Pletnev receives 2nd-class Russian honourmain
The pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev has been awarded the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, second degree, at a concert marking the 30th anniversary of his Russian National Orchestra.
The award was made by the minister of culture, Olga Lyubimova.
Vladimir Putin, who usually turns out for top Russian musicians, sent no message.
Pletnev, 63, has maintained his marginality and independence in the Russian kleptocracy.