Moscow, Russia | July, 2015 – One of the world’s oldest and most prestigious music institutions, Russia’s Gnessen Academy of Music was formed in 1946. Its roots run even deeper, with the original Gnessen Institute founded in February of 1895. The school counts among its alumni some of the world’s most famed musicians, composers, producers, and conductors, including legendary artists like Boris Berezovsky, Aram Khachaturan, Alla Pavlova, and t.A.T.u.’s Julia Volkova.
The Gnessen Academy recently completed construction on a new performance venue. Professional audio/video integrators Avallon were called in to design and install audio and video systems for the intimate 150-seat venue, including state-of-the-art recording facilities and a high-performance sound system featuring left and right Renkus-Heinz IC2 digitally steerable line arrays, each paired with IC212S-FR subwoofers.
“The Renkus-Heinz IC2 system was the ideal choice for this venue,” explains Avallon’s Sergey Vashchenko. “Because of the hall’s low ceiling, hanging a line array would have been impractical. With the ICONYX steered beam technology, we were able to ground stack the system at the sides of the stage and still aim and focus the sound precisely on the audience, minimizing reflections from the walls and other surfaces.”
Avallon reports that the school’s faculty and students have been exceptionally pleased with the new system. “The IC2 system delivers excellent, full-range performance with more than enough power,” says Vashchenko.