The Philharmonic Musical and Literature Lyceum
The Musical and Literature Lyceum was established on the 16th of August of 1945, and nowadays it is the oldest artistic group of the Gabdulla Tuqay Tatar State Philharmonia. Artists of the Variety and Concert Department, which amongst other things had been carrying out lyceum tasks from the day of its establishment in 1937, also joined the Lyceum On the 1st of January of 1994 the Musical and Literature Lyceum was rearranged and named "Opera and Chamber Music Department". In August 2012 the department was given its initial name "the Philharmonic Musical and Literature Lyceum" stating its belonging to the Tatar State Philharmonia. In different years the Lyceum Department included such singers as Idea Alekseeva, Tamara Belova, Zifa Basyrova, Javagirya Salyakhova, Emil Zalyaltdinov, Nazhia Terkulova, Kamil Basyrov, Galina Petruseva, Alchachak Islamova, Luiza Khangildina, Alexandr Ogorodnikov, Alfia Zagidullina, Rinold Akhmanov, Rauf Abbasov, Alfia Galimova, Rashid Gubaidullin, Gali Iliasov, Rinold Akhmanov, Galina Lastovka, Clara Khairetdinova, Nina Varshavskaya, Svetlana Tolstik, Rustam Malikov, Nailya Sagirova, Raushania Zigangirova, Mariam Salimova; instrumentalists as Rustem Abyazov (violin), Larisa Maslova (violoncello), Veronika Varshavskaya (pianoforte), bayan players Fanis Gilmutdinov, Vladimir Fedotov, Evgeny Suraev, Nazib Badretdinov, and Ilias Sharipov; concertmaster as Danat Akhmedov, Nikolay Alexeev, and Vladimir Varshavsky; lecturers and music experts as Zainab Khairullina, Maginur Ziganshina, Fatyma Valeeva, Milyausha Utei, Chulpan Bakhtiyarova, Zumarra Khalitova, and Clara Tazieva; directors as Kashifa Tumasheva and Eduard Drobot; elocutionists as Tamara Levkovich, Nina Sikorskaya, Margarita Spetsloz, Svetlana Slavutina, Gennady Gurfinkel, Nina Tumanskaya, and Airat Arslanov. Nowadays the orchestra consists of 9 artists, among them are: the People's Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan Georgy Ibushev (tenor), laureates of international contests Gulnara Bainazarova (soprano), Rigina Valieva (soprano); instrumentalists - the laureate of the international contest Alfia Mansurova (violin) and the laureate of the all-Russian contest Ilias Kamalov (violoncello); concertmaster - the Honoured Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan Roman Chuinov, lecturer and music expert - Alsu Mulyukova. The Honoured Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan Vladimir Mikhailovich Vasiliev (basso) is an artistic director of the Philharmonic Musical and Literature Lyceum from the 1st of January of 2014. Throughout its history the Philharmonic Musical and Literature Lyceum conducts huge public awareness campaign primary focus of which is on upbringing of the widest audience, specifically the younger generation, via introduction to the world of art, music, and art of declamation. Work of the group is arranged exactly in such a way that its programs are available to each habitant of the Republic of Tatarstan. Concerts embrace almost all its corners and first of all schools, vocational and higher education institutions, culture centres and health resorts, concert halls. Every year the Philharmonia organizes a range of thematic concerts with participation of the whole team and solo concerts of artists of the Philharmonic Musical and Literature Lyceum. From the beginning of 1990s they started inviting well-known Russian performers for participation in the Lyceum's programs, for instance Valery Mikitsky (solo performer of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre), the Honoured Artist of Russia Ksenia Viaznikova (solo performer of Helikon Opera Moscow Theatre), the Honoured Artist of the Republic of Adygeya Valentina Koshubaeva, the solo performer of the State Academical Bolshoi Theatre of Russia Venera Gimadeeva, the solo performer of the Moscow State Academic Philharmonia Yekaterina Mechetina (piano player), the solo performer of the State Academy Theatre "Moscow Operetta" Anna Novikova, the People's Artist of Russia Vasily Ovsyannikov and others. The repertoire of the Philharmonic Musical and Literature Lyceum's artists, as a repertoire of any other academical performer, consist of opera and chamber vocal and instrumental works of Tatar, Russian, and foreign composers, and national songs.