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The ArtsScience Achievement Foudation


901 North Pitt St.

Suite 325

Alexandria VA 22314

Tel/Fax: (703) 229 90 02   

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Organizers of the project:

  • "Crystal Note" Inc., (USA)
  • Arts & Science Achievement Foundation (USA)
  • TPF "50x50" Inc., (USA)
  • Foundation for the Promotion of the Development of Mass Information Systems (Russia)
  • LLC "Broadcasting Company "50/50" (Russia)

In October 23rd 1996 Miami, Florida, USA Presentation of «Crystal Note» Children's International Music Award took place. This joint American-Russian project of children's art which currently has no analogue in the world is aimed at revealing of gifted 14 to 20 year-old pop music performers all over the world for assisting them in getting of professional training and further artistic development. By the size of aims and tasks set the competition can be compared to such a famous American National Pop Music Award as «Grammy».

The first ceremony of «Crystal Note» Children's International Music Award in the State Kremlin Palace ran from the 23rd of August till the 3rd of September in the framework of the 850th Anniversary of the Russian capital of Moscow. 38 young gifted performers from 12 countries of the world such as Australia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Malta, Georgia, Israel, the USA, Finland, Byelorussia competed for the highest awards of the competition. The competition comprising two rounds was given in the nominations of «vocal», «saxophone» and «piano».

Prize money fund for «Crystal Note-97» made $100 000. However, unlike other International Artistic contests the awards here were provided as scholarships (grants) for getting professional education, phonogram record, clips shooting or costumes' buying. World community and cultural workers paid great attention to this unique artistic project.

Official delegation of Florida led by the Secretary of State Sandra Mortham arrived at Moscow for the opening ceremony of «Crystal Note-97». The member of the Democratic Party of the USA Gwen Berlin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Israel in Russia were present as official guests of the competition.

The President of Russian Federation Boris Eltsin and the President of the USA Bill Clinton sent their best warm greetings to the guests and participants of the competition.

The composition of the International Jury of the

"Crystal Note-97":

  • James Brown, the "legend" of America and a brilliant singer (USA)
  • Al Di Meola, guitarist, "the first guitar of the world" (USA)
  • Michael Mitchell, vice president of Motown Records (USA)
  • Michelle Peacock, vice president of Capital Recording (USA)
  • Tony Ferguson, Vice President of Interscope Records (USA)
  • Oleg Lundstrem (Russia) - conductor, head of the world's only orchestra which name is listed in the Guinness Book of Records
  • Professor Igor Bril, People's Artist of Russia, jazz pianist (Russia)
  • Daniil Kramer, jazz pianist, professor (Russia)
  • Bruce Walker, General Director of MoJAZZ Records (USA)
  • John F. Baxter, composer and musician (Great Britain)
  • Jeorge Leitner, producer (Austria)
  • Anita Bennett, head of special projects of the channel "PBS" (USA).

Prize winners of «Crystal Note-97»

Children's International Music Award are

  • 1st prize winner in the nomination of «vocal» - Kareema M. Castro (USA)
  • 1st prize winner in the nomination of «vocal» - Katharina Cue (USA)
  • 2nd prize winner in the nomination of «vocal»- Evgeny Zaimulin (Russia)
  • 3rd prize winner in the nomination of «vocal» - Christina Sarasolla (USA)
  • 3rd prize winner in the nomination of «saxophone» - Maayan Smith (Israel)
  • Grand Prix Winner in the nomination of «piano» - Anton Sevidov (Russia)
  • The Winner of a Special Prize of Artistic Achievement Foundation - Alison Ellul (Malta)


Prize winners of "Crystal Note-97"