|Pianist Denis Matsuev received the Order of Honor. In a speech of appreciation, the musician noted that arts were like sports in a way.|
“Musicians have a lot in common with football players: the coach is the conductor, the players are the orchestra, workout is rehearsal and the concert is the football match. Even the seating of the orchestra resembles the tactical layout of the football players. The first and second violins are forwards; if we talk about our national team, it is Aleksandr Samedov and Denis Cheryshev. On the other side, the first violin is Artem Dzyuba, then the cello, this is Aleksandr Golovin, the clarinet is the two holding midfielders. The 4 defenders are the 4 horns, and Igor Akinfeev is the drummer. We have 4 days of rehearsal to go, and, of course, we’ll give hell at the concert with the Spaniards. Go Russia!” Denis Matsuev said.
Vladimir Etush was awarded the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” 1st Class. Sergey Bezrukov, Artistic Director of the Moscow Gubernsky Theatre, received the Order of Friendship. Iosif Kobzon, First Deputy Head of the State Duma’s Culture Committee, was awarded the Decoration “For Beneficence”.
“People of different professions are present here. You come from different regions. Denis Matsuev has figuratively compared the national football team with an orchestra. The whole country can be compared to a team, each of us has his or her own role, each industry sounds talented, beautiful, especially if there are such wonderful people as you”, said Vladimir Putin.