RNO Principal Trumpet Vladislav Lavrik Receives Presidential Prize at Kremlin Ceremony

 

Vladislav Lavrik, principal trumpet of the Russian National Orchestra, has been awarded the 2015 Russian Presidential Prize for Young Artists.

At a Kremlin ceremony on March 25, 2016, President Vladimir Putin bestowed the award on three young artists. Lavrik is the only musician to receive the award, which recognizes artists under 35 who have already made a significant impact on the artistic and creative life of Russia.

In presenting the award, Putin noted that Lavrik has made a “huge contribution to culture in our country and in society,” singling out his contributions “to the development and popularization of music.”  He stated that Lavrik “is justifiably considered one of the best trumpeters in Russia, performing on the world’s leading stages," and is also achieving success as an artistic director, conductor, and teacher.

In accepting the award, Lavrik stated, “I am very glad I was raised and educated in the traditions of Russian culture, and I am happy to be able to pursue that which I love best. This award inspires me to work harder and do all I can for the furtherance of musical culture.”

In 2011, Lavrik established Moscow's International Brass Days Festival, an annual series of concerts and master classes with guest artists from Russia and other countries. According to Lavrik, the goal of the Brass Music Project is to "revive, expand and improve brass music in Russia – we want more and better players and a wider audience. The mission of Brass Days is to make every day a day to enjoy and learn about the rich traditions of brass music in Russia and other countries."

Lavrik travels in Russia and abroad every year, performing, teaching master classes and encouraging teachers and students of brass instruments to pursue their studies to the highest level. His charitable foundation supports new compositions, community bands, concerts in parks and other venues, music therapy, and donations of brass instruments to young musicians.

Full biography of Vladislav Lavrik

Video of the award ceremony

 

Presidential Decree - Vladislav Lavrik
The Russian Presidential Decree

 

What They’re Saying

"To present American and Russian musicians performing and teaching together at Festival Napa Valley...is precisely the kind of effort that sustains vital cultural links...at 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