Pure Land foundation is proud to support the Trans-Siberian Art Festival. Founded three years ago by the world-famous violinist Vadim Repin, the annual music and arts festival holds concerts in Renin’s home town of Novosibirsk, across Siberia, in Moscow, and travels to other countries including Israel and Japan throughout the summer.

The festival has featured violinists Pinchas Zukerman and Clara Juma Khan, pianist Daniil Trifonov, cellist Mischa Maisky, and ballerina Svetlana Zakharova.

Events include performances by street musicians from different cities of Russia, Spain, and Korea, flowing into a large-scale flashmob with more than 100 Russian guitarists and cellists competing to take part. Plus a gala concert of classical music with world-class soloists Denis Matsuev, Veronica Dzhioeva and Vadim Repin himself, finishing with colorful light and pyrotechnic show.

Repin says the festival’s ambitious global reach is deliberate. “The Trans-Siberian Railway was built with one purpose: to be a bridge between East and West. We are trying to build a cultural bridge, that’s the purpose of the festival.”

This year, the festival included a performance in Israel for the first time at the invitation of James Judd, chief conductor of the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion.

“The orchestra was ready to experiment,” says Repin, “to perform a new work called De Profundis by Lera Auerbach.  Another small bridge between cultures and countries.” Of the work itself, he says: “This is a very strong, very emotional product, I think it is one of the best violin concertos written in the last decade.”

He believes that the public interest in classical music is not waning, at least not in the East. “It’s a difficult question. I can say one thing: when I play in the East the audience is younger than the West.”