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Winners of the 2020 Presidential Prize for Young Culture Professionals

March 23, 2021

Dimitris Botinis, winner of the 2020 Presidential Prize for Young Culture Professionals

The prize was awarded for his contribution to developing the traditions of Russian music and educational activity.

Dimitris Botinis was born on November 30, 1986, in Moscow. He graduated from the Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg Conservatory (2011). He won the Antonio Pedrotti International Competition for Orchestra Conductors (2006) and the 1st Russian Music Competition in the opera and symphony conducting category (2011).

Dimitris Botinis is one of the most remarkable representatives of the younger generation of conductors. He is known for his creative boldness, leadership, extensive touring and educational activity.

The conductor collaborates with leading Russian and Greek orchestras. Since 2011, he has participated in the Musical Olympus International Festival, performing with the best ensembles from St Petersburg as well as prominent solo performers who have won prestigious international competitions. In 2012, he debuted as a Mariinsky Theatre conductor and started collaborating with the St Petersburg House of Music. He participates in major projects of the Moscow Philharmonic – in particular, educational concerts by the Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, he directed the Moscow Philharmonic Academic Symphony Orchestra during the opening ceremony of the Filarmoniya-2 Concert Hall. Since 2015, he has been Chief Conductor of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Vasily Safonov North Caucasus State Philharmonic.

Dimitris Botinis has conducted at 14 classical music festivals, over 100 symphony concerts, 30 opera performances and 10 music plays for children.

Elmir Nizamov, winner of the 2020 Presidential Prize for Young Culture Professionals

The prize is awarded for his contribution to continuing the traditions of the Russian composition school.

Elmir Nizamov was born on December 24, 1986, in Ulyanovsk. He graduated from the Nacip Cihanov Kazan State Conservatory (2006). He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Composition and Music Theory at the Kazan State Conservatory, a member of the Russian Union of Composers and a board member of the Composers’ Union of Tatarstan.

Elmir Nizamov composes instrumental chamber music, symphonies and choir pieces, romances, songs and scores for theatre productions and films. In 2013, his composition Celestial Motion for a big symphony orchestra represented Russia at the International Rostrum of Contemporary Music contest organised by the UNESCO International Music Council and the European Broadcasting Union. In 2016, the oldest Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, with Alexander Sladkovsky as Chief Conductor, performed the very same composition. In 2015, Elmir Nizamov’s Kara Pulat (Black Chamber) opera had its grand premiere and won the Republic of Tatarstan’s Tantana theatre award as Event of the Year. Elmir Nizamov was nominated for the Golden Mask theatre award in 2017 as the best composer in a musical theatre. Elmir Nizamov is the recipient of the Musa Calil Republic Award (2015), the First Award of the Dmitry Kabalevsky National Composers’ Contest (2017) and the Partitura National Contest for Young Composers (2020). He won Best Composer for a Local-Language Motion Picture at the 1st Golden Plate Interregional Film Awards (2020) as well as other international, Russian and regional music competitions.

Elmir Nizamov is known for masterfully handling different genres, creating original combinations of classical music with traditional folklore, and developing the evolution dynamic in long and grand-scale music pieces.

The composer’s works have been performed by Russian and foreign symphony and chamber orchestras as well as contemporary music ensembles.

Anna Chipovskaya, winner of the 2020 Presidential Prize for Young Culture Professionals

The prize is awarded for her performances of classical and contemporary roles in theatre and in films.

Anna Chipovskaya was born on June 16, 1987, in Moscow. She graduated from the Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko Drama School at the Anton Chekhov Academic Theatre (2009). Anna is an actress at the Oleg Tabakov Theatre in Moscow. She is a recipient of professional awards and prizes.

She has played in productions by the Anton Chekhov Academic Theatre and the Yevgeny Vakhtangov Academic Theatre. Her current repertoire includes the main roles in Olesya (Alexander Kuprin), Confessions of Felix Krull (Thomas Mann), Three Sisters (Anton Chekhov), The Star Without a Name (Mihail Sebastian), And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie) and Kynaston (Jeffrey Hatcher).

Anna Chipovskaya made her on-screen debut in 2003. Her filmography includes some 40 films.

Anna Chipovskaya has mastered contrasting acting techniques, from Stanislavski’s psychological system to Brecht’s clearly arbitrary concept of theatre or Yevgeny Vakhtangov’s flashy and theatrical drama. Her attention to psychological nuances and careful handling of text, the gift of plasticity she demonstrates when creating visual aspects of her characters, and her beautiful music skills have secured Anna Chipovskaya’s solid path to the top of acting art.

The actress has earned recognition among a wide audience for her talented portrayal of both contemporary characters and roles from classical Russian theatre, on stage.