Pletnev Awarded High Honor

  • Apr 3, 2019

In March 2019, by presidential decree, RNO Founder and Artistic Director Mikhail Pletnev was awarded one of the country’s highest honors, the Medal of the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland", Second Degree. The presidential decree stated that the medal was awarded to Pletnev for his “outstanding contributions in the development of the country’s culture and arts,” and “for many years of productive activity.”

By the same decree, RNO principal violist Sergei Dubov was awarded the title Distinguished Artist of the Russian Federation, one of the highest honors for artistic achievement in Russia. Dubov joins nine other RNO musicians who have previously received this award. In addition, three RNO musicians - concertmaster Alexei Bruni, double bassist Rustem Gabdullin, and clarinetist Nikolai Mozgovenko - have previously received Russia’s highest artistic honor, People’s Artist of Russia. Pletnev also received this honor, in 1989, one year before founding the RNO. Although only a handful of artists receive these meritorious distinctions each year, the awards have been bestowed upon nearly every principal musician in the Russian National Orchestra.


What They’re Saying

"To present American and Russian musicians performing and teaching together at Festival Napa precisely the kind of effort that sustains vital cultural a critical time for both societies. [This] resonates with the public [and] is meaningful for the musician participants...Cultural diplomacy and music offer alternatives to contention and sustain important linkages between our societies for the long run...Now more than ever we need viable citizen-to-citizen points of contact and dialogue."

James F. Collins (Ambassador Ret.)

Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace