The President said, in particular, in his message of congratulations:
“As a virtuoso violinist, a top-class conductor, and an attentive mentor of young talent, you have earned a deserved place among the ranks of the outstanding masters of the arts in the world today. Your unique talent as a performer, rich inner culture and instinctive feel for music make each of your performances a real celebration of creative talent and source of powerful positive energy.
I thank you for your many years of hard work and faithful service to the arts and to our society and country. I thank you for your contribution to developing our national cultural heritage.”