In America, in Europe, and here in Russia art requires help and support from the state and from the business community. In Russian regions I also notice that culture is developing only where the local elite shows an interest in it. Everything we do is possible thanks to the support from our benefactors who choose to invest money in artistic projects. We see happiness in people’s faces, and we help them believe that this country has finally become a better place to be. Also, while performing abroad we confirm that our country is a land of great music. And when we perform at home, we help lay the foundations for the future of Russia’s culture.
Founder of the Charitable Foundation, Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre)