Russian Rome
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The festival's purpose is to bring together outstanding people, whose activities and creativity help popularising Russian culture abroad.
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8 November 2019
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President of the festival «Russian Rome», оriginal author
Award winners
Nomination "Theatrical art"
Nomination "For the preservation of Russian cultural heritage abroad"
Nomination "For promoting Russian culture in the world in the field of literature"
Nomination "For the promotion of Russian culture in the world in the field of fine arts"

Nomination "For the promotion of Russian culture in the world in the field of music"
Nomination "For the promotion of Russian art abroad"
Silvia Burini
Professor, honorary member of the Russian Academy of arts, laureate of the President of the Russian Federation

S. Burini is a professor of history of Russian art and contemporary art at the University of Venice. She ia also a director of the Center for cultural studies of Russia (CSAR) in Venice. Over the years Silvia Burini has curated numerous exhibitions devoted to Russian art and events that introduce Russian cinema to the public. She is a specialist and author of publications in the field of Slavistics, Russian art and semiotics of culture.
At the moment Silvia Burini is engaged in social realism, the Moscow underground of 1960 – 1970 and works on the book about hybrids and monsters in modern Russian art.
Sergei Krylov

He began learning to play the violin at the age of five. At the age of 6 he gave his first concert. At the age of 18, the musician won the first prize at the international competition named after Rodolfo Lipizer in Gorizia (Italy), then began studying with Salvatore Accardo at the Academy "Walter Stauffer". The young violinist became widely known after he was awarded the first prize at the competition named after Antonio Stradivari in Cremona and first prize at the prestigious Fritz Kreisler competition in Vienna.
M. Rostropovich wrote about hum: "Sergei Krylov is one of the five best contemporary violinists in the world."
Andris Liepa
People's artist of Russia, ballet soloist, theatre director and producer

For eight years of work in the Bolshoi company Andris Liepa danced leading roles in the ballets "Nutcracker", "Sleeping beauty", "Giselle", "Ivan the Terrible", "Golden age", "Raymond", "Swan lake". He danced at the Teatro Alla Scala with Carla Fracci, the Paris Opera with Isabelle Guérin, worked with Maurice Béjart in Lausanne. He used to be a guest soloist at the Roman Opera, Swedish Opera and other renowned ballet companies.
The charitable Foundation named after Maris Liepa under the direction of Andris and his sister, Ilze Liepa, preserves and develops the traditions of Russian ballet.

Sergei Tchoban
Architect, artist, honorary academician of the Russian Academy of arts and the Union of German architects (BDA)

Sergei Tchoban is an author of more than 40 buildings in various cities of Russia, Germany, Italy, many of which have been awarded prestigious international awards. He is a winner of the European architectural award (European Prize for Architecture) 2018. Sergei Tchoban was a curator of the Russian pavilion at the Venice architecture Biennale (twice: in 2010 and 2012). In 2012, he received the first award in the history of Russia at the architectural Biennale – a special jury prize.

Elisabeth Cheauré
Professor, doctor of science

Elizabeth Cheauré is the founder and organizer of the Marina Tsvetaeva Center for Russian culture in Freiburg (Germany). She heads the Department of Slavic literature of the University, being an honorary doctor of RSUH (Moscow) and honorary Professor of Tver State University (for services in the field of Russian-German cultural and scientific relations). Under the leadership of Elizabeth Cheauré a large number of events related to Russia in the cultural and social aspects took place. She is also an author of several books on Russian culture and literature and is currently writing a book on Russian traditions in Freiburg.

Guzel Yakhina

Guzel Yakhina is a winner of the Big Book and Yasnaya Polyana awards (2015) and an author of novels "Zuleikha opens her eyes" and "My Children".
The novel "Zuleikha opens her eyes" is published in 30 languages. In 2017, the French version of the novel was nominated for the Medici award and received the Transfuge award for "Best foreign novel".
G. Yakhina became the author of the" Total dictation " in 2018. She wrote three texts for different time zones, called "Morning", "Day" and "Evening", which were later included in the novel "My Children".
Currently the film based on the novel "Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes" is being shot. The film will contain several series and star Chulpan Khamatova.

Special prize «60th anniversary of the first edition of the novel «Doctor Zhivago»

Nomination «For the promotion of the Russian culture in the field of public activity»

Nomination «For the promotion of the Russian culture in the music world»

Nomination «For promoting the Russian culture in the world in the field of literature»

Nomination «For popularizing the Russian culture in the world in the the field of fine arts»
Nomination «For the promotion of the Russian culture in the field of translation activity»

Evgeny Vodolazkin
Writer, literary critic, Doctor of Philology
Nomination «For promoting the Russian culture in the world in the field of literature»

He was born in 1964 in Kiev. He graduated with honors from the Faculty of Philology of Kiev State University. After defending his thesis under the guidance of Dmitry Likhachev, he studied Ancient Russian literature at the Institute of Russian Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
He is the author of the novels "Laurus" and "Aviator".
Now, his books have been published in 19 languages.
He is the winner of two awards of Bolshaya kniga and the Yasnaya Polyana [Rus: Clear glade] Prize and has also been honored with many international literary awards.
Valery Koshlyakov
Russian painter
Nomination «For popularizing the Russian culture in the world in the the field of fine arts»

Participant of the 25th Biennale in Sao Paulo in 2002. He represented Russia at the Venice Biennale in 2003, participated in the exhibition Russia! in the New York Museum of Modern Art.
He often uses non-traditional materials - from corrugated packaging paperboard to scotch tape - in his works. The paintings impress with their courage of expression and ingenuity.
The artist's works were exhibited and are in the collections of the largest museums in the world: in the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in France, the Louvre Museum, in the museums of the US, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
He is among the TOP5 in rating for auction results of contemporary Russian artists.
Ekaterina Mechetina
Nomination «For the promotion of the Russian culture in the music world»

