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Read about young talents and their training in creative educational institutions of the city in this article.

In November, the annual competition for the grants from the Mayor of Moscow in the field of culture and art… 2.9 thousand students of the capital’s creative institutions have applied for participation. The final included 99 individual participants and teams who successfully passed all three stages of selection. First, the applicants sent a video presentation, and then performed in person before the jury.

“There are many creative and talented guys in Moscow. To enable them to develop their abilities, the city has created one of the world’s largest systems of additional creative education. Its key link is art schools, where children learn painting, theatrical skills, choreography, vocals, music and other areas. The Moscow Mayor Grant Competition is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your skills and get feedback from the expert jury, ”she said.

Natalia Sergunina, Deputy Mayor of Moscow.

The laureates of the competition received from 15 to 50 thousand rubles in individual nominations and from 30 to 150 thousand rubles in collective.


Polina Larina, second year student Moscow State Institute of Music named after A.G. Schnittke, Won the Folklore nomination. Polina began her singing career at the age of five. Then she was sent to a church Sunday school, and when it became clear that the girl really had talent, she was enrolled in a children’s music school. In the competition for grants for the Mayor of Moscow, she performed a cappella – without musical accompaniment – a work by the Soviet composer Grigory Ponomarenko and one of Lyudmila Zykina’s favorite songs “Tell me, tell me, Volga Mother.”

“I wanted to show all sides of my talent at the competition. I can turn an old forgotten song into a new one, add a little acting, sing in a different way. And now the audience is already listening with bated breath. The main thing for me is to evoke emotions, ”says Polina.

According to the girl, she especially liked the last tour, which took place on a prestigious stage – at the Moscow International House of Music.

“As a first-degree laureate, I received a grant of 50 thousand rubles. I would like to invest these funds in a trip to a foreign music competition to show there what Russian folklore is. I am interested in making sure that my songs touch the hearts of people, ”says Polina.

Classical choreography

Daria Sterligova graduated from the Moscow Choreographic School at Moscow State Academic Dance Theater “Gzhel”… She became a first-degree laureate in the category “Classical Choreography”, filming a video of her training at the barn and performing a variation of the part of Dulcinea from Ludwig Minkus’s ballet Don Quixote, as well as a fragment of Riccardo Drigo’s ballet Talisman.

“For me it was a test of myself, a kind of leap before graduation from school. I had to rehearse a lot. The atmosphere of the competition, the benevolent jury, in front of which the excitement immediately disappeared, helped to perform well, ”said Daria.

Daria fell in love with dancing as a child, having attended Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Cinderella with her parents. Then she realized that she wanted to try herself on stage. At the age of seven, she began to take choreography lessons and soon became a member of the Voronezh children’s collective. Recently, the girl has been performing at the Bolshoi Theater – and has already taken part in the ballets Giselle and Swan Lake.

“I will spend the grant from the Mayor of Moscow on my studies. I plan to improve my level and get a higher education, ”said Daria.

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Architecture and design

Ekaterina Vashugina, 14-year-old student art school “Start”, Received the Grand Prix of the competition and took first place in the “Architecture and Design” category. The schoolgirl had won specialized competitions before, became the winner of the Ideas Transforming Cities and Archvector contests, but it was this victory for her family that was a pleasant surprise.

“We didn’t expect to get the Grand Prix. We sent the work just in case. Although Katya is already a professional, she collaborates with famous fashion designers: she draws sketches of costumes, comes up with shoe models, and brands are happy to take them into production. She also illustrates children’s books, ”says Ekaterina’s mother, Yulia Vitushkova.

Katya submitted three works to the competition for grants from the Mayor of Moscow: a drawing-model of the future amusement park “Mechanical Dragon”, the emblem of the “Start” school and a collage from projects of the American architect Louis Kahn, the creator of buildings in the style of post-war modernism.

“I have a passion for drawing since childhood. I constantly come up with something. Now I am creating an architectural costume for the Golden Needle competition – this is not just clothing, it is more voluminous, embossed and is intended not for everyday life, but for display, ”says Katya.

For the time being, Ekaterina will put the prize money in the piggy bank – she has not yet figured out what to spend it on.

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Wind instruments

16-year-old Georgy Kazakov, a student of the Jazz Academy, won the Wind Instruments nomination by playing the tuba. This bass instrument, created by German craftsmen in the 19th century, is a kind of trumpet.

“Tuba is a very underrated instrument. Four years ago, my dad brought me to a music school, and there they were just entering the tuba class. I got interested and I stayed. And two years ago I entered the Jazz Academy, ”says Georgy.

At the competition, the young man performed one of the works of Antonio Vivaldi, the composition of Robert Dowling “Her Majesty Tuba” and “Fantasy on Themes of Rimsky-Korsakov” by Valery Strukov. In the usual sense, a tuba is an orchestral instrument, but George, like his teacher, likes to play solo on it.

“This is how I express my feelings – they are in every sound,” he adds.

The young man admits: during the competition, he was very worried. George has not yet had to participate in events of this scale, but he managed to tune in. Now his dream is to perform on the stage of the Moscow Conservatory and win the International P.I. Tchaikovsky.

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Theatrical art

11-year-old Vasilisa Levshina, student children’s music school named after K.V. Molchanova, won in the nomination “Theatrical art”. The girl played the role of 13-year-old Varka, the heroine of Chekhov’s story “I Want to Sleep.”

“The story was chosen by my teachers. In the story, the girl was hired as a nanny in a well-to-do house, where she faced adult problems. It was important to show the essence of the plot and the meaning – to pay attention to other people’s feelings. I was very impressed by this image, ”explains Vasilisa.

The young actress conveyed the state of her heroine through a lullaby, dance and artistic word. Vasilisa has been studying performing arts, vocals and choreography for two years. Together with other children and teachers, he participates in the preparation of performances, for example, “About Fedot the Archer”. The plans are to devote his life to the theater. With the money won, Vasilisa will buy a new phone – with its help, she will film her performances.

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