Gergiev colonises a Conservatoire

Gergiev colonises a Conservatoire


norman lebrecht

October 01, 2020

The conductor has been put in charge of an $11 million renovation programme at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg.

The arrangement was announced by the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko on President Putin’s orders.

Valery Gergiev is already tsar of the two Mariinsky theatres in St Petersburg and one in Vladivostok, as well as a  a new theatre complex on Sakhalin Island – not to mention the Munich Philharmonic in occupied Bavaria.

This latterday imperialist will not let the Conservatoire out of his clutches.



  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation will allocate 1 billion rubles for the reconstruction of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg. This was announced on Wednesday, September 30 “RIA News” with reference to the statement of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Chernyshenko.

    According to him, funds for priority work will be allocated in 2020 and 2021. The restoration and reconstruction of the historic building of the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory is planned to be completed by the end of 2024, start-up and commissioning works are to be carried out and the building to be put into operation in 2025.

    According to Denis Kolodko, Deputy Director of the North-West Directorate for Construction, Reconstruction and Restoration of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, in October it is planned to announce a competition for emergency work in the building of the conservatory.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly drawn attention to the conservatory in St. Petersburg. He instructed the government and authorities to bring the issue of reconstruction to the end. In March 2020, the president instructed to take emergency measures and resume the restoration as soon as possible. Emergency response work has already been carried out.

    “Because, to be honest, there were certain violations, including technological ones, which could not be regarded as anything other than vandalism,” Chernyshenko said. REGNUM…

    The Ministry of Construction joined the restoration process, the TV channel notes “Star”… One of the main tasks, according to the Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov, is to preserve the unique acoustic qualities of the Great Hall of the Conservatory.… For this, coordination with professionals will be carried out.

    Valery Gergiev, artistic director of the Mariinsky Theater, volunteered for this role. The theater is located opposite the conservatory on Teatralnaya square. Gergiev will evaluate the technological proposals for the stage and acoustic parameters of the building.

    The restoration of the conservatory began in 2014. The first contractors were “Stroyfasad” and “Baltstroy” – the contracts with them were terminated in 2017. After them, Meander took over the work, but in 2018 they were suspended and the contracts were again terminated.

    Not quite the same as you are claiming.

  • Alex says:

    Oh no.

  • Victor Trahan says:

    ”Colonize or colonise:

    Colonize means to send citizens to a different land to establish a settlement and thereby establish political control for the home country. Colonize may also refer to establishing plants or animals in a new habitat. Colonize may be used as either a transitive verb which is a verb that takes an object, or an intransitive verb, which takes no object. The North American spelling is colonize, related words are colonizes and colonized, the adjective colonizable and the nouns colonizer and colonization. Colonise is the preferred British spelling. Related words are colonises and colonised, the adjective colonisable and the nouns coloniser and colonisation. The American spellings are also considered correct and are gaining acceptance around the world.”

    The same applies to program (US) vs programme )British)

  • Alexander Walker says:

    Well it is just the other side of the road…

  • Maria says:

    Very curios about the theatre on Sakhalin Island. Where did this come from?