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Moscow – Yurij Bashmet and the “Moscow Soloists” open the Embassy’s cultural events season

The concert of Maestro Yurij Bashmet and the “Moscow Soloists” (the chamber orchestra he founded and directs which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary) opened on 20 January, the season of cultural events at the Italian Embassy in Moscow. Yurij Bashmet, one of the major contemporary violinists, performed in the double role of conductor and soloist, with a musical repertoire featuring Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. There was also music from Paganini and Rossini as a homage to Italy, followed by three solo pieces composed by the Maestro. The soiree was attended by personalities from the Russian cultural, scientific, university and political circles, including Vice-Minister Arkadij Dvorkovich, and representatives of the Russian and Italian media and enterprises.

“Yurij Bashmet is a name familiar to and much appreciated by the friends of the Italian Embassy. I still recall with emotion the splendid duet when, in 2005, the Maestro joined Uto Ughi, in these same halls where some years ago he was awarded with a high Italian decoration,” said the Italian Ambassador in Moscow, Cesare Maria Ragaglini. “I find it extremely appropriate to open our dense programme of cultural events this year with a concert. Music has always represented a formidable bridge between Italy and Russia, countries which have always shared their love for music.”

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