She started playing when she was 4 years old. Her first performance on stage was at the age of 5. Her first solo concert was held at the age of 10.
Today, Ekaterina performs with the best orchestras of Russia and Europe. For all the time of her concert activity she have performed in 40 countries of the world. There are Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Spivakov, Pavel Kogan and many others among the conductors with whom the pianist performed.
In 2011, she became a member of the Council for Culture and Art under the President of the Russian Federation. In 2012, she became a confidant of Vladimir Putin.
She is a soloist of the Moscow State Philharmonic. Award winner of the President of the Russian Federation Prize.
Vittorio Strada
Literary critic, translator-slavist and historian
Nomination «For the promotion of the Russian culture in the field of translation activity»

He was born in 1929 in Milan. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Milan, in 1958 he entered the postgraduate course of Moscow State University.
At the age of 26, he translated the story of Nekrasov "In his Native City" into Italian. At the same time he published articles on "Thaw" Period in Literature. He ran Russian Language and Literature Department at the University of Venice for more than 20 years.
He published the international magazine Russia in Italy . He hosted a lot of Italian-Russian exhibitions and conferences. He was the Director of the Italian Institute of Culture (The Istituto Italiano di Cultura) in Moscow. As a teacher, he retired in 2003, but he still continues to carry out translation work.
Carlo Feltrinelli
Book publisher
Special prize «60th anniversary of the first edition of the novel «Doctor Zhivago»

The special prize of the festival, dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the first edition of the novel «Doctor Zhivago», was given to Carlo Feltrinelli. It was his publishing house that in November 1957 released the novel for the first time. After that, in just two years, the novel was translated into 24 languages.
Conrad Furman
Representative of the European Commission, Head of the Turgenev Society of Belgium and Luxembourg
Nomination «For the promotion of the Russian culture in the field of pubic activity»

He was born in 1957 in Gottingen, Germany. He graduated from the Faculty of Philology of Tubingen State University. After the university, he worked as a teacher, translator and journalist.
Konrad learnt Russian to read Pushkin, Turgenev and Tolstoy without translation. He is fluent in ten languages.
He works in the European Commission in Brussels. He heads the department responsible for managing translations of various texts, including Russian literature.
With support of
About 200 years ago the first «Russian salons» were organized by the efforts of Princess Zinaida Volkonskaya, who united the greatest writers and artists of the epoch: P. Viazemsky, I. Turgenev, K.Brullov, A. Ivanov, Stendhal, Walter Scott, J. F. Cooper.
At the «Russian salons» in Rome, Gogol first read the first chapters of «Dead Souls» in public.
Writers, artists, directors, musicians, public figures whose activity popularize Russian culture abroad will be marked by award «Russian Rome».
Expert Council
Chairman of the Organising Committee of the festival Russian Rome, Original Author

Rector of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory
Italian diplomat
Representative of the European Commission, Head of the Turgenev Society of Belgium and Luxembourg
Director of Vladimir Dahl Russian State Literary Museum (State Literary Museum)
Executive Director of the festival Russian Rome
Opera singer
Director of the Italian Institute of Culture in Moscow
President of The Russian Book Union

Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Italian Republic and concurrently in the Republic of San Marino


Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Director general of ATER (Theatre Association of Emilia Romagna)
Director of The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
Slavic translator and Founder of Woland Publishing House
Altaeva Ekaterina
Executive Director of the festival Russian Rome

She has been among the TOP100 best media managers in Russia since 2014.
TEFI and TEFI-Region multiple nominee and award winner, more than 20 years of experience in television.
She specializes in development and implementation of communication campaigns and major projects in various sectors, in creating new instruments and solutions for corporate video content, and in business consulting.
Buck Dmitry
Director of Vladimir Dahl Russian State Literary Museum (State Literary Museum)

PhD in Philology, Head of Department of History of Russian Modern Literature at Russian State University for the Humanities, Professor of Department of Art Studies of the School-Studio named after V.I. Nemirovich-Danchenko at the Moscow Art Theatre named after A.P. Chekhov. Literary historian and reviewer, expert on History of classical and modern Russian literature and literary criticism. Author of more than 250 monographs. Member of Union of Writers, Union of Journalists, Theatre Union of the Russian Federation.
Bukalov Alexey
Head of TASS Representative Office in Italy and the Vatican

Soviet and Russian international journalist, writer-Pushkinist and translator. Being a member of the papal press pool, he is the only Russian correspondent who has accompanied the Bishops of Rome on board their VIP planes, covering apostolic journeys to different countries, since 2002.
From 1962 to 1978 - he served in the Foreign Service in Embassy of the USSR in Somalia, Ethiopia and Italy.
Award winner of many international literary premiums.
Lepsky Yuri
Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Rossiyskaya Gazeta

He graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of Ural State University in 1972. He worked in the newspaper Molodoy dal'nevostochnik [Rus: Young inhabitant of the Far East] ( Khabarovsk), he was the staff correspondent of the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda in Novosibirsk. From 1984 to 1988 - he was the Head of Department and the Executive Secretary of the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda. From 1988 to 1991 - he was the staff correspondent of the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda in India. He has been working as a political analyst of the newspaper Trud since 1991.
Pavlova Vera

She graduated from Music College named after A.G. Schnittke and Russian Academy of Music named after the Gnessins with a major in History of Music. She composed music from 8 to 18 years old and wanted to become a composer. She published musicological essays, sang in the church choir for about ten years.
She began to write poetry at the age of 20. She published 18 books in Russia. They were translated into 20 foreign languages. As a reader, she recorded 7 discs with poems of the poets of Silver Age. Performances on Pavlova's poems were staged in Skopin, Perm, Moscow.

