Artistic director – Yuri Bashmet


“For me, Tchaikovsky is my favourite composer. It was his music, when I was still at school, that changed my view of my profession and it was thanks to hearing his Sixth Symphony that I decided to become a professional musician. Klin is a very special place with incredible energy and a very special aura. When I come to Klin, to the Tchaikovsky House-Museum, I always feel an emotional lift on the one hand, and a great responsibility for what will happen on stage during the concert”

– Yuri Bashmet

 

For seven years already, the Tchaikovsky International Arts Festival has been held annually at the Tchaikovsky State Memorial Music Museum-Reserve in Klin in summer, invariably attracting attention not only of the general public, the media, but also of the professional music community.

The Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Culture of the Moscow Region, and the Klin city administration.

The Festival Organising Committee includes such prominent artists and cultural figures as Denis Matsuev, Dmitry Bertman, Evgeny Mironov, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Alexander Tchaikovsky, and Nikolai Tsiskaridze. Since 2020, the artistic director of the festival has been People’s Artist of the USSR Yuri Bashmet.

The festival’s main concerts are held outdoors in open air format on the large glade of the Tchaikovsky House Museum in Klin, which gives the forum events a very special, warm and enthusiastic atmosphere.

“People come in families with children, a sea of flowers, they listen very attentively, kindly, and it is God will to hold a festival in such a holy place,”said maestro Bashmet.

Every year, the festival programme includes a variety of genres: an evening of ballet, prepared by Nikolai Tsiskaridze, an evening of opera, for which Dmitry Bertman and the Helikon Opera are responsible, concerts of symphony and chamber music, and even jazz.

Thus, among the participants of the VII Festival, which ran from 1 to 11 July 2021, were solidly star names: Nikolai Tsiskaridze, Denis Matsuev, Vadim Eilenkrieg, Maria Carne, Evgeny Mironov, Roman Vargas, Vladimir Fedosev, Anna Bolshova, Ksenia Bashmet, Yulian Makarov and others. And despite the difficult epidemiological situation, the festival was attended by more than 4,500 people.

Professional and educational projects take place as part of the festival. For example, in 2021, a round table was held on the relationship between patrons, state structures, artists and entertainers. The third Music Academy for gifted children and the second School for young culture journalists also took place. The music academy of the festival takes place as part of the All-Russian programme “Yuri Bashmet to Young Talents of Russia” with the support of the Presidential Grants Fund.