The Lipetsk region was established in 1954 by merging some districts of the adjacent regions, namely, Voronezh, Kursk, Orel, Tambov, Tula, Ryazan. The region is situated in the heart of the Eastern-European plain.
The nature is magnificent: shadowy groves, lengthy woods, fields, water-meadows. Some 300 rivers flow in the region.
The region is rich in flora and fauna-there are nearly 1200 plants and more than 350 animal species. There are two animal reserves and a series of specially protected territories.
In the beginning of the XVIII century according to the decree of Peter I they started building iron-producing works. By 1707 Lipetsk was the Russia's second largest cast iron producing town.
It was iron ore, oak-tree groves, ship timber, the big rivers Voronezh, Matyra, Don that had predetermined a special role Lipetsk had to play in strengthening the Russian Navy.
In the end of the XVIII and at the beginning of the XIX century medicinal mineral waters and slimes were found. In 1803 one of the first spas in Russia was opened in Lipetsk. Since then Lipetsk has become famous as a spa and a center of metallurgy.
Today the city of Lipetsk is a big industrial and cultural center. Its population is over 500 thousand people. There are over 250 factories in the city. To name some of the largest ones, the Novolipetsk metallurgical works plc, the privately owned refrigerator-producing plant Stinol, the cast iron producing plant Svobodnyi Sokol, the pipe-,cement-producing plants, etc.
City dwellers are being entertained by the State Academic Drama Theatre named after L.N.Tolstoy, the municipal theatre, the puppet theatre, the philarmony. In the city there are 13 children's music and fine arts schools and the regional special fine arts school for exceptionally gifted children. There are the exhibition hall, several museums, the municipal symphony and wind instrument orchestras, the chamber chorus, the regional performing arts college named after K.N.Igumnov. Over 30 thousand students study at numerous institutions, universities and colleges.
The Russian state has benefited greatly from celebrities who come from the Lipetsk region: writers M.Prishvin, I.Bunin, A.Levitov; composers S.Vasilenko, T.Khrennikov; painters V.Meshkov, N.Ulyanov, I.Kosmin, V.Sorokin.
Representatives of the gentry served mother country most valiantly. Noblemen brothers admirals Senyavins', generals Yu.Dolgorukyi's and F.Apraksin's, A.Menshikov's estates are situated in the Lipetsk region.
The town of Lebedyan is the birth-place of the pianist Konstantin Nickolaevich Igumnov. It is the Lebedyan about which L.N.Tolstoy and I.S.Turgenev wrote. It is there that the Russian writer E. Zamyatin was born and M.Bulgakov wrote "The Master and Margarite".
In 1993,1995,1999 and 2001 the Lipetsk region hosted festivals and contests of young pianists named after K.N.Igumnov.
Festival concerts were held in Lipetsk, Lebedyan, Elets, Zadonsk.
130 years passed since the day when a boy, predestined to be a future founder of a world-known piano school, which would be defined as “Igumnov’s School” was born on the 1st of May, 1873, in a small provincial town Lebedyan (nowadays one of the cities of Lipetsk region) to a family of merchants. >>> biography...
Project author: Olga Khrustaleva, 1993—2004 ã.