Pavlova Natalia
Opera singer

In 1998, she studied at the Gnessins State Musical College at Choral Conducting Department. In 2002, she graduated from Music College of Moscow State Institute of Music named after A.G. Schnittke with a major in History of Music. She graduated from Vocal Studies Department of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (Professor K.G. Kadinskaya's class). From 2003 to 2005, she studied in Russian Academy of Treatre Arts at the Faculty of Musical Theatre in the class of A.B. Titel, then in the class of R.G. Viktyuk.
Since 2006, she has been working in the theater School of Dramatic Art as an actress and singer.
Alexander Pushkin's great-great- granddaughter.
Razov Sergey
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Italian Republic and concurrently in the Republic of San Marino

In 1975, he graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs. PhD in Economics, Author of a number of scientific works and publications. He has the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, awarded in January 1992. He speaks English, Chinese and Polish. He has been honored with State awards.
He has worked in the Foreign Service since 1990. He has extensive experience in the central office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and abroad.
Sokolov Alexander
Rector of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory

Soviet and Russian musicologist and teacher. Minister of Culture and Mass Communications of Russia from 2004 to 2008, Professor, Head of Department of Music Theory, Doctor of Arts. Honored Art Worker.
He has been performing music-critical, awareness-raising and management duties as a member of the Union of Composers and the Music Fund of Russia for many years.
Stepashin Sergey
President of The Russian Book Union

Russian state and political figure.
The second and last Director of the Federal Counter-Intelligence Service (1994-1995). The first Director of the Federal Security Service (1995). Justice Minister of the Russian Federation (1997-1998), Interior Minister of the Russian Federation (1998-1999), President of the Russian Government (May-August, 1999). Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation (2000-2013). Doctor of Law, Professor, Colonel General. Chairman of the Association of Lawyers of Russia. Chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society.
Strada Olga
Director of the Italian Institute of Culture in Moscow

She is a well-known figure in the field of Russian-Italian humanitarian relations, translator and historian.
She graduated from Ca' Foscari University of Venice, she is a member of the International Centre for Studies on Russian Arts at her home Venetian University of Ca 'Foscari.
She has been involved in organizing many Italian exhibitions and festivals in Russia.
Torin Vladimir
Chairman of the Organising Committee of the festival Russian Rome, Original Author

Member of the Union of Writers of Russia, PhD in History, political scientist and political technologist. He worked as a military journalist, going to all the hot spots one by one which were dispersed across the territory of the former USSR. He aimed to consolidate the journalistic brotherhood while being the founder of the All-Russian journalistic association MediaSoyuz, he worked as a teacher of journalism. He worked as a press secretary for the largest Russian industrial companies.
Furman Conrad
Representative of the European Commission, Head of the Turgenev Society of Belgium and Luxembourg

He was born in 1957 in Gottingen, Germany. He graduated from the Faculty of Philology of Tubingen State University. After the university, he worked as a teacher, translator and journalist.
Konrad learnt Russian to read Pushkin, Turgenev and Tolstoy without translation. He is fluent in ten languages.
He works in the European Commission in Brussels. He heads the department responsible for managing translations of various texts, including Russian literature.
Antonio Zanardi Landi
Italian diplomat

He has graduated from the law faculty of the University of Padua in 1974.
After completing his military service in the rank of second Lieutenant of the reserve, during which he participated in saving of the victims of the earthquake in Friuli, Zanardi Landi worked in the Italian automobile company FIAT. In 1978-79, immediately after the start of his diplomatic career, Antonio Zanardi Landi studied at the Higher school of management in Paris.
In 1978 he entered the diplomatic service with an appointment to the Department of Protocol of the Republic. In 1981 he worked in the General Secretariat of the Italian Foreign Ministry. Since 1982 he was a first Secretary of the Italian Embassy in Ottawa (Canada), since 1984-87 – Consul of Italy in Tehran (Iran). During the Iran-Iraq war, he organized the evacuation of all Italian citizens from the Iranian capital. Since 1987 he worked as an adviser on the press and information of the Italian Embassy in the UK (London). In 1989, the year after his return to Rome, he started working in the Central apparatus of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, in which Zanardi Landi holds up until 1992 and his appointment to the post of Advisor of the Italian Embassy to the Holy see.
In 1996, he was removed from the staff and sent to work at the European University in Fiesole for the post of Secretary General.
Since 2000 he was a member of the Cabinet of the Minister of foreign Affairs of Italy with responsibilities to supervise relations with the Parliament. Since 2002 – head of the coordination group of the General Secretariat of the Italian foreign Ministry. Since 2004 — Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Italy to Serbia and Montenegro (Belgrade). In 2006, he served as Deputy Secretary General of the Italian foreign Ministry. Since 2007 – Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Italy to the Holy See and the Sovereign military order of St. John, Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta, part-time. Since December 2010 – Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Italy to the Russian Federation (Moscow) and, concurrently, to Turkmenistan. In September 2013, he was appointed diplomatic adviser to the President of the Italian Republic.
Since 1994 he has also been a member of the academic Council of the geopolitical journal Limes.
Since January 4, 2015, he has headed the Aquileia Foundation, a cultural organization located in the North of Italy, which is engaged in the protection of the UNESCO world heritage site.
In June 2015, Ambassador Zanardi Landi has also held the position of Senior adviser of the company of Pirelli.
Since 2016 he is a member of the Board of the Fund of pediatric hospital "Baby Jesus".
Since September 2, 2016 – Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sovereign military order of St. John, Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta to the Holy See.
From 2018, he is a scientific Advisor of Confindustria (Association of Industrialists of Italy).
Knight of The Grand cross of the Order of merit for the Italian Republic and the Order of Friendship, which was received from the hands of the President of the Russian Federation. He was also awarded by the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation distinction for the development of cultural relations between Italy and Russia.
He is married to Sabine Cornage Medici Castiglioni and has three children: Pietro, Benedetta and Katerina.
Roberto Giovanardi
Director general of ATER (Theatre Association of Emilia Romagna)

Roberto Giovanardi was born and lives in Modena (Italy).

