belarus for Support of the Talented Youth, as well as the CIS’ top young performers. The Music Academy was segmented into academic singing, violin, alto, cello, clarinet, percussion and piano.
“Our Academy ‘baby’ has just turned three, now standing on both feet and starting to move forward. It allows young artists to meet renowned performers of today, learning through master classes, individual classes, artistic meetings and joint performances,” explained People’s Artiste of Russia Yuri Bashmet before the concert.
The Academy is part of the 6th International Yuri Bashmet Festival, held in Minsk, aiming to preserve and promote classical art, find and support young talent, encourage new ideas and strengthen cultural links between CIS member states.
Mr. Bashmet notes that the 3rd CIS Youth Music Academy ‘has gone beyond Minsk’s borders’, as its concert was hosted by Gomel’s Palace and Park Estate. Gomel is this year’s Cultural Capital of Belarus and the CIS. Young performers and prominent musicians demonstrated their artistry at the Palace’s White Hall.
The 3rd CIS Youth Music Academy was held under the auspices of the CIS Interstate Humanitarian Co-operation Fund and the Culture Ministry of Belarus.