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.