We shall do everything in our power to assure that these wonderful young musicians, who are already full-fledged artists, will have a chance over the next three or four years to perform in Russia—not only in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, but also in Russia’s regions—as well as in Europe, North America, Asia, and in a great many concert halls, theatres, and festivals. This is our commitment, we have promised it, and we will definitely make it happen.
This Competition was absolutely phenomenal by any standard. We can start with the fact that there was an online audience for the Competition of more than ten million from 186 countries. That means that nearly all of the participants, whether they won or not, became incredibly popular overnight. We can add that anyone who got to the finals has it made. I had hoped all along that this Tchaikovsky Competition would be a source of positive news about Russia, the kind of news that has been in short supply for quite some time.
The International Tchaikovsky Competition is one of the major events in the international music community. It is held once every four years.
The first, in 1958, included two disciplines – piano and violin. Beginning with the second competition, in 1962, a cello category was added, and the vocal division was introduced during the third competition in 1966. In 1990, a fifth discipline was announced for the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition – a contest for violin makers which was held before the main competition.
In 2011, the Competition was first held in two cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg. The 15th, jubilee competition was timed to the 175th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian composer.
In 2018, the International Tchaikovsky Competition is turning 60. Throughout its history, the Competition has given international fame to outstanding representatives of the performing arts of the modern era.
An artistic competition is a traditional starting point for gifted young musicians as it gives them a chance to encounter the admiration of an audience, be initiated into the worldwide professional community, and start a brilliant international career.
In Russia the Competition is considered a landmark of national musical culture. Each of its editions is one of the key events in the social and cultural life of the country.
Past editions have spawned such renowned musicians as pianists Van Cliburn, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mikhail Pletnev, Grigory Sokolov, Denis Matsuev, Daniil Trifonov; violinists Gidon Kremer, Victoria Mullova, Vladimir Spivakov, Viktor Tretiakov, Pavel Milyukov; cellists Mario Brunello, David Geringas, Natalia Gutman, Antonio Meneses and singers Vladimir Atlantov, Elena Obraztsova, Evgeny Nesterenko, Paata Burchuladze, Deborah Voigt, Yulia Matochkina, Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar.
The XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition will introduce new speciality Woodwind instruments. The competition will be held in Moscow and St. Petersburg in June 2019.