• Most Respected Classical Music Platform
  • #classicalForever
(Photo credit: Russia Posts)

Rimsky-Korsakov Museum Destroyed by Fire

Over 1,000 artifacts were lost in the blaze, which may have broken out because of the actions of negligent builders


On July 2, a devastating fire broke out at the Rimsky-Korsakov Estate in Russia's Pskov region. It is alleged that the fire broke out while builders were carrying out work on the roof of the house, using a risky technique that employs open flames. The builders in question are now having their practices scrutinized by the Pskov Investigative Committee.

At the center of the estate is Rimsky-Korsakov's house, which contains several thousand artifacts and until now served as a museum. The Russian composer purchased the house towards the end of his life, with the intention of passing it on to his children, and it was also the location of his death in 1908.

While about half the museum's artifacts could be saved from the blaze, at least 1,000 objects such as books, scores, and furniture were destroyed by the flames.

"[The Rimsky-Korsakov museum] is an object of cultural heritage and federal significance," wrote local governor Mikhail Vederniko on social media.

"Together with our colleagues from the Government," he continued, "we will do our best to restore the estate."

"I am already collecting and analyzing the statements of the responsible employees," said Svetlana Melnikova, the museum's General Director.

"The situation is dire, we are carefully examining all the details and providing the necessary assistance to the investigation. I am confident that those responsible for this incident will be punished."

upcoming events

september 2023

21sepAll Day03octKronberg Academy Festival(All Day) Kronberg Academy, Beethovenpl. 1, 61476 Kronberg im Taunus, GermanyEvent Type :OtherFOLLOW

26sepAll Day30Trondheim International Piano Trio Competition(All Day) Frimurerlogen i Trondhjem Selskapslokaler, Kongens gate 3, 7011 Trondheim, NorwayEvent Type :competitions Event TagsTrondheim International Chamber Music CompetitionFOLLOW

october 2023

16octAll Day27"Premio Paganini" International Violin Competition(All Day) Teatro Carlo Felice, Passo Eugenio Montale, 4, 16121 Genova GE, ItalyEvent Type :competitions Event Tags"Premio Paganini" International Violin Competition,violin competitionFOLLOW

20oct1:00 pm5:00 pmLillian & Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls RdEvent Type :competitions Event TagsLillian & Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach CompetitionFOLLOW

23octAll Day29Concours de Genève International Music Competition — String Quartet(All Day) Victoria Hall, Rue du Général-Dufour 14, 1204 Genève, SwitzerlandEvent Type :competitions Event TagsConcours de Genève,string quartetFOLLOW

28octAll Day05novISANGYUN International Piano Competition(All Day) Tongyeon Concert Hall, 38, Keunbalgae 1-Gil Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, 53079 South KoreaEvent Type :competitions Event TagsIsangYun International Piano Competition,Piano CompetitionFOLLOW


Get ALL our latest conveniently by EMAIL

Our newsletter is trusted by over 100,000+ industry professionals around the world

We deliver news straight to your inbox and will never share your data.
You'll never miss a beat!

click left click right