On May 14th, a meeting of the Council for the Platonov award in the field of literature and art was held under the chairmanship of Vladimir Popov, Deputy Head of the Government of the Voronezh Region. Russian cultural and art workers, who are members of Council for the Platonov award, selected the laureate out of four previously nominated candidates.
Leonid Desyatnikov became the eleventh laureate of the award "for outstanding achievements in the development of musical traditions and creative courage".
Leonid Desyatnikov is a Russian composer, Honored Art Worker of the Russian Federation, laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation.
The Platonov award is given annually to Russian or foreign literary and artistic figures for their significant contribution to the cultural heritage of the Russian Federation, for creation of outstanding works of literature, theatre, music, visual arts, and for innovative development of humanistic and cultural traditions.
The award’s monetary equivalent is 1,000,000 rubles. A nominee is also awarded a diploma and a memorable award pin.
In past years, a writer Boris Yekimov, a director Lev Dodin, a musician Mikhail Pletnev, an animator Alexander Petrov, a writer Andrey Bitov, a film director Alexander Sokurov, a writer Alexey Ivanov, a director Anatoly Vasiliev and an actress Alla Demidova, a theatre artist and writer Eduard Kochergin, artistic director of the Platonov festival Mikhail Bychkov became Platonov award laureates.