The 11th Tchaikovsky Youth Competition will be held on April 17-28, 2021


The organizing Committee of the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians regrets to inform you that the dates of the Competition have been changed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Previously, the competition was already been postponed from April to November 2020, but due to the incomplete resumption of international air traffic, it was decided to postpone the dates to 17-28 April 2021. Acceptance of applications for participation in the competition has been extended until February 15, 2021. Musicians who have applied for participation in the competition but not able to participate due to exceeding the age limit, will be invited to participate in the International Tchaikovsky Festival for Young Musicians, and they will also be refunded their entrance fees in full.

General Director of the contest Ivan Shcherbak commented on the current situation: “As we said earlier, the health and safety of young participants, their relatives and teachers is of primary importance to us. After difficult negotiations with representatives of the Chengdu city administration, the Sichuan Conservatory and our partners from the Chai Yin company, we made a joint decision to postpone the competition to April next year.”


Currently, more than 300 young musicians from 21 countries have applied to participate in the competition in China. According to the competition rules, no more than 60 participants in each specialty will be allowed to participate in the competition. By September 10, 2020, the Organizing Committee will contact all musicians who have already submitted applications to participate in the competition to clarify the possibility of their participation in the new dates.

The international Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians is the world’s largest professional competition for young academic musicians. Since 1990, the competition has been held 10 times in cities of Russia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Japan, Korea and China. The XI international Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians is organized by the Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars and the Sichuan cultural company “Chai Yin” with the support of the government of Chengdu, the Moscow state Conservatory and the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music. The Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars is the oldest public non-profit organization in Russia, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020.