VTB Bank was an official sponsor of the Dmitri Shostakovich Prize ceremony that took place in the Great Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory on 1 April 2010.
The Dmitri Shostakovich award was established by Yuri Bashmet International Foundation to preserve spiritual and artistic heritage of the national and international culture, and is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most prestigious awards in music. Over 15 years of existence of the International Foundation, the prize has been awarded to Gidon Kremer, Valery Gergiev, Viktor Tretiakov, Anne-Sofie Mutter, Irina Antonova, Natalia Gutman, Maxim Vengerov, Alexei Ratmansky, Yefim Bronfman, etc.
This time, the prize was awarded to Denis Matsuev, a celebrated pianist, winner of the first prize in the International Tchaikovsky Composition, Distinguished Artist of Russia.
Denis Matsuev is a member of the President’s Council for Culture and Art, and the art director of Rachmaninoff Foundation. For many years, there has been a season ticket available for Denis Matsuev, who is a soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic Society. The pianist has been performing with internationally renowned orchestras on a regular basis, including the best bands from the USA, Germany, France, Italy, and many others.
Traditionally, the award presentation day was accompanied by a concert featuring Denis Matsuev, Yuri Bashmet, the Novaya Rossiya State Symphonic Orchestra, and the Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra.