XVI Open composers competition named after Andrey Petrov
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« I consider the establishment of a large-scale competition of composers to be an exceptional phenomenon. No less significant phenomenon is that the competition is associated with the name of Andrey Petrov - a personality which is in all his manifestations a unique one. I am happy that my friend who was a sower of good in his life, continues to bring joy to many participants in the contest. A deep gratitude to all who have established and support the viability of this significant event».

Giya Kancheli, composer, Honored artist of Russia

I am for such symphonic music that…
I am for such symphonic music that would find a way to the hearts of a wide circle of listeners, and would not be the sphere of interest of a narrow circle of aesthetes. (Andrey Petrov)
An honorary resident of St. Petersburg
A European, American or Asian is usually not particularly impressed with either the rank or regalia or the position of the guests. But when people in Poland, Israel, and China found out that I was an honorary resident of St. Petersburg, the reaction was invariably no less stormy than if they said that I was a Nobel laureate. And, of course, I want to conform to such ideas, strive for an ideal that for me is largely connected with the true St. Petersburg moral behavior of Dmitry Shostakovich and Dmitry Likhachev. With their life, they showed that being a Saint-Petersburger is not only great happiness, but also a high mission.