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Children's music festival "In visiting Anton Pavlovich"

Music accompanied the Chekhov family all their lives. The writer himself loved to listen to the piano, violin and cello. Music was a necessary part of A.P. Chekhov's life. Numerous guests gathered in Melikhov and musical evenings were organised: "I have all day long romances playing and singing in the living room next to my study, which is why I am always in an elegiac mood," Anton Pavlovich told his acquaintance L. A.  Avivich.A.Avilova.
Chekhov's musical tastes were diverse: Liszt, Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky. Many melodies that once filled the drawing room of the manor house are heard in Chekhov's works, for example, Tchaikovsky's romance on Polonsky's poem "Night" ("Why do I love you, bright night?") is sung by Masha Dolzhikova in the story "My Life". Along with romances and songs by Tchaikovsky and Glinka, which were often sung in this house, the Italian serenade "Valachian Legend" by Gaetano Braga, in which Chekhov found something mystical, mysterious and romantic, was performed several times a day. This musical piece can be heard twice in Chekhov's 1893 short story "The Black Monk". The cellist of the Bolshoi Theatre Maryan Romualdovich Semashko, whom Anton Pavlovich jokingly called Marmelad Fortepianovich, and the flautist Alexander Ignatyevich Ivanenko, who had become close to the Chekhov family, stayed at Melikhov for long periods of time. Chekhov liked to invite friends and acquaintances: "If possible, come to us tonight...We ll have music". The house was always noisy, cheerful, musing on the big piano in the living room, singing, playing bingo. Anton Pavlovich himself did not play any musical instrument, but he listened to others with pleasure.
Now, as many years ago, music continues to be heard in Chekhov's estate. Every year, on the last Sunday of November, young participants of the All-Russian music festival "In visiting Anton Pavlovich" come to Melikhovo to perform in the cosy hall where famous musicians and singers used to perform. Famous artists performed on the stage of the theatre and exhibition hall in Melikhov: Soviet and Russian opera singer, People's Artist of the USSR Irina Arkhipova; bass of the Bolshoi Theatre, People's Artist of the USSR Alexander Vedernikov; Soviet and Russian pianist, People's Artist of Russia, Professor Vera Gornostayeva; Honoured Artist of Russia Alexei Goribol; Russian opera singer, bass-baritone Ivan Skobtsov; pianist Viktor Ryabchikov and many other famous musicians. Perhaps, that is why the stage of this hall became very happy and for many participants of the festival, who later connected their lives with music!
The Festival invites high school students, soloists and ensembles of music schools, children's and secondary schools for vocal, piano, strings, wind and folk instruments.
Each performer puts a part of his/her soul into his/her number and presents his/her individual vision of music, his/her unique interpretation of a musical work, which is very valuable in itself. That is why children's music festivals are always so unusual and touching. The festival is open to everyone, be it a musical group or a solo performer.


As a rule, most of the musicians participating in the festival are laureates of district, regional and international competitions. The festival is over 20 years old, and many of the guys who participated in the festival have become famous musicians. Among them:
Anna Grot - piano
postgraduate student at the Moscow State Conservatory named after Tchaikovsky, laureate of international competitions, scholarship holder and participant in concerts of the foundations of Vladimir Spivakov, Mstislav Rostropovich, “New Names”, and also a participant in the musical programs of the St. Petersburg House of Music. Performed with concerts in Vietnam, Italy, Bulgaria, Norway etc.
She has collaborated with the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Astrakhan Opera House, the State Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, the symphony orchestras of Sochi, Yaroslavl, the Baku Philharmonic, etc. She has performed solo concerts in Vietnam, Italy, Bulgaria, Austria, Hungary, Finland, Slovakia, Spain, Israel, France, Norway and Russia.
In February 2020 Anna was awarded the title of “Music Ambassador” by the mayor of San Antonio, Texas. USA. She graduated with honors from the Conservatory named after. Tchaikovsky, as well as postgraduate studies, laureate of many international competitions. Currently a soloist of the St. Petersburg House of Music.
Inna Demenkova - soprano
graduate of the Academy of Choral Art named after. V.S. Popova. Winner of the Grand Prix of the All-Russian Competition named after. L. Sobinova, diploma winner of the International Competition “Bellavoce”, laureate of international competitions named after. M. Landa and B. Shtokolov. The singer participated in the master classes of E. Obraztsova, E. Blakhova, A. Belousova. In 2018  performed at the Festival Durance Luberon (France), in 2019 in the television project “Grand Opera 2019”. In 2020 took part in master classes by Ildar Abdrazakov as part of the AbdrazakovFest festival and the final concert of Verdi. Gala. Currently a soloist of the Chinese Philharmonic of Chengdu.
Artem Psarev
student of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, laureate of international competitions.
Alexander Silaev - people's department
graduate of the College of Arts in Khimki. Currently the soloist of the orchestra of Russian folk instruments "Skaz".
Margarita Kondaurova - guitar
student of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Sciences.
Elizaveta Fadeeva - violin
graduate of the Schnittke Music College.
Lyudmila Kondakova - violin
laureate of international competitions. Student of the Russian Academy of Sciences named after the Gnessins
Valeria Kondakova - piano
laureate of an international competition, graduate of the music college named after. F. Chopin, member of the Gnesin Virtuosi orchestra.
The All-Russian Children's Music Festival "Visiting Anton Pavlovich" is a musical festival where promising, talented and brave young performers perform, where everyone rests their souls and makes new friends, where masterpieces of world classics are performed. and news from the world of music.

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