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Alexandre Kantorow became the Grand Prix winner at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition
On June 29, 2019 Valery Gergiev, Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition, announced the name of the Grand Prix winner after the Competition Closing Gala Concert which was held at the New Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Mariinsky II) in Saint Petersburg.
The owner of the Grand Prix became Alexandre Kantorow, the First Prize winner at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition in the Piano category.
By decision of the Jury members, those were 45 participants from 19 countries: Russia, Belgium, Hungary, Venezuela, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Colombia, Mongolia, Portugal, the Republic of Korea, the USA, Uzbekistan, Finland, France, the Czech Republic and Japan. This year’s novelty was the two new nominations introduced by the Organizing Committee: Woodwind Instruments and Brass Instruments. This was done in order to develop the world school of winds and brass performance. Thus, the musicians competed in six categories for the first time. Musicians’ interest towards the Competition is traditionally growing. In 2015, 630 applications were received, and this year’s yield grew by one and a half, with 954 applications from 58 countries. 231 musicians made it to the First Round of the Competition. They were evaluated by 70 Jury members.