Dedicated to my mother — Alla Abugova — a great mother, good friend and a woman who always wanted to help

Anton Abugov, founder


Art support

In 2008 Foundation A played a pivotal role in the inauguration of the First Moscow Cello Festival. After the first edition was held with strong support of Foundation A, the festival became a well-established event in the Moscow art calendar, taking its own course under the name of Vivacello. The festival has its heart set on representing the cello’s versatility as a musical instrument. That is why Vivacello regularly hosts diverse events such as chamber and symphonic music concerts, different genres crossovers, theater productions, presentations, etc. As a result, the audience gets to know the full spectrum of the cello’s artistic possibilities. Apart from that, the festival introduces notable world premieres on a yearly basis.

Over the past years, the festival has included performances by such famous cellists as David Geringas, Giovanni Sollima, Monika Leskovar, Tatyana Vasilyeva and the legendary Ensemble of 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic. The inaugural edition of the festival was held in 2009 in commemoration of Mstislav Rostropovich, while the closing ceremony has included appearances by such great composers as Krzysztof Penderecki and Rodion Shchedrin, performing their own compositions.

Thank-you letter of Boris Andrianov, Art director


"Its aspiring title is well supported by eminent participants".
— Culture TV channel

"One of a kind... Unconventional programming and different styles mixture".
— 1st TV channel

"The one and only Russian cello festival that is close on the heels of the famous Kronberg Cello Festival".
— Culture TV channel

"It aims at promoting cello art, targeting the audience beyond the narrow circle of devotees".
— Vedomosti newspaper

"For those who want to enjoy exquisite cello sounding and rest from the city hustle".
— 1st TV channel