World Art Day celebrated in Baku [PHOTO]

April 18, 2022 11:33 (UTC+04:00)

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By Laman Ismayilova

Art has the power to reinterpret the meaning of life through a new lens. It encourages us to constantly search for creative ideas.

Every year on April 15, the global community celebrates the fine arts and promotes awareness of creativity.

A proposal to declare World Art Day was presented at the 17th General Assembly of the International Art Association with the first celebration held in 2012.

The day was decided in honor of Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday as a symbol of world peace, freedom of expression, tolerance, brotherhood and multiculturalism as well as the importance of art in other fields.

World Art Day in Azerbaijan

World Art Day was celebrated in Baku. The event also coincided with the 95th birthday of the greatest cellist of the second half of the 20th century, Mstislav Rostropovich.

Head of Baku’s main culture department Ibrahim Aliyev, heads of cultural institutions attended the event initiated by the Center for Organization of Cultural Events and Work with Creative Youth and Mstislav Rostropovich House-Museum .

Winners of republican and international competitions, students of the Rostropovitch School of Music presented a concert program as part of the celebration.

Born in Baku, Mstislav Rostropovitch has created more than 100 pieces and established long-standing artistic partnerships with leading composers such as Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, Henri Dutilleux, Witold Lutoslawski, Olivier Messiaen, Luciano Berio, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alfred Schnittke, Norbert Moret, Andreas Makris and Benjamin Britten.

Rostropovitch is also well known for his interpretations of works from the standard repertoire, including Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor and Haydn’s Cello Concertos in C and D,[citation needed] Prokofiev’s Symphonic Concerto and Shostakovich’s two cello concertos.

A Grammy Award winner was considered one of the West’s foremost conductors. The musician has won more than 50 awards during his career.

Since 2007, a festival dedicated to the eminent musician has been held annually in Azerbaijan.

In 2019, the 10th International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival was held in Baku.

The festival brought together prominent public figures, representatives of diplomatic missions, famous cultural and artistic personalities and many classical music fans.

Laman Ismayilova is the journalist of AzerNews, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova

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