The meeting was attended by Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Valery Gergiev, General Director and Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Alexander Zhuravsky, State Secretary and Deputy Minister for Culture of the Russian Federation, Andrey Malyshev, Director of the Department of State Support for Arts and Folk Art, Alexei Shalashov, General Director of the Moscow State Academic Philharmonic, Alexei Lebedev, General Director of FGBUK Rosconcert and other members of the Organizing Committee. At the first meeting of the Organizing Committee, the key innovation was announced. This year, two new specialties will be added to the already existing specialties of the world-famous Competition of pianists, violinists, cellists and vocalists. From now on, brass and woodwind players will compete as well. Olga Golodets opened the meeting of the Organizing Committee: “... The previous 2015 Competition was held at the highest level, and a record number of applications were accepted: 630 applications from 45 countries of the world! Today, the deeply interested people have formed the Organizing Committee and gathered here to give a worthy continuation to the wonderful tradition that began in the Soviet Union in 1958”. Valery Gergiev said: “The International Tchaikovsky Competition is our sanctuary. We set simple and understandable goals to ourselves. Once again, the Competition should collect the best young talents and reveal new names that will spearhead the performing forces of their generation... After much deliberation, after the experience of holding two International Tchaikovsky Competitions, and having consulted with colleagues, I decided to include Woodwinds and Brass Instruments into the program of this Competition”.