In the beginning of 2019, the European Foundation for Support of Culture, with media support of the “Valletta 2018” Foundation and the Malta Tourism Authority, launched a project entitled “Malta – the new centre of tourism and classical music attraction”, which was held in the format of a presentation concert at European conservatories and to which all interested students were invited.
As part of the project in Moscow, a presentation concert was held on 30 March at the State Musical Pedagogical Institute named after M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov, Russia. The students had a unique opportunity to get to know Malta, learn about the activities of the European Foundation for Support of Culture and its educational projects, as well as international piano, violin and wind competitions for young talents.
The State Musical Pedagogical Institute named after M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov was founded in 1923. Actually, the school can be considered a “daughter” or a generously fruiting branch of the Moscow Conservatory, because at the time of the school’s establishment Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov was the first elected rector of the Moscow State Conservatory.
Today, the Institute is actively developing. New departments and fields are being opened, valuable scientific works and printed music are being published, contests and festivals are being established, foundations are being laid for expanding the material and technical facilities and introducing advanced technologies into the educational process. Among the graduates and teachers of Ippolitovka are a lot of iconic names from the chronicles of Russian and world music who are continuing to glorify Russia and represent its art abroad: Alexei Kandinsky, Soviet and Russian musicologist, teacher, author of numerous works on the history of Russian music, professor at the Moscow Conservatory, Merited Performer of the RSFSR; pianist Mikhail Voskresensky, Professor at the Moscow Conservatory, President of the International Scriabin Society, People’s Performer of the RSFSR; composer and violinist Alexei Aigui, winner of international competitions, leader of Ensemble 4’33; soprano Marina Poplavskaya, winner of many prestigious vocal competitions, soloist at the Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera, and many others.
The presentation concluded with a performance by violinist Karen Shakhgaldyan, laureate of Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition, and young pianist Ruben Kozin, laureate of the Eurasian Music Games, who together played popular works by Maltese composers.