Since 1971 he has been working in ATER (Theatre Association of Emilia Romagna), acting in different roles and departments: tour manager for Italian and foreign projects, production manager at Aterballetto (since its birth in 1978 till 1991), director of ATER agency (since 1988). Since 1994 he has been appointed General Director of ATER.

Since 2003, Giovanardi is the artistic Director of the PARMADANZA and ATERDANZA festivals.

He also taught dance managing, distribution and promotion at Efeso (Bologna) training studies and theatre management at LUISS University in Rome. Since 1997 he has been taught theatre production and distribution at SDA Bocconi University in Milan in masters for theatre managers.

Thanks to his professional activities in the sphere of promotion and implementation of tours, special projects and entertainment events, Roberto Giovanardi established personal contacts with world-famous artists and famous theater groups around the world. His knowledge of several foreign languages, such as English, French, Russian, Spanish and German, definitely helped him in his career.

Giovanni also works closely with the Milan Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Arturo Toscanini Foundation, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Teatro San Carlo in Naples. He promotes their tours in Italy and abroad, organizes exhibitions and festivals, as well as a number of other cultural initiatives.

For many years he collaborates with the regional administrations of Emilia-Romagna and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, engaging in the promotion of such Italian shows abroad as "Italy on stage in new York and Toronto", "Italy in Argentina", "Italy in Japan" (2001), "300 years of Saint Petersburg" (2003), "Italy-Moscow" (2005), "Italy in China" (2006), "Italy-Russia" (2011), "Italy-Brazil" (2012), "Hong Kong arts festival" (2007-2013-2014), "Russian Seasons" in Italy (2018).
Marina Loshak
Director of The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

She graduated from the Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University with a degree in Classical Philology.

Throughout different episodes of her career she was leading numerous institutions: Moscow Center of Arts at Neglinnaya, Tatintsian Gallery and Museum and Exhibition association of "Manege", D.A. Nalbandyan's museum-studio space and museum of V. A. Sidur.

Marina Loshak has also established the Proun Gallery and is a member of the experts council (2010) and the jury (2014) for the Kandinsky Prize awards.

Loshak Marina was appointed director of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts on 11th of July, 2013.
Of Russian Culture Abroad
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Belavina Ekaterina
Poet, translator. Member of the Moscow City Organization of the Writers' Union of Russia

Researcher of French and Russian poetry of the XIX-XXI centuries. PhD in Philology, Associate Professor of the Philological Faculty of Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov, Head of the translation seminar 'Laboratory of the artistic word' at Department of Discourse Theory. Author of Thesis on the poetics of Paul Verlaine and the creative imagination, the textbook 'Lire en français la poésie', several articles on French and Russian literature, as well as on artistic translation. She has got teaching experience in Paris (ENS, Paris, Ulm). The poetic book «Filles, fleurs, metamorphoses» was published in 2018.
Buldakova Elena
President of the Cultural Association

Project manager on creating of Internet media; founder of the information-analytical site that is an independent Italian Internet edition which has been functioning since 2014 in three language versions (Italian, Russian and English); Chairman of the Editorial Board of the site.
Active journalist with 25 years of experience, working with well-known media publications, government agencies, public associations, professional and business communities in Italy and Russia.
Author, leader, coordinator, participant, as well as a consultant and expert of international thematic socio-cultural programs, projects and events aimed at the humanitarian and cultural developing of the community which have already been held and are being implemented in Italy, Russia and CIS countries, Japan, Great Britain.
Gerigk Horst-Jurgen
Slavist, Doctor of Philology

Since 1974, he has been working as Professor of Russian literature and general literary criticism at the University of Heidelberg.
From 1998 to 2004, he was the President of the International Society of Dostoevsky, now he is the Honorary President of this organization and the Turgenevsky Society of Germany.
Numerous monographs of the Professor are devoted to the work of F.M. Dostoevsky and I.S. Turgenev.
Zvigilsky Mark
Director of the Museum of I.S. Turgenev in Bougival (France), guide

In 1983, together with his parents and brother, he put a great deal of effort to create the Museum of I.S. Turgenev in Bougival. Since 2010, he had been actively working to ensure the successful functioning of the Museum.
The Mayor's Office of the city of Bujival appointed him responsible for the organization of cultural events timed to the 200th anniversary of I.S. Turgenev in 2018, as well as for the development of the estate of the writer and historical places of Bougival in general.
He graduated from V. Naumov's class of Directing Department at All-Russian State University of Cinematography named after S. A. Gerasimov. He is the author of the theatrical play «The Song of the Ashs», narrating about the life of I.S. Turgenev and P. Viardo. Among the works of Zvigilsky, there are several films dedicated to the estate Yaseni and the Museum, there are also some films dedicated to Russian culture and its dissemination both in France and throughout Europe.
Tischner Tatiana-Emilia
Vice-President of the Turgenevsky Society of Germany (Baden-Baden)

She actively promotes the prosperity of Russian culture in Germany and German culture in Russia, popularizing Russia's cultural achievements. She is a member of the Society German-Russian Bridge (Bad Homburg), a member of the Brahms Society (Baden-Baden), a patron of the Palace of Festivals in Baden-Baden. Besides, she participates in various international cultural and scientific initiatives.
She closely cooperates with the German Chekhov Society (Badenweiler), the Center for Russian Culture named after M.I. Tsvetaeva (Freiburg), the public library and reading room named after I.S. Turgenev (Moscow), the Pushkin House (the Institute of Russian Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint-Petersburg), the Museum Preserves Spasskoe-Lutovinovo and Bezhin lug, the Institute of Translation (Moscow) and other organizations.
She is a member of the International Organizing Committee for the preparation and holding in 2018 of the 200th anniversary of the birth of writer, poet, translator, public figure I.S. Turgenev.
Shumilova Natalia
Organizer of the Turgenev Society of Benelux

