The Belarusian classical pianist and conductor Rostislav Krimer became the 8th Star Ambassador of the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019. The ceremonial presentation was made within the 13th Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival in Minsk.
«I’m deeply pleased to be awarded with this honorary title. Through me and my colleagues devoted to the art you’ll find a choir of voices ready to spread such a great event as the 2nd European Games are around the world. It is prestigious opportunity for Belarus to show its historic, cultural and infrastructural wealth, raise touristic potential and open new horizons for the citizens. So, I would like to wish all our athletes high achievements at the upcoming sportive forum», Krimer said.
The Minsk European Games Organising Committee CEO George Katulin emphasized: «Due to his concerts and pedagogical activities, Rostislav Krimer is brightly telling about Belarus all over the world. Though our main goal is to arrange the biggest multi-sport event in the Belarussian history at a high level, to expose Belarus to the world is even more important. Especially to Europe as more than 4 thousand athletes from 50 European countries will come to Minsk next year. I’m convinced that involving such people as Rostislav Krimer into the preparation for the Games we will succeed».
The mission of the Star Ambassadors, more of whom will be named later, is to spread the word about Europe’s premier multisport event that will take place from 21-30 June next year in the Belarusian capital. The ambassadors will be tasked with promoting a positive image of the Games in Belarus and abroad, generating public interest, and drawing awareness to the 15 sports on the program of the 2nd European Games: 3x3 basketball, archery, athletics, badminton, beach soccer, beach volleyball, boxing, canoe sprint, cycling, judo, karate, sambo, shooting, table tennis and wrestling.
Earlier, the four-time Olympic champion in Biathlon Darya Domracheva, People's Artists of Russia, famous circus trainers Askold and Edgard Zapashnye, Olympic champion in Canoe Sprint Alexander Bogdanovich, three-time Olympic Champion in Wrestling Alexander Medved, European marathon champion Volha Mazuronak, TV presenter and bloger Anna Bond became the 2nd European Games Star Ambassadors.
Born in Belarus, Rostislav Krimer has been impressing audiences and critics with his brilliant pianism and sensitive musicality. A Laureate of the UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria among others, he is favored to play with the musicians of the caliber of Yuri Bashmet, Paul Badura-Skoda, Gidon Kremer, Maxim Vengerov, Sergey Krylov, Viktor Tretyakov, Mario Brunello both as a concerto soloist and a chamber musician. Solo appearances of Rostislav Krimer and his numerous successful Concerto performances with Grammy-Award winners Yuri Bashmet and Chamber Ensemble ‘Moscow Soloists’, Gidon Kremer and ‘Kremerata Baltica’, the State Symphony Orchestra `New Russia’ under Yuri Bashmet, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra under Sergey Krylov, Philharmonie der Nationen under Justus Frantz, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Andres Mustonen brought him to play in most prestigious venues, such as Grand Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Grand Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Berliner Philharmonie, Beethovenhalle in Bonn, St.Martin-in-the-Fields and Queen Elisabeth Hall in London, Mirabell Schloss in Salzburg, Salle Cortot in Paris, Linder Auditoium in Johannesburg, Teatro Communale in Florence, Theatre ‘La Monnae’ in Brussels and many others. Rostislav Krimer played his London debut recital in Cadogan Hall in 2006. It was highly acclaimed by London audience and critics.
He participated in the most prestigious festivals: Aix-en-Provence in France, Beethovenfest in Bonn, Delft festival in Netherlands, Festival of Gidon Kremer in Lockenhaus, Villa Medici in Roma, Ljubljana Festival. He also played at the cultural part of the Olympic games in Sochi in 2014 the ‘Rising Stars’ concert together with Kronberg Festival artists. Rostislav Krimer is the founder and Artistic Director of the annual Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival, which regularly sees most notable artists of our time, orchestras and young talents from all over the world. More about Rostislav Krimer.