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Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky, the Russian music composer, born on June 17, 1882, arrived on the shores of Lake Geneva for health reasons.

Musician, composer and conductor Igor Stravinsky and his family have been living in Montreux since 1910. He sought the microclimate so favourable to Madame's health and stayed in Montreux/Clarens and then settled in Morges from 1915 to the end of the First World War.

It was in Montreux in 1912 that Igor Stravinsky wrote the Rite of Spring during his long walks along Lake Geneva, which inspired Petrouchka's composition. At that time, the social station of Montreux attracted many composers and musicians such as Maurice Ravel and Ernest Ansermet, director of the Kursaal Orchestra. He promoted Stravinsky's work and introduced it to Jean Cocteau, André Gide and Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, with whom he wrote L'histoire du Soldat in 1918.

He died on April 6, 1971.

The auditorium of the Congress Centre, which hosts the Montreux Jazz Festival every year, has been named "Stravinsky Auditorium" in memory of the illustrious resident.

Nikolai Kuznetsov and Natalie Plouromskoya, Russian sculptors, created this sculpture, which is a gift from Russia to Montreux, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Switzerland-Russia relations.

It was inaugurated on October 25, 2014.

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