On 17 January 2018, the SCO Headquarters in Beijing hosted the fourth in a series of musical events titled Nine Magic Notes. The world of Russian music was presented by the charming Varvara Kutuzova, a young representative of the Russian Federation.
The fourth recital was organised by the SCO Secretariat together with the Russian Embassy in the People's Republic of China.
"Russian music is an astonishing and hypnotising creation of the spirit, which has everything necessary to move and purify any person, who listens to it with an open heart. It boasts a constellation of names that brought worldwide fame to Russia: Ivan Glinka and Piotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Sergei Prokofiev, to name a few. There are numerous great performers like Heinrich Neuhaus, the Oistrakh family, Svyatoslav Richter and Denis Matsuyev. It is impossible to name all of the musicians," SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov said in his opening remarks.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the People's Republic of China Andrei Denisov introduced "the lady of the musical event" and described her short, brilliant career. In his turn, Rashid Alimov revealed the secret of the young prodigy's success by suggesting that it lay "not only in her indefatigable studies and natural talent but also in the special way she produces the sound of the piano and phrases so magically when she touches the keys. While performing her favorite pieces, she invites us to think about peace and kindness, happiness and love together with her."
Varvara astonished the guests by her virtuoso playing. Her light finger technique coped masterfully even with the most difficult passages by the great composers like Robert Schumann, Maurice Ravel, Piotr Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff. She performed with incredible ease. At 14, Varvara is surprisingly bold in putting her soul and her young emotions into her piano playing, letting the tones produced by the piano strings make the audience feel happiness when they immerse themselves in the music of famous compositions.
"Her presentation of music opens people's hearts and helps them be kinder and better… Finally, her way with music is a specific and crystal pure message to the world. Peace is invaluable. Varvara Kutuzova's music, like music in general, helps to defend, protect and safeguard peace, to establish dialogue and mutual understanding. And this is one of the main principles of the Shanghai Spirit," Rashid Alimov said in conclusion.
Following the recital, the SCO Secretary-General expressed gratitude to Varvara for her painstaking work and talent and devoted to her these eight lyrical lines:
The young hands fluttered up like butterflies,
And touched the keys… The sounds came alive,
Singing… The soul opens to the world,
Oh, what a good soul you have!
The fingertips are exuding the mystery,
And echoes from the piano, as if the suffering strings
Were singing out to us about happiness, like Varvara's soul,
Oh, what a good soul you have!
The event was attended by representatives of the PRC Foreign Ministry, ambassadors of India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Afghanistan, Turkey, Sri Lanka and Turkmenistan, representatives of the diplomatic corps in Beijing, SCO Secretariat officials, as well as media representatives.
Varvara Kutuzova is a student at the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatoire. She has been awarded scholarships by the Vladimir Spivakov Charity Foundation and the Valery Zolotukhin Charity Foundation. She is a winner of numerous Russian and foreign competitions and a participant in international music festivals held under the patronage of Denis Matsuyev and Vladimir Spivakov, as well as Annecy Classic in France, ArtDialog in Switzerland, and Days of Moscow in France, Slovenia, China, and other countries.
A photo exhibition dedicated to the history of music in Russia is on display at the SCO Headquarters. The exhibition is sponsored by the Russian Cultural Centre in Beijing.
Chamber recitals are held at the SCO Headquarters under the comprehensive SCO Is Our Common Home programme. The musical events will culminate in a grand gala concert involving performers from the eight Eurasian member countries in May of this year, which will become the final musical performance before the SCO summit in China.