The first concert in support of the creation of the international music contest "London Classical" was held in the British capital

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Ilya Kondratiev, Martin James Bartlett, Milana Sarukhanyan, Renate Sokolovska

The representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in London hosted the first concert of the London Music Foundation – a charitable organization, which supports the creation of the international music contest “London Classical”. The programme of the evening featured masterpieces of Russian classical music of the XIX and XX centuries performed by the winners of prestigious international music competitions.

The founder of the charitable organization "The London Music Foundation" Professor of the Royal College of Music Vanessa Latarche spoke about the activities of the fund and presented the draft of a new international competition, starting in 2020, to the public. She noted that London needs a noteworthy international music contest, which will allow its winners to receive concert support.

The concert was attended by:

Martin James Bartlett, who at the age of 17 was awarded the title of the “BBC young musician”. Martin became one of 27 world-class artists, including Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Nicola Benedetti and Alison Balsom, who was selected by the BBC to record a cover version of the song of the American rock band "The Beach Boys" "God only Knows".

Renate Sokolovska is a sought-after London flutist with experience of performing at major world stages. She was born in Siberia, grew up in Latvia. She studied at the Purcell music school in the UK. She was awarded the scholarship of the Royal Academy of Music. Renate performed with the London Contemporary Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bath, Mahler International Orchestra, the London International Chamber Orchestra and other musical collectives.

Milana Sarukhanyan studied at the Roman Serdyuk’s Art School (Kerch, Ukraine) and the Royal Academy of Music. Milana is a laureate of various competitions, including the "Pearl of the Crimea" festival in 2010. She performed with a series of concerts at the Pushkin Museum, the A.K. Glazunov’s Concert Hall and the House-Museum of Chaliapin.

Art director of the London Music Foundation pianist Ilya Kondratiev is a laureate of such well-known contests as the Pianist International Competition of F. Chopin (Hannover 2011), the international pianist competition of F. Liszt (Budapest 2011), the international pianist competition of F. Liszt (Weimar 2011), the fifth Tbilisi International Piano Competition (Tbilisi 2013) and the International Pianists Competition "Brant" (Birmingham 2015).