We are proud to announce the winners of the Russian American Person of the Year Awards as chosen by the publlic voting.
The “Russian-American Person of the Year” award is a true honor in that it is a symbol of a community’s trust and respect for the recipient. The award is a marker of not only all that the Russian-speaking American community has accomplished in the past, but of what it will continue to accomplish in the future.
Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual who has made surpassing achievements in and invaluable contributions to his or her field.
3. Ernst Neizvestny is a Russian-American sculptor, painter, graphic artist, and art philosopher. Neizvestny’s art celebrates physical beauty in its revival of High Renaissance traditions. He is the creator of the largest sculpture in the world – the Monument “Lotus Blossom” in Egypt, in addition to several other great monuments - “Mask of Sorrow” in Russia, "Monument for All the World Children" in Ukraine, “Great Centaur” in Geneva, “Tree of Life” in New York and many others.
Philanthropist of the Year is awarded to an individual who goes above and beyond in their surpassing support for arts and culture in their community.
Dr. Alex Rovt
Alex Rovt is a Ukrainian born American businessman and real estate investor who specializes in the trade and manufacture of fertilizers. Mr. Rovt now serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board at the Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and on the NYC Board of Corrections, as a Trustee of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and as a Board Member at Touro College. Mr. Rovt is known for his charitable work not only in Russian-speaking communities, but in other American communities as well.
Innovator of the Year is awarded to a person who has created a new product, service, or program in the field of technology, science, and/or engineering.
Alexander Stepanov is the primary designer and implementer of the C++ Standard Template Library. He began development on the Library in around 1992 while employed at HP Labs. Mr. Stepanov recognized the full potential for generic programming, and persuaded his then-colleagues at General Electric Research and Development (including, primarily, David Musser and Deepak Kapur) that generic programming should be pursued as a comprehensive basis for software development.
Educator of the Year is awarded to an exceptionally dedicated, exceedingly knowledgeable, and highly skilled teacher who inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.
Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev
Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev, professional ballet dancers who have performed with the Bolshoi Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre, are the founders of the most prestigious youth dance competition in the world, the Youth America Grand Prix. They are now prominent dance educators in the United States.
Performer of the Year awards an artist who merges a clear artistic vision with inspired performance.
Regina Spektor is a renowned Russian born American singer, songwriter, and pianist. Her family moved to the United States from Moscow when Ms. Spektor was nine years old. In 2014 Ms. Spektor's song "You've Got Time," made widely popular as the theme to the Netflix Original Series Orange Is The New Black, was nominated for a Grammy in the category of "Best Song Written For Visual Media." Ms. Spektor also performed at the benefit concert for HIAS, an organization committed to the protection of refugees.
Visual Artist of the Year will recognize an artist who combines creative excellence in their chosen medium with an awareness of art in community.
Mikhail Turovsky is an artist named “People’s Artist of Ukraine” by the Ukrainian government in 2008. He is the creator of the exclusive project on the Holocaust that was exhibited at the United Nations. Several of Turovsky’s works are part of major museum’s collections throughout Europe, Ukraine, and Russia, while others remain in other important collections worldwide.
Media Award recognizes an author or journalist whose outstanding work has significantly enriched their community.
Victor Topaller is a prominent television host on RTVi, author, journalist, director and producer.
Emerging Leader of the Year is awarded to a young professional who demonstrates exemplary leadership skills with a commitment to local, state or national cultural communities.
Alex Rubin is a young community leader. For the past two years, he has worked tirelessly to connect fans of famous Russian writer Sergei Dovlatov across the world. As part of that process, Rubin amassed 20,000 signatures to honor Dovlatov by renaming a New York street after him. Mr. Rubin is also an active community member well-known throughout the United States and Russia. He works closely with the Jewish Bukharian community, and is connected with the Russian Congress in the United States. His next projects will be the installation of a memorial plaque dedicated to Dovlatov, and the dedication of a new street in New York to Russian-American poet and essayist, Iosif Brodsky.