An interesting vote has been posted on www.forumklassika.ru, Russia's most popular classical discussion site:http://www.forumklassika.ru/showthread.php?t=6783
The blog is called "violinists of today", and very clearly shows how musical preferances differ in Russia from those in the US. The names of the violinists and number and percentage of votes given to them are following:
Itzhak Perlman : 26 votes (13.98%)
Pinchas Zukerman: 1 vote ( 0.54%)
Gidon Kremer: 29 votes (15.59%)
Anne-Sophie Mutter: 13 votes (6.99%)
Vadim Repin: 38 votes (20.43%)
Maxim Vengerov: 32 votes (17.20%)
Viktor Tretyakov: 35 votes (18.82)
Hilary Hahn: 3 votes (1.61)
Sergei Stadler: 1 vote (0.54)
Viktoria Mullova: 8 votes (4.30)
Although this vote represents opinion of a small group of people, one can notice that the number of votes in some cases is not connected with the popularity of those musicians in Russia, but rather with how people in Russia value those violinists themselfs. A clear evidence for that are examples of Sergei Stadler (who in Russia is not less popular than Repin, Tretyakov or Vengerov) and Pinchas Zukerman, who is definitely not less prominent than Perlman for people on that forum, who are mostly music students or music fans.
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