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The Musical Olympus Foundation


The International Musical Olympus Festival Celebrates

Five Rising Stars at Carnegie Hall and Petrossian


Musical Olympus Foundation founder Irina Nikitina and

Musical Olympus Foundation founder Irina Nikitina and
Ambassador Carl Spielvogel celebrate the performances of the
Musical Olympus Festival.


New York, NY (April 8, 2011) – The Musical Olympus Foundation, led by Irina Nikitina, presented an international music festival at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, April 7th at 7:30 p.m., which featured five, young, international music competition winners. The festival’s fourth return to the Carnegie stage, Slovenian percussion duo Simon Klavžar and Jože Bogolin, pianist Ilya Maximov of Russia, violinist Solenne Paidassi of France and soprano Anna Kasyan of Georgia performed at Zankel Hall to an energetic ovation.  The performance was followed by a dinner reception at Petrossian.

Joining Musical Olympus Founder Irina Nikitina and Festival committee members Peter Ruof, Mariam Azarm, Tatiana Pouschine, Esmeralda Spinola Pedroni and Aspasia Zoumas, were applause leaders CeCe Cord, Jean Shafiroff, Ambassador Carl Spielvogel and BarbaraLee Spielvogel, American Ballet Theater principal dancers Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, actress Cassandra Seidenfeld, Janna Bullock, fashion designer Maggie Norris, Sarah Scoffield, Elaine Sargent, Dr. Robert Grant, Michele Gerber Klein, Alexander Gregory,
Gail Karr
, Flor Riccio and cosmetic dentists Dr. Shawn Sadri and
Dr. Laura Torrado

Supported by the foundation’s honorary committee, which includes Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Montserrat Caballé,
Placido Domingo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Mariss Jansons,
Yo-Yo Ma, Zubin Mehta
and Yuri Temirkanov, Petrossian guests toasted the performances of the young musical prodigies. Percussionists Klavžar and Bogolin were also presented with the Audience Prize; an award to the favorite festival participant determined by the vote of concert attendees.   The duo received a unique piece of silver artwork by Vladmir Mikhailov, an esteemed Russian artist.

Musical Olympus, with support from the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” and other sponsors, is proud to have the opportunity to present this festival annually.  This year, their rising stars were the winners of the: The International Percussion Duo Competition in Luxembourg, 2009,  The Gabala International Piano Competition in Azerbaijan, 2009 and The Long—Thibaud International Violin Competition in Paris, 2010. 

The Musical Olympus Foundation was established in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1995.  The foundation develops and implements a range of international cultural projects, including the Musical Olympus Festival and an annual charitable ball.  For more information, please visit

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