In 2017, proclaimed the Russia-Austria Cross-Tourism Year, the Open Sea Cultural and Educational Programs Foundation developed a variety of educational projects between the leading musical institutions of the two countries: University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and Mikhail Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory.
The initiative of holding exchange education programs comes from a former graduate, and now the Chairman of the Novosibirsk Conservatory's Board of Trustees, violinist, director, and President of the Open Sea Cultural and Educational Programs Foundation Mikhail Simonyan. On the Austrian side, Dmitry Lubinsky, Russian Ambassador to Austria, supported the initiative of holding joint education programs between the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and Mikhail Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory. In Russia the Fund’s programs were upheld by Mikhail Shvydkoy, Special Representative of the Russian President on International Cultural Cooperation.
The first joint education project starts this August. Thanks to the Open Sea Foundation support, three of the best-performing students at Novosibirsk State Conservatory will take part in ISA – International Summer Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts. For almost two weeks, August 13 to 27, leading professors at Vienna University will deliver master classes to the program participants. International Summer Academy gathers over 300 students from more than 40 countries of the world. In addition to attending the master classes, the program participants get their lucky chance to visit International Summer Academy Festival (isaFestival) concerts. The Festival agenda includes more than 40 concerts involving the teaching staff of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and the best students from the Summer Academy can play at the Festival concerts alongside prominent musicians.
This year, Novosibirsk Conservatory sent three students to the International Summer Academy in Vienna: Guriy Guriev from Vocal Department, and two students from the Orchestra Department – fleutist Aslan Zholdasbaev and French horn player Victoria Poleschuk. These students were selected from among many well-deserved candidates for their excellent academic performance, successful concert and teaching activity. It is important that they not only acquire useful experience during their stay at ISA, but also share it with other students after returning to the alma mater.
In addition to the three Conservatory students, another young musician from Novosibirsk, winner of international competitions, French-horn-playing Nikita Yankovsky, also received support from the Open Sea Foundation. At 17, Nikita is already actively performing at various concerts and regularly participates in Novosibirsk State Philharmonic’s Academic Symphony Orchestra programs. In April 2017 he entered Lucerne School of Music (Switzerland), to continue his education thanks to the Open Sea Foundation.
In 2018 the Open Sea Foundation’s education exchange programs will be held in Novosibirsk: leading tutors from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna will conduct master classes for Novosibirsk Conservatory students (French horn, oboe, bassoon, and cello) and have a joint concert at the end of the training.