Vladimir Spivakov

UNESCO / Vladamir Spivakov, UNESCO Artist for Peace

A prominent orchestra conductor and violinist, chair of several international musical festivals, Vladimir Spivakov is also an active humanitarian. Born in Russia, Mr Spivakov began his career at an early age when he received his first prize at the major conductor contest in Moscow, at only 13. In 1984, Leonard Bernstein presented his conductor’s baton to Spivakov who, thereafter, went on to win several awards such as People’s Artist of the USSR in 1991, the Légion d’honeur in 2000 and was the prizewinner at several violin competitions in Moscow, Paris, Genoa and Montreal. In 1984, the violinist set up the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation whose objective is to assist artistically gifted young people and develop cultural values and traditions. The charity also assists orphanages and children’s hospitals.

Vladimir Spivakov was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2006 in recognition of his commitment to the arts and to artistic creativity and of his support for UNESCO’s ideals. The Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation acts in favour of artistic education and education for children in need and participates in the UNESCO project “In support of the culture of peace and non-violence”. In 2000, UNESCO awarded the Foundation an honorary medal “for its contribution to the development of the musical culture of the 3rd millennium”.


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