A conference dedicated to the musical heritage of Russia and Germany was held in Berlin

In Berlin, within the framework of the program of the Days of the Spiritual Culture of Russia in Germany, the conference “Musical Heritage of Russia and Germany” was held. It was moderated by Mikhail Bryzgalov, Director of Russian National Museum of Music, Member of the Board of the Russian Musical Union.

He spoke about the exhibition projects of the Museum of Music in Berlin – the photo exhibitions entitled “The Spiritual Music of Russia and Germany” and “Mikhail Glinka “Music is My Soul”, dedicated to the work of Mikhail Glinka and, in particular, to the years the composer spent in Berlin. The Director of the Museum of Music noted the important role of the Glinka Society in Berlin, which is actively involved in promoting the composer’s work in Germany and Europe.

The third exhibition project of the Museum is “The History of Tchaikovsky International Competition” opened the first fan zone of Tchaikovsky International Competition abroad. Similar fan zones will appear in several other countries. The competition will be held this year from June 17 to July 4 at the main concert venues in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The conference brought together musicologists – experts in Russian and foreign music, representatives of museums and cultural institutions, public organizations of the two countries. Presentations were made about Russian and German composers, the relationship of the two cultures. The problem of preserving modern musical heritage was actively discussed. The event featured music and theater museums, associations, and music organizations.

The speakers were Antonina Lebedeva-Emelina (The State Institute of Art Studies), Stefan Grebener (“Initiative” Theater Museum), Stanislav Dyachenko (Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory), Olga Khomova (The State Academic Chapel of St. Petersburg), Natalia Tartakovskaya (Russian National Museum of Music), Anna Alyabyeva (A.G. Schnitke Moscow State Institute of Music), and others.

One of the most discussed topics at the conference was the popularization of Russian musical culture abroad, including among young audience.

The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Russian National Museum of Music hosted the conference. The event was supported by the Russian Embassy in Germany and Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation.