The State Collection of Unique Musical Instruments of the Russian Federation Today

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In 2010, the State Collection of Unique Musical Instruments of the Russian Federation became a part of the Glinka National Museum Consortium of Musical Culture.

In 2010-2012, instruments from this collection were used for such successful exhibitions as “Perfection of Sound and Form. Masterpieces by Amati, Stradivari, Guarneri...”, “Secrets of the Russian Luthiers” and “Whimsical Classics”.
In 2011-2012, in conjunction with Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the State Collection implemented the “Stradivari Dialogue”, a unique cultural project that linked Russia and France. The first part took place in October 2011 in the Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall. The second part took place on September 29, 2012, in the city of Bordeaux (France). Young Russian musicians, prize-winners at international contests, and students of the Moscow Conservatory played instruments made by the great Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari. Four violins and a viola demonstrated the vast sound capacities and the richness of their legendary sound colors. These performances by the young musicians were accompanied by the Moscow Soloists chamber orchestra conducted by Yuri Bashmet. The members of the Moscow Soloists orchestra also played instruments that form part of the State Collection of Unique Musical Instruments of the Russian Federation.   
In order to increase the popularity of the “Great Russian Collection”, as they sometimes call the State Collection of Unique Musical Instruments, the “Instruments of the State Collection Played in Capitals of the World” project is being implemented.  Concerts by the Moscow Soloists chamber orchestra conducted by Yuri Bashmet, its artistic director and chief conductor, Honored Artist of the USSR and holder of the State Awards of the USSR and the Russian Federation, are held in the capital cities of European countries. Musicians play instruments from the State Collection and tell about it.  Concerts have already been held in Italy, Spain, Poland, and other countries.
In 2012, the representatives of the Glinka National Museum Consortium of Musical Culture met with Paolo Bodini, President of the Stradivari Foundation, and they agreed to act together to preserve, study and restore the unique musical instruments that form the State Collection of Unique Musical Instruments, the world’s largest state collection of musical instruments.
In 2013, the Glinka National Museum Consortium of Musical Culture became a member of the Friends of Stradivari Foundation.
The Glinka National Museum Consortium of Musical Culture is working toward including the State Collection of Unique Musical Instruments in the world catalogue of unique musical instruments.
Today, to make the State Collection of Unique Musical Instruments more popular, the Glinka National Museum Consortium of Musical Culture is offering season tickets to the “Sounds of the Instruments of the State Collection of Unique Musical Instruments”. Those who will attend these concerts will not only hear this or that violin, but also learn about its “biography”.
You may see the instruments from the State Collection of Unique Musical Instruments in the “Musical Instruments of the World” exhibition at the Central Museum of Musical Culture.