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MOSCOW, March 10, /ITAR-TASS/. The First International Competition of Choral Conductors is to open at Moscow Conservatoire here on Monday. The Competition is named after Boris Tevlin.
The Competion is brought into being in memory of Boris Tevlin, the founder of a school of modern choral conducting, the originator of the Chamber Choir of Moscow Conservatoire and of the Chair of Modern Choral Art, and the artistic director and chief conductor of the State Academic Russian Choir named after Alexander Sveshnikov.
The aims and tasks of the Competition are to raise the prestige of the "academic choir conducting" speciality, to look for and support most talented young musicians, choir masters, and popularize choral pieces by contemporary domestic and foreign composers.
The programme of the Competition is based the music of the 20th-21st centuries. The jury of the Competition will be headed by outstanding Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin. He said, "Many of high achievements in Russia's choral art of the recent decades have been directly associated with the name of Boris Tevlin".
The jury also includes representatives of the world's choral elite from Russia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Costa Rica, Bulgaria, and China.