Last year, in the middle of February, in the Big hall of the Gnessin state musical college, in front of a large audience, a coincidence occured. A clarinet player came on the scene and performed “Overture on Hebrew Themes” by Sergey Prokofiev. The coincidence was that the clarinet who played was celebrating his 90-th birthday! His name is Ivan Mozgovenko, he is a famous Russian musician and a teacher, professor of the Gnessin State Musical College, the People's artist of Russia. His name is famous in the musical world of the former USSR, in Europe, America. He educated a lot of musicians, and with lots of years of tutorial and creative activities, he became the patriarch of the Russian clarinet school.
The whole history of our country reflected in the destiny of Ivan Mozgovenko. It was both tragic and heroic. He was born in a rural family that was repressed at the beginning of the 30th. He spent his childhood in GULAG. In 1943 as a student at the Music Academy in Sverdlovsk he volunteered to be at the frontline. As part of the Urals volunteer tank corps, he worked at the medical and sanitary battalion. He is decorated with the Order of the Patriotic War, a Red Star and a medal “For services in the battles”.
- Tell us, please, about the most memorable days during the terrifying war.
I have performed in different countries abroad and I have never met people who strive to fight against us except fascist brats. They were always considered as enemies to humanity. I worry a lot about the situation in Ukraine, because I personally participated in the battle to rescue Kiev.
- Mr.Mozgovenko, How do you see the future, what is your heart’s desire?
I wish there is peace all over the world. That’s all people thought about during the war. Now, I have 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. What else can I wish them except a peaceful sky above their heads? I wish you all goodness and happiness…
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