RBTH's correspondent was present for the part of the opening ceremony of the Festival in the Kremlin Armoury that included Dmitry Kogan and the Volga Philharmonic orchestra, Julia Zilberquit (fortepiano, USA), and others. Vivaldi's "Four Seasons", instrumental concert by Bach, arias from famous opera composers, Italian songs, and other works were on display.
The Festival started with a world-class violin performance by Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Kogan, a student and friend of the festival's founder, virtuoso pianist Nikolai Petrov. Before 2011, the festival was conducted under the Maestro's management and with his participation. In 2012, in memory of the deceased musician, it was decided that the event would permanently take place in the Kremlin Armoury under the name of Nikolai Petrov.
Organizing such an event wouldn't be possible without the participation of Nikolai's daughter, Evgeniya Petrova, the minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky and the director of the Moscow Kremlin museum Elena Gagarina, who also happens to be the daughter of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
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