Opening concert of the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians is available to view at the official website of the competition www.en.tchaikovsky-competition.net. Online auditions for the first and second rounds of the competition will be held from October 23 to November 1, 2022. Place and time of the live auditions of the third (final) round will be announced additionally.
Over its 30-year history, the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians has been held in 6 countries (Russia, Kazakhstan, Japan, China, South Korea, Japan, Switzerland) and 9 cities (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Astana, Sapporo, Sendai, Xiamen, Suwon, Montreux). Initially, the 11th competition was scheduled to be held in the traditional format of live auditions in 2020 in Chengdu (China), however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the dates of the contest were changed several times. Due to the fact that China is still subject to strict quarantine restrictions, Administration of the competition decided to hold the first two rounds of the competition in the format of online auditions. The third round will be held in the format traditional for the competition of live face-to-face auditions, accompanied by a symphony orchestra.
This year, 128 musicians from 14 countries (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Turkey, Italy, Lithuania, Sweden, USA) will participate in 3 nominations (piano, violin, cello). Their performances will be evaluated by a competent international jury consisting of more than 30 outstanding teachers and figures of musical culture from 12 countries (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China, Japan, South Korea, Hungary, Finland, Estonia, Great Britain, Spain), including the rector of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory Alexander Sokolov, rector of the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory Alexei Vasiliev, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation Sergei Roldugin, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation Yuri Slesarev, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation Igor Gavrysh, People’s Artist of the USSR Viktor Tretyakov, winner of the VIII International Tchaikovsky Competition Kirill Rodin, laureate of the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition Freddy Kempf, winner of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition Dmitry Masleev and others. Traditionally, the winners of the Tchaikovsky Youth Competition formed an international youth jury, which will include the winners of the International Tchaikovsky Competition of previous years: Anastasia Ushakova (2015, cello, Russia), Eugene Kawai (2017, violin, Japan), Suah Ye (2015, piano, Republic of Korea).
Director General of the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians Ivan Scherbak said: “Although this time the first two rounds of the competition will be held in an unusual format for all of us, amazing artistic level of our participants, participation of an authoritative international jury, as well as the atmosphere of solidarity and friendship will remain unchanged. We are deeply grateful to the participants, their parents, teachers, jury members and partners of the competition for understanding, supporting the competition and the ideals of diversity, transparency, dialogue of cultures, peace and prosperity, for which the Tchaikovsky Youth Competition has always stood and will stand”.
The competition is held by the Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and the State Tchaikovsky Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve.
International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, first held in Moscow in 1992 and celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022, is the world’s largest professional competition for young academic musicians. More than 1,500 young musicians from 36 countries took part in ten past competitions. The competition is held by the Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars – the oldest public non-profit organization in Russia.