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Ilya Glazunov, painter, People’s Artist of Russia, Rector of the St Petersburg Academy of Art

Ilya Glazunov, painter, People’s Artist of Russia, Rector of the St Petersburg Academy of Art

Throughout the many years of my friendship with Joseph, I have always marvelled, admiringly, at the human depth of his character, his staunch ideals in art and in relations with friends. But how many times, too, did I sense, behind the image of an irresistible condottiere, a vulnerability, as though of a child, which is the hallmark of a great artist. Joseph Davydovich has a quality that I must mention as it is so rare in our grim and murky times: an imperative to help thy neighbour. Nor is it just an individual neighbour but orphanages and young singers and musicians, too. It is amazing really that, a singer par excellence, he has the knowledge and skills of a politician as well as a businessman. Everyone has heard of his endeavours for the benefit of Russian culture at the State Duma. Dear Joseph, let me hug you as a brother! Thank you for all the good you have done!

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