"I am thrilled to join Ilona’s wonderful initiative, GetClassical In School. From my earliest times at the Moscow Conservatory and onward, I always enjoyed partaking in many of the educational outreach programs that provided children not only with great music, instructions on instrumental skills and repertoire, but with an appreciation of classical culture in general. It was always my strong conviction that creating an environment that fosters love for music, helps students to develop their personality positively and I always looked for ways to implement that. Together with my conservatory friends, we created a music festival for children in the outskirts of Moscow, bringing all the prestigious competition winners out to perform and share their talent with the kids beyond their performance; the only way to disseminate continued love for classical music is to make it a personal experience. Acknowledging this important ingredient, GetClassical In School is a unique opportunity for such artist collaborations that expand kids’ horizon and will inspire them for the future. I am happy to support GetClassical In School's efforts whenever possible."