The message reads, in part:
“This festival was established to commemorate an outstanding musician, a vibrant, talented, extraordinary man, and a great devotee. The list of the Maestro’s undeniable accomplishments includes creating a foundation for cultural and humanitarian programmes that, for many years, has been successfully supporting the professional development of young talents, helping them find their way as artists.
Today, many popular educational, mentoring, and charity initiatives spearheaded by the foundation are being implemented, and many large-scale celebratory events, like this wonderful festival, are being held.
Over the years, it has brought together powerful creative forces, garnered prestige and recognition, and become a great and memorable event in the cultural life of our country and the world.
I am sure that this year’s festival will be held at a high level, and that it will treat its guests to a full, sumptuous concert programme and an all-star line-up.”