In 2015, together with the literary critic and translator Konrad Furman, he organized the Turgenev Society, which unites lovers both of Ivan Turgenev's works and Russian culture in Belgium. The literary and music salon revives the tradition of pre-revolutionary salons in the West.
Together with the Moscow public library and reading room named after I.S. Turgenev, the Russian Cultural Center in Brussels, the Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, he is preparing the project Turgenev Days, the international conference on Russian literature in Belgium with the participation of the Turgenev Societies of Baden-Baden, Bougival and Russia, dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the writer's birth. The events are planned for early July 2018.
Effern Renata
President of the Turgenevsky Society of Germany (Baden-Baden)

She graduated from the University of Freiburg in Breisgau, the main areas of study were Slavic studies with in-depth study of Russian literature and History of Eastern Europe.
In 1992 she founded Turgenev Society in Baden-Baden. This is the only union aimed to promoting the literary heritage of the great Russian writer on German soil.
Mrs. Effern has been honored with state awards of Russia and Germany for her services in the field of culture and art, education, humanities and literature, for her great contribution to the study and preservation of cultural heritage, to the rapprochement and mutual enrichment of cultures of nations and nationalities.
Author of books on Russian history of Baden-Baden.
Natasha Butterwick
RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE owner and director, art collector

Natasha has over 20 years' experience in the art world in Russia and the UK. After receiving degrees from the Moscow State Institute of Economics and Statistics and Christies Education Fine and Decorative Art Department, London, Natasha established a fine art business in dealing in Applied Arts and Russian Art of 19th and 20th centuries. She is an avid art collector and is passionate about music, dance and literature.

Since its inception in 2011, RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE has become the most popular and comprehensive international guide to the world of Russian art and culture. It features listings of the best selected events all over the world, exclusive interviews with the world renown professionals of the Russian cultural scene, reviews of the latest books, exhibitions and performances, research articles and opinion pieces, and the latest reports on the art market.

Throughout the year we host seminars, lectures, film screenings, conferences and organise private art tours. In 2014 we published the UK-Russia Year of Culture magazine and, in 2015, commissioned the first-ever in-depth analysis of the Russian Auction Market – an invaluable and much-quoted source of reference for art professionals.

RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE is the founder of the RUSSIAN ART WEEK in London – an exclusive network uniting the leading auctions of Russian Art at Sotheby's, Christies, MacDougalls and Bonhams with the coinciding Russian-themed exhibitions and cultural events.

RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE publishes a comprehensive bi-annual OFFICIAL RUSSIAN ART WEEK GUIDE, coinciding with the June and November auctions of Russian Art at Sotheby's, Christie's, MacDougall's and Bonhams. The Guide is available across London at locations from the Courtauld Institute, via the Saatchi Gallery to the Russian Embassy, to leading auction houses, business centres, restaurants and hotels, including The Dorchester, Claridge's and The Ritzproviding an insight into the most important events and topics.
Olga Bobrovnikova
Pianist, Brain Ambassador for Year of the Brain initiative 2014, Good Will Ambassador for European Brain Council EBC

Born in Moscow, graduated from Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, Olga has lived in Belgium for 30 years.

Olga Bobrovnikova, a concert pianist with MS had a normal carrier, playing concerts as a soloist and in duet with her first legendary"husband, Mikhail Bezverkhni, 1st Prize Winner of Queen Elisabeth competition in Brussels, recorded CD's, until she was finally diagnosed. Multiple Scleroses that could be a life sentence became a turning point in her life modifying and adjusting activities. She started her musical research on life and work of forgotten Russian pianist, professor of Moscow Conservatoire Paul Pabst. This discovery resulted in learning and recording for the first time of his piano concerto, piano miniatures, piano trio in a Memory of A. G. Rubinstein, romances and finally a novel "Diary of Alexandra Petrovna Pabst or a Paraphrase on a sad theme" published in Moscow in 2008.

Olga was also continuously working on human brain research in relation to music: what music does for our brain & how our brain functions are influenced by music. She is deeply involved in charity work to create awareness of MS and other neurological conditions. Her research and key-findings prompted her to write "Playing the Pathways of My Brain", a semi biography and study of the brain and music. This led directly to "Building a Musical Brain", a new method of teaching music using keyboard. The method has proven both successful and applicable to Therapy and Rehabilitation. The brain research and Olga's own experience indicate that musical education provides cognitive and behavioural improvements.

In her most recent work Olga is using the method with a child with cerebral palsy (CP) to seek motor improvements. She stated that learning music helps the child develop a healthy functioning brain.

In 2014 Olga Bobrovnikova was nominated as Brain Ambassador for Year of the Brain initiative. She was confirmed Good Will Ambassador for European Brain Council EBC in 2019.
Apeksha Bhattacharyya
Founder of the Indian Academy of Russian Ballet

Ms. Apeksha Bhattacharyya is the first Indian to promote Russian Ballet in India. She has received her Diploma from the Bolshoi Ballet Program under the Russian American Foundation in New York and has received training in Finland, Croatia, London, Budapest.

She has been awarded the national level INDIAN EDUCATION AWARD as the Emerging skill programme in India and has been named the Top 5 Successful women in Mumbai by India Today magazine.

Her students have represented India in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Vienna, Turkey, Greece and Singapore. Her school also organises the only ballet competition in Mumbai.
Victor Serghie
Violinist and conductor, Director of the Sydney Balalaika Orchestra of Russian folk instruments

Victor has been playing the violin since he was five. When his family emigrated to Australia, Victor did not give up on music for a single day. He graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a violinist and studied turnery. In his free time, he would play jazz and rock-n-roll. One day some friends of his asked him to hold a rehearsal with a small group of musicians playing Russian folk instruments at Sydney's Russian Club, and ever since that time he has been part of the Balalaika band. The Balalaika is a unique ensemble uniting 26 people of 12 nationalities with only five of them speaking Russian. The orchestra performs Russian folk music and plays authentic folk instruments. The repertoire of the orchestra embraces light classics and folk music. To have a Russian national costume made, the musicians scrutinize dozens of journals; getting the instruments is even more challenging as there are no dombras or balalaikas in Australia and they have to be ordered in Russia. Advocates of the Russian folk art, the musicians enrapture new audiences across the continents.
Guido Carpi
Professor at the University of Pisa, professor at the University of Naples

Professor Guido Carpi studied at the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Pisa. In 1998, he was awarded a Candidate of Sciences degree in Slavic Studies at the State University of Milan.
He was employed at the University of Pisa as a researcher in the academic year 2001-2002 (Faculty of Languages) and since November 2002 he was associate professor of the same University, first at the Faculty of Languages and then in the Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics. Since 2017, he is a full professor at the University of Naples "L'Orientale". Since 2019, he is a member of the commission for National Scientific Qualifications.

