Gergiev is building a concert hall in his gardenmain
It is reported in St Petersburg that Valery Gergiev is building a 100-150 seat concert hall in the garden of his house in Repino, the suburb where Shostakovich used to live.
The hall will cost 150 million rubles – around $2 million – and Gergiev is paying for it himself.
The house, formerly a trade union rest home, was given to him by the Governor of St Petersburg in 2005.
Gergiev intends to give his first house concerts during the White Nights festival in June.