Vladislav Lavrik awarded 2015 Russian Presidential Prize for Young Artists
Vladislav Lavrik, principal trumpet of the Russian National Orchestra & member of the ITG Board of Directors, has been awarded the 2015 Russian Presidential Prize for Young Artists.
For 2015 just three young artists received the award – Russia's top honor for young artists, and Lavrik was the only musician, recognized for "developing the traditions of and popularizing wind instrument music." The prize has existed since 2011 and is bestowed on artists under 35 who have created fine works of literature or art, or who have implemented significant artistic or research projects.
In 2011, Lavrik established Moscow's International Brass Days Festival which comprises a series of innovative concerts and master classes with guest artists from Russia and other countries around the world. He explains the broad goal of his Brass Music Project: "We plan 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 musical traditions of brass instruments in Russia and in many other countries. We can learn very much from each other."
To achieve his big idea, Lavrik travels to many cities in Russia throughout the year, performing, teaching masterclasses and encouraging teachers and students of brass instruments to pursue their studies to the highest level. His charitable foundation supports new brass compositions, community bands, music in parks, music therapy and donations of brass instruments to young musicians.