Guido Carpi is the author of dozens of articles and essays in Italian and Russian, He has participated in numerous international conferences.
David Jackson
Professor of Russian and Scandinavian Art Histories at the School of Fine Art, History of Art, and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds

David Jackson specialises in Russian and Nordic art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, where his research has centred on addressing questions of art's role in affecting social or political interventions during crucial periods of nationalist aspiration and the search for distinctive cultural identity through the utilisation of the visual arts. He has been particularly active in the field of public exhibition projects and has curated for many major institutions, including the National Gallery in London, the Scottish National Gallery, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Swedish National Gallery. He is the author of The Russian Vision: the Art of Ilya Repin and The Wanderers and critical realism in nineteenth century Russian painting. His many exhibitions, with museum partners across Europe, include The Peredvizhniki. Pioneers of Russian painting, Nordic Art: The Modern Breakthrough, Russian Landscape, Christen Købke: Danish Master of Light and Akseli Gallen-Kallela 1865-1931, the Spirit of Finland. He has also contributed to a range of international exhibitions including Russian Legends Folk Tales and Fairy Tales, In Front of Nature. The European Landscapes of Thomas Fearnley, P C Skovgaard – The Danish Golden Age Re-evaluated, Illusions of Reality. Naturalist painting, photography, theatre and cinema 1875-1918 and Romanticism in the North – from Friedrich to Turner.
Milan Dvořák
Interpreter and translator, a founding member and the first president of ASKOT (Association of Conference Interpreters, Czech Republic)

Milan Dvořák was born on 29 September 1949 in Prague. Between June 1959 and February 1963 he lived with in Moscow, as his father worked for the Czechoslovak Embassy. After graduation from the Department of Translation and Interpretation of the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University in Prague in 1976, he has been working as interpreter and translator. The list of his works as a translator include songs and poems by V. Vysotsky, B. Okudzhava, A. Galich, N. Matveeva and other Russian bards. He is also the author of modern translations of "Eugene Onegin" by A. S. Pushkin and "Woe from wit" by A. S. Griboyedov into Czech.

Over the years he has worked for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the International Agency for Atomic Energy, the United Nations Development Program and a number of other international organizations, as well as the Czech Presidential Office, the Senate of the Czech Republic, various Czech ministries and other governmental offices, RWE Transgas, J. P. Morgan and numerous other Czech and international companies.
Umberto Fanni
Director-General of the Royal Opera House Muscat

Umberto Fanni has a long, distinguished career in the performing arts, not only in theatre management, but also as an award-winning concert pianist.

Umberto Fanni graduated with high honours from the Conservatory of Music in Brescia, Italy, and completed his studies at the Conservatory of Music in Geneva. Among his early achievements was founding in 1985 the Young Italian Chamber Orchestra, composed entirely of talented young musicians who are now established soloists or playing in renowned orchestras such as La Scala in Milan.

At the urging of the famous conductor, Maestro Claudio Scimone, Umberto Fanni's career in performing arts management began with his collaboration as Assistant Artistic Director of Italy's finest chamber ensemble, I Solisti Veneti. Umbero Fanni's multifaceted contributions to music over the past three decades include the founding of a theatre and music festival management company. He has always valued innovation and advocated a well-calibrated connection between artistic skills and managerial competencies.

As a Professor at the Catholic University of Milan, he taught Management of Performing Arts for 15 years. Fanni has held appointments as Artistic Director for the Teatro Grande in Brescia, the Fondazione Teatro Lirico, 'G Verdi' of Trieste and Fondazione Arena di Verona, the prestigious opera Company that performed Turandot for the inauguration of the Royal Opera House in October 2011, and again in October 2015.

Mr Fanni was first appointed to the Royal Opera House Muscat as Artistic Director in September 2014 and then as Director General in November 2015. Working with the Board of Directors over the past five years, he has broken new ground in key domains and made a remarkable contribution to the continuing advancement of the Royal Opera House Muscat as a world class institution. Of prime importance is the initiative he has taken in developing several co-produced operas with leading opera houses, as well as producing original works in-house. The Royal Opera House Muscat is now well on its way to becoming a producing as well as a hosting institution.
Yury Fost
Chairman of the Board of the Glinka-Gesellschaft Berlin e.V.

Yury Fost is engaged in the preservation and dissemination of knowledge and love for Russian classical music and for M.I. Glinka. Yury was engaged in research of literary sources and archival materials about the biography and works of Glinka, his connections with musical culture of European countries, especially German. He found a number of previously unpublished documentary evidence regarding Glinka's stay and death in Berlin, as well as his lifetime and posthumous performance of his works. It published in Novospassky Sbornik (Smolensk), in the journal Forum Musikbibliothek (Berlin). In Berlin, brochures "M.I. Glinka. A Brief Biographical Sketch" (2007) and "Triumph and Farewell" (2014) were also published. Their copies are in the collection of the Berlin State Library, in the Public Library of St. Petersburg and in the library of the Moscow Conservatory.

Three memorial plaques were installed in Berlin according to Yuri's projects: two (in 2000 and 2012) on the houses where Glinka lived, and one (international action in 2008) on the house of his harmony teacher and friend Siegfried Wilhelm Dan. The music salon in the Russian House of Science and Culture in 2005 was named after M.I. Glinka.

