In 2014 Dmitry Hvorostovsky with his wife Florence, friends Pavel Astakhov, Vasily and Tatiana Peganov began a large charitable project “Dmitry Hvorostovsky and Friends for Children”, aiming to help those children that are not as fortunate as the rest.
The first charity concert was held in the Kremlin Palace in October 2014. Dmitry Hvorostovsky invited talented young performers, the orchestra of the Central Music School at the Moscow Conservatory, conducted by Dmitry’s friend, the famous conductor, Honoured Artist of Russia, Constantin Orbelyan.
In total, the audience donated an impressive 21 million rubles. This money then was used to provide help for 70 severely ill children.
Inspired by such results, the organizers arranged the next charity concert in Ufa, in the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theater, on November 18, 2015. This time Ildar Abdrazakov, soloist and the Mariinsky theatre, and the Metropolitan opera, a well renowned bass took part in this concert.
The concert was the most significant cultural event of the year in Bashkortostan. Its arrangements were held under the patronage of the President of the Republic Rustem Khamitov. Rusfond received more than 15 million rubles, which allowed to pay for the treatment of 20 children.
The third charity concert was held at the Bolshoi Theater on June 1, 2016, on the International Children’s Day. The concert was organized with the support of the Government of Moscow and the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation. And this time Dmitry Hvorostovsky invited outstanding opera singers, world-famous stars: Ildar Abdrazakov (bass), Dinara Alieva (soprano), Julia Mazurova (mezzo-soprano), Stephen Costello (tenor). The Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Konstantine Orbelyan, took part in the concert. Greetings to the participants and organizers were sent by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The concert was broadcast on a huge plasma screen installed on the Theater Square.
10 million rubles collected at the concert made it possible to render help to 22 seriously ill children from different regions of Russia – Bashkortostan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Arkhangelsk, Saratov, Yaroslavl, Chelyabinsk, Ulyanovsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Omsk, Volgograd and Novosibirsk. Operations and treatment of children with cardiac malformation, paralysis, severe scoliosis, diabetes were paid for along with insulin pumps, wheelchairs and rehabilitation aids.
Over the entire period of the project’s existence, “Dmitry Hvorostovsky and Friends for Children” have paid for the treatment of 112 Rusfond mentees for a total of 45,611,367 rubles.
Dmitry Hvorostovsky hoped to organize the next charity concert in his hometown of Krasnoyarsk, but on November 22, 2017 Dmitry left us …
Florance Hvorostovskaya and Dmitry’s friends could not leave the noble work begun by Dmitry. Today, within the framework of a large project “Dmitry Hvorostovsky and Friends for Children”, two foundations have begun their work: the Dmitry Hvorostovsky Charity Foundation and the Dmitry Hvorostovsky Foundation for the Support of Arts.
The Dmitry Hvorostovsky Foundation for the Support of Arts was created for the development of performing arts. In the objectives of the fund – the organization of creative competitions, educational programs, support of talented artists and the popularization of high art. We are striving to create a large center that will allow all friends of Dmitry, all performers, creators who share the ideas of serving the society, transfer knowledge to new generations, support and develop young talented performers.
The charity fund named after Dmitri Hvorostovsky is called upon to help the children in urgent need of treatment. To attract public attention and raise the necessary funds, the Charity Fund named after Dmitry Hvorostovsky will organize concerts of Dmitry’s friends, those artists who personally knew Dmitry and those who share the idea of uniting for the sake of helping children. The first
concert without Dmitry and in memory of him will be held on August 26 in Krasnoyarsk.
Friends, we are together for the sake of children – this is the motto of the project “Dmitry Hvorostovsky and friends for children. This is the motto of the Dmitry Hvorostovsky Fund for the Support of Art. This is the motto of the Charity Fund named after Dmitry Hvorostovsky.
We are together for the sake of children – this is the principle that unites all the friends of our big project.