Ohio State is getting a new music building.
After a $17 million gift from the charity foundation belonging to alumnus Ratmir Timashev and his family, Ohio State is able to build a much-needed new music building.
The building – which will be named the Timashev Family Music Building in recognition of the family's generosity – will presumably replace the current Hughes Hall, which was built in 1946 and is notoriously one of the most dated, renovation-ready buildings on campus.
The Timashev Family Music Building will be among the most acoustically and technologically advanced facilities in the nation and will be equipped with modern performance and practice spaces as well as venues with the capacity to host world-class performers, visiting faculty and free community-wide performances, according to Ohio State.
“I will always be grateful for the opportunity Ohio State gave me to come over as a graduate student, which defined my career and life,” Timashev said in a release. “It is my privilege and honor to support Ohio State and its students, who all were given that same great opportunity to become a Buckeye.”
Timashev's contribution – the largest in the college's history – will also support the renovation of Celeste Laboratory of Chemistry and create endowed scholarships for Arts and Sciences students.