Our support for classical music is our contribution to the development of Russian culture. The Foundation aims to raise the popular profile of some of the best examples of the musical arts, as well as to promote professional groups and performers. We support high-brow cultural events, drawing the broadest of audiences. It is well-known that classical music has a beneficial effect on a young person’s character development and moral upbringing, which is the ultimate objective of any cultural and educational programme.

The Septembre Musical Festival in Montreux

On 11 September 2013, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra led by Yuri Temirkanov appeared at the Auditorium Stravinski as part of the Septembre Musical festival of classical music in Montreux.

The Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia (the oldest symphony orchestra in Russia) was created at the behest of Tsar Alexander III in 1882. In 1934, it was the first group in Russia to be named “Honoured Work Collective of the Russian Republic” and, when the Second World War ended, it was the first Russian symphony orchestra to tour abroad.

The Neva Foundation is one of the patrons of the festival.

The Mariinsky Theatre Academy of Young Opera Singers

On 20 October 2013, the Timchenko Foundation funded a concert in the Grand Théâtre de Genève by young opera singers of the Mariinsky Theatre. The project objective was to give talented young people the opportunity to refine their art under the guidance of distinguished teachers. Supporting gifted young artists provides a guarantee that Russias cultural traditions will continue.

The Mariinsky Theatre Academy was established in 1988 and is run by the well-known figure in music, vocal accompanist and world-renowned teacher, Larisa Gergieva.

The Neva Foundationis patron of the event.

The Autumn Concert of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Two global stars of classical music, Yuri Temirkanov and Emanuel Ax, will come together at the autumn concert of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, which takes place on 20 November 2013 in Genevas Victoria Hall with support from the Foundation

Temirkanovs name is known the world over: he is artistic director and chief conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. His work embodies the best traditions of Russian music and he receives invitations to work at the most famous concert venues: Berlin, Vienna, London and Amsterdam.

"Yuri Temirkanovs conducting", writes the French newspaper, Le Monde,"seems like a spellbinding plunge into a world that one could believe lost, were it not for the great conductor, one of the last superstars of the last century."

The Neva Foundationis one of the patrons of the festival.

The Arts Square Festival

The International Winter Arts Square Music Festival was founded by Yuri Temirkanov, artistic director at the Dmitry Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia and chief conductor of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia.

The festival was first held in 1999. Today, this unique cultural project brings together the Philharmonia, the Spasa Na Krovi Cathedral ("Cathedral of the Saviour on Spilled Blood"), the Mikhailovsky Theatre, the Operetta Theatre, the Russian Museum, the Grand Hotel Europe and even the historically significant café, Brodyachaya Sobaka ("Stray Dog"), in which poetry evenings are held.

Some the most famous Russian and foreign musicians have participated in the Arts Square Festival: Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, Valery Gergiev, Natalia Gutman, Eliso Virsalidze, Barbara Hendricks, John Lill, Garrick Ohlsson, Yefim Bronfman, Leif Ove Andsnes, Lang Lang, Sarah Chang and Julia Fischer. Furthermore, Yevgeny Kissin, Boris Berezovsky, Nikolai Lugansky, Alexander Knyazev, Vadim Repin, Dmitry Khvorostovsky, and Anna Netrebko have all performed many times at the festivals concerts.

Some of the compositions played within the festivals programmes are often performed for the first time on a Russian stage. As envisioned by Yuri Temirkanov, the Arts Festival is reviving the tradition of winter social and cultural seasons which existed in the 19th Century. Each year, the festival attracts thousands of classical music lovers, including many who are still quite young.

The XIV Arts Square Festival will take place on 15 to 25 December 2013.