He gave lectures and reports to various audiences, gave interviews in print, on radio and television (including in the Moscow media — "Parliamentary newspaper", "Teacher's newspaper", on TV and radio stations — "Mayak" and "Orpheus"), conducted excursions to the places of life and activity of Glinka in Berlin.

A significant part of the work consists of written and oral appeals to the figures of Russian and German musical culture about the need to include Glinka's works in the programs of their performances in Berlin. Friendly relations were established with the All-Russian Association of Museums of Musical Culture named after Glinka in Moscow (now the Russian National Museum of Music, director M. A. Bryzgalov) and the Glinka House-Museum in Novospassky.
Marco Bravura
Italian sculptor and mosaic artist

After graduating from the State Institute of Arts, department of mosaics in Ravenna, Marco Bravura continued his studies at the Academy of Arts in Venice, at the city where he lived and worked for several years. After long journeys, he returned to Ravenna, where in 1987 he opened his own mosaic workshop.

Bravura combines modernity and mosaic traditions; he is a genius of the place in the Byzantine city. Bravura founded the mosaic school in Beirut according to the protocol on cooperation with the municipality of Ravenna and the vocational training center of the province of Ravenna.

In 1998, he received the First Prize of the Mosaic Section at the Biennale of Art of Emilia-Romagna. He has presented at numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including the Venice Biennale (2011) and the IV Biennale of Contemporary Art in Moscow. His works adorn museums, various institutions, banks and private collections in Europe, Russia and the United States.

He is the author of numerous public buildings (Beirut, Ravenna, Cervia, S. Agatha Feltria, Savignano al Rubicone, Rimini). For achievements in the field of culture and education in June 2019, he received a III degree medal from the Governor of the Kaluga Region Anatoly Artamonov.
Daniele Cipriani
Impresario of dance, art and ballet

Daniele Cipriani, a graduate of the National Academy of Dance, started organizing events, trainings and conferences, both independently and in collaboration with the Roman universities of La Sapienza and the Third University of Rome (Roma Tre) at a young age.

Already being the artistic director of the dance part of the Ravello Music Festival (from 2008 to 2010) and the Leonide Massine Dance Prize in Positano (from 2011 to 2015), he created the Benoit-Massine Moscow-Positano Prize in partnership with the Benoit Dance Prize, awarded for the first time in 2014 in Positano and at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.

In addition, he is the curator of numerous dance celebrations and ballets presented at major theaters and major festivals in Italy, such as Taormina Art, Festival in Ravenna, Mittelfest, Como — City of the Music, Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Festival in Ravenna, Concert Hall of the Music Park in Rome, Concert Hall of Reconciliation in Rome, Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, and abroad, at the National Theater in Addis Ababa, and recently at the Coliseum Theater of Buenos Aires and the National Theater of Bahrain.

In 2003, Daniele Cipriani founded Daniele Cipriani Entertainment, an entertainment company that produces and organizes dance shows, promotes some of the world's most recognized international dance companies, such as Martha Graham Dance Company, Twila Tarp Dance, Susanne Linke, Lutz Forster and Lemon Dance Company.

For the Mythof Festival in Positano in 2009, he created and oversaw the show "Apollo and Dionysus", offering the public for the first time in history a dance performance on the island of Li Galli, formerly owned by Leonid Massine, and later by Rudolf Nureyev.

At the show, curated by Daniele Cipriani, some of the largest international artists danced, such as Eleanor Abbagnano, Marianela Nunez, Caroline Carlson, Suzanne Linke, Roberto Bolle, Carla Fracci, Luciane Savignano, Svetlana Zakharova, Mats Ek, Ana Laguni, Dominic Merinic, Dominic Merinic Manuel Legri, Aurel Dupont, Joaquin De Luz, Sergio Bernal, Nicolas Le Risch, Leonid Sarafanov, Vladimir Sklyarov, Lucia Lacar, Ivan Vasiliev, Sylvia Azzoni, Davide Dato, Polina Semenova and many others.

Among the most important events there are some special projects, including the show "Man and Woman of Modern Dance" for the Ravello Festival in 2008, which was shown on the stage in collaboration with the dancers Marta Graham and the dancers Jose Limon.

Among the events dedicated to great artists in the history of music and dance, the evening "Chopin and Dance" (2010) in the Castle of Fenis for the Valle d'Aosta Region, "Leonard Bernstein Dance Gala Concert" (2010) in the Ancient Theater of Taormina, "7 Dances for Mozart" (2008) in Reggia di Portici, "Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev", in 2013 in the Auditorium of the Music Park in Rome, in 2018 at the Roman Amphitheater in Spoleto, "Eleanor Abbagnano with Italian World Stars", and in June 2019 at Spoleto Cathedral Square for the Festival of Two Worlds. These performances are complemented by great anniversary events for the municipality of Rome, such as "Every wall sooner or later falls" (2009) at the Trajan's Markets in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and "Women" (2014) on the World Day against Violence against Women in the Hall Esedra Marcus Aurelius at the Capitoline Museums. Numerous gala concerts and shows featuring Eleanor Abbayano, stars of the Paris Opera House Ballet: among them "Eleanor Abbiano - Dance for Luchino Visconti" (Villa Olmo on Lake Como, City of Music 2012), "Eleonora Abbiano Dance for Stradivarius" (Cremona, Mid-Summer Festival, 2011), "Eleanor Abbiano in Keep in mind", a gala dinner in honor of the women Gabriele D'Annunzio (New Victory Festival, Gardone Riviera, 2011). Various performances were shown by Rai 5.

In 2012, Daniele Cipriani Entertainment was officially recognized by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Activities as a company for creating dance shows and performances.

