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President Awards World-Renowned Pianist Dimitri Bashkirov with Medal of Honor

President Salome Zourabichvili attended the opening ceremony of International Festival of Classical Music of Tsinandali on Sunday and awarded Dimitri Bashkirov, a world-renowned pianist, with the Medal of Honor for his outstanding contribution to the development of world musical art and the foundation of Georgia’s piano school, as well as for his high professionalism and his creative, pedagogical and social works at the Tsinandali Estate.
 

President Zourabichvili called Dimitri Bashkirov a phenomenon in world music, noting that Georgia will once again appear on the world musical map thanks to the Tsinandali festival.


“All musical festivals are great events for the Georgian culture.
We are proud that our compatriot, world-renowned pianist Dimitri Bashkirov is participating in this festival. Mr. Dimitri, you were born in Tbilisi, and Georgia will never forget this. You have greatly contributed to the raising of young generations, and never stopped taking part in Georgia’s musical life. You have been a very successful teacher and you’ve earned your reputation as a world pianist and pedagogue. as well as you have highest reputation of world pianist and pedagogue.

 

Georgia has already recognized you and awarded you with the title of Honorary Professor of the Tbilisi Conservatory on your 80th birthday. It was a recognition of your merit by Georgian musical circles. Today, I am awarding you with the Medal of Honor for your outstanding contribution to the development of world musical art and for the foundation of Georgia’s piano school, as well as for your high professionalism, and your creative, pedagogical and social work,” said President Zourabichvili in her address to the pianist, wishing him great success, longevity, and courage.

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