On April 2, on the Historical Stage of the Bolshoi Theater, a grandiose event will take place: the Third Ceremony of presenting the BraVo International Professional Music Award in the field of classical art. Today, on the eve of the Ceremony, we decided to recall the brightest pages of its history.
The international professional music award “BraVo” was established in 2017. The solemn presentation took place on the Historical Stage of the Bolshoi Theater. During the presentation, the first statuettes were presented: their owners were the choreographer, patriarch of the Russian ballet scene Yuri Grigorovich, the world classical music star singer Dmitry Hvorostovsky, and the legendary conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov. The latter received the award at the hands of the film actress Sophia Loren. The gala concert dedicated to the presentation was attended by prominent representatives of modern and classical art.
The ideological inspirer of “BraVo” was the music producer, musician, businessman Vladimir Kiselyov, and the permanent host of the ceremony was the singer, actress, TV presenter, benefactor Elena Sever. The concept of the Prize was based on the idea of integrating contemporary and classical musical art, since music is something that unites millions of people on different continents and finds a response in the hearts, regardless of language and nationality.
When compiling the short-list of nominees for the “BraVo” award, the organizers adhere to a policy of objectivity and impartiality, not focusing on the previous regalia of the nominees. The jury members study the musical context of dozens of countries of the Eurasian continent with a total population of more than three billion people. The organizing committee of the Prize collects statistics and ratings of performers from Japan, China, India, UAE, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Australia, Russia, and the CIS countries, compares engagement indices and the number of downloads, receives data from leading record labels, summarizes information and selects nominees for the award in the categories “Classical Art” and “Contemporary Music”.
In the spring of 2018, after a long and scrupulous preparation, the First Ceremony of presenting the International Professional Music Award “BraVo” took place. March 10 at the State Kremlin Palace of world-class stars united by a grand gala concert. The show was attended by Rod Stewart, Eros Ramazzotti, Seal, Zaz, Europe, Duran Duran, Andy Garcia, the favorite film actor, and film director, Oscar nominee, who became the guest of honor. Popular Russian artists, as well as representatives of the Prize partner countries: Sophia Huang (China), Sandhy Sondoro (Indonesia), BABYLON (South Korea), Kamen Joshi group (Japan) took the stage.
On the second day of the Ceremony, the Prize in the field of classical art was presented on the Historical Stage of the Bolshoi Theater. The event was opened by the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky. The guests of honor of the evening were: Jose Carreras, People’s Artist of Russia Svetlana Zakharova, opera diva Anna Netrebko, Honored Artist of Azerbaijan Yusif Eyvazov, People’s Artist of Russia and Abkhazia Khibla Gerzmava, soloist of the Mariinsky Theater Askar Abdrazakov, conductor Theodore Currentzis, as well as special guests of the Ceremony: actor Vincent Cassel and his companion Tina Kunaki.
Exactly one year later, on March 19, 2019, on the Historical Stage of the Bolshoi Theater, the Second BraVo International Professional Music Award ceremony took place. The Ceremony, at which awards in the field of classical art were presented, were the stars of the first magnitude: Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, owner of a rare soprano Angela Gheorghiu, famous opera and pop singer Alessandro Safina, famous Chinese bass Hao Zhang Tian, composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from China Du Yun, Canadian countertenor of Korean origin David DQ Lee, opera trio Il Volo and many others. Special guests of the evening – John Travolta and Helen Mirren – spoke kind and touching words to the guests and organizers of the Ceremony.
On March 20, the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Hotel hosted the BraVo Prize Gala Dinner, which brought together the 2018 and 2019 Prize winners, Russian and foreign stars of classical art and popular music, patrons of art, music producers, and editors-in-chief of leading media outlets.
On March 21, at the State Kremlin Palace, the BraVo award ceremony for popular music took place. The large-scale show featured famous Russian pop artists: Philip Kirkorov, Dima Bilan, Loboda, Zivert, Elena Sever, Tamara Gverdtsiteli, the Zemlyane group, Queens, rising stars YurKiss, VladiMir, and many others.
In addition to the well-deserved rewarding of masters of art, “BraVo” has another important mission: to present young talents to a wide audience who will become outstanding musicians in the near future. In 2017, a young Japanese woman, Shio Okui, played at the presentation of the BraVo Prize. In 2018 – wards of the All-Russian talent competition “Blue Bird”. In 2019, Ivan Bessonov was named “Discovery of the Year”, a young Russian pianist and composer, who by his 18 years has already collected many different awards and is collecting full houses in Russia and abroad. Another discovery of 2019 was the Chinese woman Du Yun, who took the award in the category “Best Contemporary Classical Composition.”
On April 2, 2021, despite all the difficulties and limitations, the long-awaited Third Ceremony of the International Professional Music Award “BraVo” will take place. On the stage of the Bolshoi Theater, guests will see the performances of the legendary ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, the winner of the Grammy Ildar Abdrazakov, young Russian pianists Kirill Richter and Ivan Bessonov, one of the most popular young tenors in the world – Bogdan Volkov, the star of the Russian opera stage Albina Shagimuratova and the most promising performer the Bolshoi Theater youth troupe – Maria Barakova, as well as the Italian opera singer Massimo Cavaletti, the popular Indonesian singer Anggun, the famous Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott, the Japanese pianist Shio Okui and the honored opera singer from Kazakhstan Maira Mukhamedkyzy. A teleconference Moscow-Seoul is planned for the remote performance of the Korean star Yiruma. Among the laureates of the Ceremony is Charles Kay, director of the international concert project “World Orchestra for Peace”, which unites musicians from several dozen countries of the world. The script of the Ceremony and the full list of nominees and laureates are still kept secret, but it is safe to say that this year’s BraVo Prize gala promises to be a grandiose celebration of musical art.
The third ceremony of the BraVo International Professional Music Awards is indeed one of the most anticipated cultural events and the first large-scale international event this year!