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Valery Gergiev was awarded an Order of the Star of Italy

Valery Gergiev was awarded an Order of the Star of Italy (Grand Officer) at an official ceremony held at the Embassy of Italy in Russia on February 1. Maestro Valery Gergiev was honored with one of Italy’s highest state awards for his “continued contribution to the strengthening of Italian-Russian relations through the use of unique artistic language, in which he talks about Italy; for sound support of cultural projects of the Embassy of Italy and the Consulate General of Italy in St Petersburg.” The order was awarded by Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, President of the Italian Senate, in the presence of Pasquale Terracciano, Italy's Ambassador to Russia. Casellati said: “I am glad to award the order to Valery Gergiev for his contribution into the development of relations between our two countries. Undoubtedly, maestro Gergiev is a close friend of Italy.”