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“I would like to cordially welcome you at the Russian Embassy,” said Ambassador Anatoly Antonov.  “Today we honor three young but already accomplished musicians – Kenneth Broberg, Zlatomir Fung and Ansel Norris. They represented the US and became prize-winners of the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition. I am confident that the successful participation of the American colleagues in this prestigious competition will serve as a springboard in their professional career and international recognition of their talents.”

“Not many people know that the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 was won by a US citizen, outstanding pianist Van Cliburn,” he added. “His sensational performance in Moscow at the height of the Cold War helped break down cultural barriers and gave hope for finding mutual understanding between our countries based on love for classical music.”