The idea of connecting two countries, Russia and America, with the goal of promoting mutual understanding through collaborative initiatives in the arts, has been a dream of mine ever since I came to the United States and became a university professor. Cultural exchange, which advocates people to people diplomacy, has become the core principal of the Educational Bridge Project, which I founded in 1997.Read more...
Boston University violinist Zhongling Li stands in Moscow's Red Square during Days of American Culture in Russia (Spring 2002 - photo credit: Kevin Carleton)
The Educational Bridge Project (EBP) provides educational and artistic exchanges between Americans and Russians.
EBP organizes two annual festivals: Days of Russian Culture in America / Days of American Culture in Russia
These festivals create opportunities for faculty and students of participating academic institutions, museum curators and theater performers to become their country's cultural ambassadors.
Using the power of the universal languages of art and music, the Project bridges the rich cultural and educational traditions of two countries and enriches the local communities.
Learn more about the Educational Bridge Project.
Educational Bridge Project Participants at the Met
I want to share with you some great news that I discovered while in New York on a visit to the Met. I noticed in the schedule for the upcoming 2013-2014 season, among the cast of performers, three (!) of the Educational Bridge Project’s former participants: Oksana Shilova (soprano), Gennady Bezzubenkov (bass), and David Crawford (bass-baritone). David went with us to St. Petersburg in May 2002, and Oksana and Gennady were in Boston in the fall of that year. All three of them were then studying in their respective institutions – Boston University’s Opera Institute and the Mariinsky Theater Academy of Young Singers. You could tell back then that they were headed for prominent careers in opera, and we were pleased to be able to bring them into the international spot light.
Oksana Shilova (in the middle) and David Crawford in St. Petersburg. May 2002
As we are preparing our 24th festival which begins in Boston this fall we are excited to bring more talented musicians. Mark your calendar for a phenomenal concert at Tsai Performance Center on November 5th by the Tchaikovsky laureate Miroslav Kultyshev, one of the high points of our festival.
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