…Stroke of the wand, and the hall fills with the sounds of beloved and so familiar tunes from the movies. And on the big screen, the actors are reliving their stories, which everyone in the audience is immersed in their own memories. The works of Edward Artemiev, and the film Director Nikita Mikhalkov has found a new sound in the Concert hall of the Tchaikovsky Symphony orchestra “New Russia” under control of Yury Bashmet.

The press service of the charity Fund of Yuri Bashmet.

Over 20 years of international charitable Fund of Yuri Bashmet, whose founder is the President of Transcontinental media company Alexander Mitroshenkov, presents the Award of a name of Dmitry Shostakovich for contribution to world musical culture of the brightest representatives of the art. Its laureates became conductor Valery Gergiev, the President of the State Museum of fine arts. A. S. Pushkin Irina Antonova, pianist Denis Matsuev and many others . This time the owner of a unique prize was the creative Union of the two illustrious figures of Russian and world culture — Edward Artemiev and Director Nikita Mikhalkov. The first joint work was the thesis film of Nikita, a graduate of VGIK “a Quiet day at the end of the war.” They gave us such masterpieces as “home among strangers, a stranger among his own”, “love Slave”, “unfinished piece for mechanical piano” “Some days from the life of I. I. Oblomov”, “the Barber of Siberia”, “Kinfolk”, “Burnt by the sun” that passed the test of time and become a symbol of a whole generation.

By tradition, the President of the charity Fund of Yuri Bashmet gave a big gala concert, where he performed classic works from foreign films: “the blue Danube” by Johann Strauss from the film “2001: a Space Odyssey” directed by Stanley Kubrick, “Adagietto” by Gustav Mahler from the movie “Death in Venice” directed by Luchino Visconti, “Flight of the Valkyries” by Richard Wagner from “Apocalypse now” Director Francis Ford Coppola, as well as pieces from movies Artem Mikhalkov. During a gala awards ceremony composer Eduard Artemyev, which this year marks 80 years, the hall welcomed standing. “Today we have taken another step that is important for everyone. Not so long ago, songs from the movies had performed in concerts, went beyond the screen. In the modern world we are accustomed to perceive through visual images. Maybe that’s why the combination of the music and movie gives such a stunning effect. Music excites all our senses,” — said in the words of gratitude to Eduard Nikolaevich.

“I don’t know of another composer who can give up her music for the sake of rustling leaves or steps on the floorboards… Because for an artist, such a composer as Artemyev, music is anything that sounds in the world, including the voice, the water, the rustle of grass… This is a brilliant composer who lived all his life with music. He is the music,” says his friend Nikita Mikhalkov, in accepting the award.