The message reads:
Dear Mr Gergiyev,
Please accept my warmest wishes on your 60th birthday.
You are known all over the world as an outstanding conductor, a patron of the arts and the leader of the legendary Mariinsky Theatre. You performances on famous stages and your cooperation with leading symphony orchestras invariably become triumphs of the Russian school of performance.
A man of great creative energy, you are the initiator of charity and educational projects, and you do a great deal to support young people. Your desire to help people deserves the deepest respect.
I wish you new success, inspiration and all the best.
My wife joins me in congratulating you.