Yuri Bashmet Music Festival is one of the world’s largest cultural forums which brings together the best contemporary musicians.
Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival has been held in Belarus every year since 2006.
The festival promotes classic art, and is designed to support young talents and innovations in culture. One of the key ideas of the festival is to provide young talents with an opportunity to perform on one stage together with internationally renowned artists. This will help young musicians hone their performing skills, contribute to their career advancement and strengthen international cultural cooperation.
Rostislav Krimer, an outstanding Belarusian pianist, prize-holder of international contests, is the founder and art director of the festival. Legendary viola player and conductor Yuri Bashmet is an honorary co-chairman of the organizing committee of the festival.
The 11th International Yuri Bashmet Festival in Minsk was held from 30 September till 11 October, 2016.
The CIS Youth Music Academy, unparalleled in the Commonwealth of Independent States, is annually held as part of Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival.
The Academy offers master classes from prominent teachers of music, one-to-one lessons, meetings with world famous artists and pedagogues as well as joint performance of maestros and beginners.
The event is held under the auspices of the CIS Interstate Humanitarian Cooperation Fund and the Culture Ministry of Belarus.
The first music academy welcomed 21 young performers from eight CIS states in 2009. Over 30 gifted musicians attended the academy in 2010.