On Russia Day, in the St George Hall of the Kremlin, the President presented the 2018 National Awards for outstanding achievements in science and technology, literature and the arts, and humanitarian activity.
The 2018 National Award in science and technology has been awarded to Valery Mitrofanov, Vladislav Pustovoit and Yefim Khazanov for establishing the fundamental ideas and instrumental solutions making it possible to record gravitational waves; Vladimir Porkhanov, Vladimir Parshin and Vladimir Kharchenko for substantiating a new concept to reduce morbidity and mortality in patients with tracheal stenosis and introducing it into clinical practice; Vitaly Naumkin for an outstanding contribution to Oriental studies (Arab and Islamic studies).
The 2018 Russian Federation National Award in literature and the arts has been awarded to Pavel Basinsky for his contribution to the development of Russian literature; Nikolai Lugansky for his contribution to Russian and world music; Yelena Shatkovskaya for her contribution to the preservation of Russia’s historical, cultural and natural heritage.
The 2018 National Award for outstanding achievements in humanitarian work has been awarded to Rodion Shchedrin.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Laureates, friends,
I sincerely wish you and all citizens of our country a happy Russia Day.
We always have warm feelings when we think about our Fatherland, about what it means to each of us, for the whole multiethnic people of Russia. We treasure its millennium-long history, great culture and tremendous achievements, its unique natural wealth, the beauty of its huge expanses, the diversity and original identity of its regions. All this brings together our understanding of our homeland.
The Fatherland is inseparable from us, Russia’s citizens, from our responsibility for its present and future, from our commitment to contribute to its progress and prosperity. The large-scale challenges facing the country can only be solved by working together, when everyone is aware of the significance of their personal efforts for the good of all, and does everything possible for it. Today’s winners of the National Awards are distinguished by such involvement in the destiny of the Motherland, dedication to their calling, and their ability to incessantly move forward to the peak of their profession.
World-renowned composer Rodion Shchedrin is receiving an award for outstanding achievements in humanitarian work.
It is no exaggeration to say that the scope of his personality, the abundance of his talent, the range of artistic mastery really dazzle. He is the author of a great number of musical works of very different genres. Not everyone knows that the popular song from the film The Height (Vysota) was composed by none other than Rodion Shchedrin, who was still a student back then.
At that time, almost 70 years ago, his first works were performed at the Moscow Conservatory. Success and international recognition came to the fantastically gifted composer very quickly and they have always accompanied him in his fruitful creative career.
His operas, ballets, symphonies, choir, chamber music and piano pieces invariably unveil new horizons and at the same time reflect musical traditions, including those of Russian folklore. The maestro says of folk art that it “makes one want to convey the feelings created by it that cannot be expressed in words.” And he reconstructs these emotions in his music in a bright and spatial manner, daringly and passionately converting into music works by such great writers as Leskov, Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy and Chekhov.
Loyalty to the Russian theme, Russia’s spiritual heritage are characteristic features of Rodion Shchedrin’s multifaceted work. His musical activity is undoubtedly a mission – an educational and humanitarian one that unites people of different countries.
To be continued.
via Website of the President of Russia