The jury’s members of the XVII International Tchaikovsky Competition made a visit to the composer’s Museum-Reserve in Klin


The guests featured Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Victor Eresko, Maxim Mogilevsky, Kobayashi Hideko, Shi Kun Liu, Justus Frantz and Liu Zhiyong.

The visit’s program included a tour around the memorial house of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and planting a bush of lilacs in the park of the Museum-Reserve. As tradition goes, the memorial grand piano of the composer was uncurtained for everyone willing to perform favorite musical compositions.

“The pilgrimage to Klin, into Tchaikovsky’s house, is one of the strongest traditions of the competition named after the great Russian composer,” says Ada Einbinder, the head of the department of manuscripts and printed sources of the Tchaikovsky State Museum-Reserve, the custodian of Tchaikovsky’s heritage. – And this time again, the members of the violin and piano juries paid a visit to the Tchaikovsky Museum-Reserve. The guests attended the memorial house itself, where the composer lived the last year and a half of his life, they also visited the exhibition “Tchaikovsky. Symphony. Life.” A touching moment was the improvised concert by the jury’s members, Shi Kun Liu, a Chinese pianist and laureate of the I Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958, Victor Eresko, laureate of the III Tchaikovsky Competition, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, laureate of the VII Tchaikovsky Competition, and Maxim Mogilevsky, who were granted the possibility to touch the grand piano. The jury’s members and guests planted a lilac bush in the park of the Tchaikovsky Museum-Reserve. This tradition dates back to the year of 1985, when the famous American conductor Leopold Stokowski, a guest of the I Tchaikovsky Competition, planted an oak tree “from musicians around the world” in the park of the Tchaikovsky Museum-Reserve.

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