The XVII International Tchaikovsky Competition

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I am extending my most profound appreciation to Valery Abisalovich's team and to each participant who chose the memory of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky over the trials they encountered on their journey to Moscow and St. Petersburg. This award will be your constant companion, a symbol of your achievement that will resonate at every performance, on every stage, for you are now laureates of the Tchaikovsky competition.
I salute your perseverance, your courage, and your triumph. With us, these two memorable weeks were witnessed by an astounding 50 million people from 102 countries, all tuning in online! This, indeed, is the pinnacle of our journey, a victory that we share together.

Olga Lyubimova

Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation
Olga Lyubimova
This competition is of supreme importance. Its profound impact is challenging, if not altogether impossible, to overestimate. Here, we have awarded laureates from Russia and the United States, Russia and South Korea, Russia and the United Kingdom, Russia and France. Russia opens its arms to the most brilliant young musicians. It demonstrates the extraordinary, I would venture to say, invincible power of music. Hence, it is impossible to tailor music to any particular process.

Our audience and jury members are international. And all of them are fervent admirers of the works of Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev. This mutual admiration brings us together; we do not seek ways to differentiate ourselves from others. On the contrary, we always coexist in one shared, inseparable space.

Valery Gergiev

Co-Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the XVII International Tchaikovsky Competition
Valery Gergiev

About the competition

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 categories – 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 category 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 reached its 60th anniversary. 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.

The main purpose of the musical competition is revealing new talent

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 XVII International Tchaikovsky Competition was held in Moscow and St. Petersburg from June 19 to July 1, 2023.