Vitaly Vatulya is one of the most outstanding young saxophonists of Russia. He was born in Moscow in 1987. Vitaly started his music education in the Crimea (Ukraine), and at the age of 13 he won a national contest called ‘Young Virtuoso’ in Simferopol. Later Vitaly Vatulya won various awards at ‘Young saxophonist’ European Contest (Gap, France), ‘Classical Heritage’ International Competition (Moscow, Russia), and the International Competition for Wind Instruments (Togliatti, Russia).
There are two definitions of the word “peace” in the Oxford dictionary:
1. “Freedom from disturbance; tranquility; mental and emotional calm”.
2. “A state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended; the state of being free from civil disorder”. “Music for Peace” project (MfP) tries to deal with both of the definitions and sends a number of messages to the audience – musical students and spectators. “Music for Peace” is a charitable musical project, and its mission is to benefit young musicians who live in today’s conflict zones. The “Music for Peace” project used the convening power of music as a vehicle to create international and cross-cultural relationships between young people all over the world.
Through music, MfP aims to bring individuals from all backgrounds and social statuses together and create a relaxed and natural environment in which they can succeed.
The Music for Peace Project has been founded by two young Russian musicians, Maria Nemtsova (piano) and Vitaly Vatulya (saxophone).
The concerts and master classes are used to present new challenges to the artists, to perform in a variety of different settings and remote areas, give masterclasses to young people growing up in area of recent conflict, and perform in countries with histories of cultural and religious differences.
The main goal is to share knowledge, experience and joy with the audience.
Maria Nemtsova was born in Moscow, Russia in 1984 and began playing the piano at the age of five. By the age of 6 Maria won her first piano competition. She later went on to attend the Myaskovsky Children’s Music School studying with Galina Esman, and taking part in the televised competition «Young Musicians of Moscow» (1997). In 1998 Maria Nemtsova was accepted into the competitive Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory Academic College. Whilst at the College, Maria participated in many festivals and gave concerts in Russia, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and USA. She was a regular prize-winner in international competitions before graduating from the College with distinction in 2002 after which she was accepted into the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. It was at the Moscow Conservatory that Maria studied with the renowned pianist and teacher Prof. Yuri Slessarev from where she graduated in 2007 with honors.