Moscow’s 850th anniversary
talking about Moscow
people’s artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan, laureate of the International
“Moscow in My
Moscow is 850 years old. It
is impossible to realize to the full extent this fact about one of the biggest
megalopolises of our planet. My heart tells me that the immense and
unconditional love to Moscow and to its citizens comes from a strong feeling of
unity, sharing of the blessed atmosphere of the city, calm confidence that the
city is meant to be the place of cultural, spiritual, moral and social life.
People living on the 1/6th of the earth all share this one virtue
which never loses its value – the spiritual and cultural space. It was created
and nurtured by numerous generations of creators. Poets and writers,
politicians and economists, culturologists and philosophers, musicians and
artists created during “iron curtain” and during good times, creating
masterpieces of human spirit, unreachable for speculators, and these
masterpieces became national treasure of the people who have this strange and
fading name – soviet people. Only when the time passes, and when the inevitable
change of values comes one can see the uniqueness of the historical moment,
where the access to the spiritual values for the people of a huge country was
The unique atmosphere of
its cultural life and the talent concentration are the main ingredients of all
the wonderful processes. Everlasting monuments – the Bolshoy, Great Hall of the
Conservatory, Mariinsky theatre, Hermitage; Cultural guests – Kyiv, Minsk,
Baltic countries, Georgia. Names – Sakharov, Solzhenitsyn, Richter, Gilels,
Oystrach, Rostropovich. All the processes of bringing democracy to the society,
magazines, newspapers, “backrooms”, stores, restructuring, hopes… Strong, deep
and bright impressions of the theatre premieres, ballet shows, exhibitions,
tours of the musicians – all these have found their place in the soul and left
very special feelings.
I was lucky to study in the
Moscow Conservatory. This was a place that cultivated such qualities as high
professionalism, wise attention to cultural values, traditions, the ability to
grow and bring new traditions, passion to the professional growth. It is so
often that these necessary features of education are declared on paper, and
remain being nothing more but good words and intentions. Nevertheless, every
time the Conservatory successfully managed to create that highly demanded
“product” that was carefully grown, nurtured and inspired by the teachers of
this wonderful conservatory. Any prominent achievements in the musical world
have to do with the graduates of the Moscow conservatory, and reveal their deep
connection with Russian or Soviet musical school. This fact is acknowledged by
the global musical community. The unique faculty staff resembles powerful tree
trunk that grows beautiful crown of performers. I am naming only pianists –
L.N. Vlasenko, E.V. Malinin, L.N. Naumov, V.V. Gornostayeva, V.K. Merzhanov,
M.V. Voskresensky and many others. We have experienced together so many
beautiful moments, sharing the “spiritual food”. We never missed a concert,
passionately struggling for the tickets, and then listening to quartet art of
Borodin, Virsaladze, duet of Kachan and Gutman, discovering Schnitke, Denisov,
Gubaidullina. We all shared the thirst to play music, and now, thinking back to
those moments, I realize how deeply they are embedded in the soul, always
bringing never-ending longing for romanticism, spirituality and excitement.
I remember how I had to
play Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto, having G.N. Rozhdestvensky at the
second piano. He is an outstanding conductor, and a virtuoso piano player. I
remember that feeling that always comes when you sit next to the musical
genius: the spirit goes up, and it seems that some superior force is moving
your hands. It is impossible to understand why, but being close to a great
musician, you yourself become something more: more brave, more daring, and all
of a sudden you discover the true meaning of the music that was hidden before.
I can never forget songs of Brahms, performed by Hungarian bass Laslo Polgar.
This was the moment, when I, accompanying him, have felt for the first time a
very fine, hardly noticeable but very important difference in sounding,
intoning. As if I touched European vocal culture. I feel so much joy that experiences we shared
together, for example, with Misha Katz, are still alive in my soul. We spent
hours playing cello sonatas by Brahms, Beethoven, never saying a word, without
any pressure, purely enjoying the possibility to communicate through sounding.
Out of all memories these bring thrill the most.
I feel special gratitude to
the teachers – M.V. Milman, who lived 85 years of a happy teaching and
composition life; G.A. Alikhanov, whose students, acquiring a great experience
in chamber music, were surrounded by the atmosphere of humanity, humor and
kindness. Always thinking fondly about most dear teachers – L.N. Vlasenko,
people’s artist of the USSR, professor who has passed away too early in his
life and about an outstanding musician of today – Mikhail Pletnev, who had a
great impact on forming independent musical thinking. I was truly lucky that
these people opened the doors to the musical world for me, who helped me to
discover the wonderful world of piano.
One has to notice how
contacts, international friendship influence art, innovations and attitude
towards cultural values, and the lifestyle. I would like to give a few examples
of this. Composition style of G. Zhubanova and Y. Shaporin – Moscow school, it
continues today in its students. A. Mambetov combines traditions of Moscow’s
drama school, and thanks to him best directors and plays are always performed
in Almaty. T. Abdrashev is Rozhdestvensky’s favorite student. G. Murzabekova was accepted to David Oystrach’s
class, and this was during the times when he had an intense concert life and
would not accept anyone in class. A.Musakhodzhayeva – is the professor of Moscow
Conservatory, V. Klimov’s student, over the past few years she managed to
improve the quality of concert life, inviting world stars to perform in Almaty.
A. Dnishev has achieved greatest artistic heights together with Russian folk
orchestra and with a prominent concertmaster E. Shenderovich. D. Kaseinov – he
is an everlasting fuel of cultural life, bringing together everything bright
and talented, organizing unique concerts, competitions, festivals, research
symposiums, international musical collectives.
Numerous graduates coming
from Kazakhstan now perform on global level – M. Bisengaliev, violinist with a
great potential and happy start of his musical career, Z. Kenzhbulatova – an
outstanding pianist, who works now in the USA, S. Tazhibayeva – bright performer
and talented musicologist live and works now in Germany, T. Yerzhanov – a
gifted musician, and very fine ensemble player – he is giving concerts in
Europe. This list could go on, but it illustrates a great community created
during several years of studying and sharing life in the Moscow Conservatory.
This musical fellowship grows over time, creating a true global musical space.
“Army” of the Moscow
Conservatory alumni has all chances to conquer the world and set the regime of
culture and spirituality, art and intellect, granting love and kindness with a
strict schedule of fulfilling all hopes and dreams of the mankind. But in the
beginning it starts with Moscow who turns 850 now.