In recent years, Daniele Cipriani has implemented an extensive project to restore the Italian repertoire of the second half of the 18th century, starting with the acquisition of the historic Nutcracker Amedeo Amodio, with scenes and costumes by Emanuele Luzzati. The tour of the last seasons registered more than 50 thousand spectators, and the show was included in the programs of opera funds and major Italian theaters. The same project included the ballet "Coppelia" by Amedeo Amodio, with scenes by Emanuel Luzzati and costumes by Louise Spinatelli, and "Carmen" by the same Amodio (scenes and costumes by Louise Spinatelli). In 2018, Daniele Cipriani's company returned Mauro Bigonzetti to the stage of the ballet "Mediterranean": the performance was a guest of the prestigious Winter International Art Festival in Sochi (Russia), and is still touring the largest Italian theaters.

Also, in 2018, Puccini debuted at the Municipal Theater of Modena, choreography by Julien Lester, starring Eleanor Abbagnano, a joint production of Italy and France, companies Daniele Cipriani Entertainment and Company Julien Lestel. In June 2019, Shine Pink Floyd Moon debuted at the Ravenna Festival, a performance directed and choreographed by Micah Van Hoyke on Pink Floyd songs, with live music by the Italian group Pink Floyd Legend, soloists and corps de ballet of companies Daniele Cipriani and star Denis Ganio.

His show "Stars", an international gala concert of dance with world ballet stars, has an annual extraordinary success: in 2018, tickets were sold for all places at the gala concerts in the Concert Hall of the Music Park in Rome, at the Cagliari Opera House (with orchestra and theater choir) and at the La Fenice Theater in Venice; in 2019 at the Ravenna Festival, and the next January 2020, with three evenings, again in the Concert Hall of the Music Park in Rome.

Daniele Cipriani Entertainment is the only Italian company represented in recent seasons in most Italian opera houses, such as the Putricelli Theater in Bari, Verdi Theater in Trieste, Opera House in Cagliari, Reggio Theater in Turin, La Fenice Theater in Venice, Carlo Felice in Genoa, Spheristerio in Macerata. Among the most important ties are collaboration with the Teatro Massimo in Palermo and the Opera House in Rome.

Daniele Cipriani was established in 2019 | Arte, department of Daniele Cipriani Entertainment, dedicated to art events. Among the first initiatives: the evening "Midday Prelude to the Animal World (Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune) | Dance "Music of the Word" for Artcity 2018, on the occasion of the centenary of the death of Claude Debussy, who returned to the stage the historical creation of Amedeo Amodio in 1972 at the Giacomo Manzu Museum from Ardea with live music from Emanuele De Esposti and Massimo Mercelli, with the participation of actress Vanessa Gravin; from March 14 to May 11, 2019, the exhibition "FRAGMENTS. Tribute to Pine Bausch "with photographs of Ninni Romeo ten years after the death of the great German artist: curator of the exhibition Frederic Deschamps, Leonetta Bentivoglio's presentation text, was posted in Марle Margutta Wedgergerian Food & Art in Rome.

Numerous over the years, awards and recognition, including the Silver Commemorative Badge of the President of the Republic Carlo Azelio Ciampi in 2003, the Monte dei Pasca Prize — Italy, which dances in 2009 and the Anita Bucca Prize in 2009 and 2010. In 2013, the mayor of Rome granted Daniele Cipriani, in the Capitol, a medal of the capital of Rome. Recent awards include: Best Italian Dance Box Office Dance Oscar 2016/2017, presented to Daniele Cipriani, director of the legendary Caz Ricordi Cristiano Ostinelli October 29, 2017; in 2018, "Fiji Award for shows — Europe at the sources", Golden Amphitheater Award for the art of dance "In memory of Ricardo Nunez", "Madds Award" for art production, "Aqui on the Stage" award.
Daniela Di Sora
Slavic translator and founder of Woland Publishing House

Daniela Di Sora is a specialist in foreign languages and modern literature at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Rome La Sapienza. She studied the Russian language for four years (professor Angelo Maria Ripellino was the supervisor of Daniela's diploma about the Russian poet Sergei Yesenineby).

In 1976, Di Sora won a competition held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and received the position of lecturer in Italian language and culture at a foreign university. From February 1977 to February 1980, she worked as a lecturer at the University of Saints Cyril and Methodius in the city of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. Since February 5, 1980, she held the post of lecturer at the Maurice Thorez Moscow State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages, where she worked until the end of the 1985/86 school year. For the next academic year (1986/87), she was appointed as a lecturer at Sofia University named after St. Clement of Ohrid, Bulgaria.

Since June 1987, she decided to return to Italy and won the competition for the position of researcher at the University of Pisa, Faculty of Philology of the Institute of Slavic Philology, where she worked as a researcher from the 1987/88 academic year to the 2001/02 academic year. Over the years, she held annual seminars on Russian literature, including theoretical and practical parts, devoted to translations from Russian (and Slavic languages) into Italian. From the 1993/94 academic year and in subsequent years, she worked at the Pisa Institute of Slavic Philology, which over the years became the linguistic department, taught a course in Bulgarian language and literature during the 2001/02 academic year. She received a transfer to Rome, the University of Rome 2 Tor Vergata, where during the 1997/98 academic year she taught the Bulgarian language and literature in parallel with the course at the University of Pisa.

In December 1994 she founded the Woland publishing house. She is the majority shareholder and the head of the publishing house, whose name speaks of a love to Russian literature. The main task of the publishing house is the translation and distribution in Italy of the works of famous authors at the Slavic literature. In May 2003, Woland Publishing House received recognition from the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Activities "For fulfilling the important role of mediator between cultures through the publication of high-quality translations". Currently, the publishing house catalog contains about 260 works by the best European authors and authors from other countries.

In 2007, she decided to stop teaching at the university and devote herself entirely to publishing. On February 2, 2007, she applied to the university asking for retirement.

Daniela writes articles on cultural topics for various newspapers and magazines, translates works by Russian and Bulgarian authors for various Italian publishers, and takes part in international congresses on Slavic studies and translations.
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