Today the International Elena Obraztsova Music Academy is celebrating its second anniversary. It is still a great honor for me to be its Artistic Director. And what is really very dear to my heart – it was Elena Obraztsova’s personal desire that I would have become the Artistic Director. She was the person who in many ways influenced my attitude to life and work we do. Having a great musical talent and intuition Elena Vasiliyevna clearly understood that one of the most important things for a young singer was to find his teacher, who would be sensitive, strict but at the same time would endlessly believe in his student, would know which repertoire to choose for him at that very moment. I am really proud of the fact that now only teachers like that work in the Academy. I am really happy that our students always have opportunity to be “heard” and to come for advice to their alma-mater. Two years is a period long enough to make some conclusions and they are actually very positive: all our students made their first achievements in the career, received prizes at the competitions, realized their first mistakes. Thank you to all the teachers of the Academy for that fruitful everyday work. I really wish all of us to be worthy Elena Obraztsova’s name in work we do.