14 May '12, 12pm
Interview with Yuri Bashmet #ARTsCalendar
I created the Moscow Soloists during a very difficult time for Russia. The country has only just begun restructuring and she was still really bad with money. Musicians, both well-known and the young ones mostly went abroad. But Nina Dorliak, Richter’s wife, spoke to me and told me something like: “Yuri, young musicians need you, your support, and your attention. Create a new ensemble from the best of all the students and graduates in the Moscow Conservatory to try and keep young talented people in the country. It is so important to the Russian culture and mostly importantly, to you.” I thought about it and realised she was incredibly right. So I did it and despite all the difficulties in the past 20 years, I’ve never regretted it.