I am glad to welcome you in St. Petersburg at the 1st International Festival-Contest of Orchestras!
It is a great honor for me to be part of the birth of a new cultural event in our city. Such events are not so frequent in the cultural life of our society, and, of course, it is very difficult to start new large-scale projects involving a large number of participants. But, anyway, positive emotions prevail, and I am sure that this festival-contest will have a long creative life, it will start a new, wonderful tradition and in the future will receive fame and recognition from both musicians and listeners around the world. I want to wish the organizers of the festival-contest good luck and optimism, and all the participants — creative success and new wonderful impressions from getting to know our city!