Gergiev cleans up the Tchaikovsky act (hmm, let's wait and see)

Gergiev cleans up the Tchaikovsky act (hmm, let's wait and see)


norman lebrecht

March 08, 2011

Valery Gergiev has announced the line-up for this summer’s Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, a event dogged in the past by Soviet corruption and, in more recent times, by mediocrity.

Candidates this time have been chosen by independent international jurors. Several are already out on the world stage, among them the pianists Daniil Trifonov (Russia) and Boris Giltburg (Israel), and the winners of various other competitions. Here’s the piano jury at work.

And this is David Geringas, checking out the cellos.
Whether Gergiev has the presence and the will to root out the usual dealings and shenanigans in the Moscow contest remains to be seen. The Tchaikovsky ought to be a world leader. It has not been so for decades.
Press release follows.

Tchaikovsky Competition

musicians from 29 countries to compete in four categories

Petersburg June 14-July 2, 2011

– 30 pianists, 27 violinists, 25 cellists, 20 female singers and 20
male singers will compete in this year’s International
Tchaikovsky Competition
, to take place between June 14th and July 2nd in
Moscow and St Petersburg under the chairmanship of Valery Gergiev. The
musicians, aged between 16 and 32, come from 29 countries, and were selected by
the distinguished judging panels from the 583 entrants who made an initial
submission of a recital on DVD (50 minutes for instrumentalists, 20 minutes for
singers). For this year’s landmark competition, revised procedures have been
introduced for voting and online applications, as has a new set of rules and

The exceptional standard of the competitors – aspiring to a
share of the 300,000 Euro prize money and the assurance of prestigious
engagements in Europe, the USA and Asia – becomes clear from their track record
to date.

Among them are laureates of such competitions as the:

Tchaikovsky, Busoni, Chopin, Cliburn, Dublin, Queen Elisabeth, Hamamatsu,
Horowitz, Iturbi, Leeds, Long-Thibaud, Paderewski, Rachmaninoff,
VIOLIN ARD, Heifetz, Menuhin, Oistrakh, Paganini,
Sarasate, Varga, Wieniawski;
CELLO Beijing, Brahms, Cassado, Davidov,
Janigro, Johansen, Lutoslawski, Mravinsky, Penderecki, Rostropovich,
VOICE Callas, Glinka, Houston Grand Opera, Metropolitan
National Council, Montreal, Obraztsova, Rimsky-Korsakov,

They have performed with conductors such as Ashkenazy,
Conlon, Fedoseev, Gilbert, Neeme Järvi, Maazel, Pletnev, Rostropovich, Michael
Sanderling, Simonov, Sinaisky and Spivakov, with orchestras such as the Bavarian
Radio Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsche Symphony Orchestra, Moscow
Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Saint
Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic and Vienna Radio Symphony, and in
venues such as Carnegie Hall, Washington Kennedy Center, Barbican, Royal Albert
Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin
Philharmonie, Brussels Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris Auditorium du Louvre, la
Fenice Venice, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Oslo Opera, Teatro Municipal de
Santiago de Chile, Tokyo Opera City and Shanghai Concert Hall.

I was
extremely pleased to learn from our screening jurors how excited they were to
have heard the many wonderful talents they have selected to participate in the
,” says Competition Chairman Valery Gergiev. “They achieved
remarkable consensus in their choice of the most outstanding

This view was reflected by David Geringas, who chaired
the screening jury for the cellists: “I believe that our jury was able to
identify 25 musicians of a very high artistic level. I’m looking forward to
June, when they will play, and we can expect a thrilling competition in

Prize dates
Among the engagements awaiting the
winners of the XIV International
Tchaikovsky Competition
are: concerts conducted by Valery Gergiev – with the
London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican (September 2011) and on a visit to the
Vienna Konzerthaus (May 2012), and with the Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
(October 2011) and in Baden-Baden (September/October 2011) – and further dates
in Paris at Salle Pleyel (January 2012), in Bonn at the Beethovenfest (September
2011), in Austria at Grafenegg (June 2012), and a tour of the Netherlands
(October 2011) with Het Gelders Orkest and Nikolai Alexeev, including the
Concertgebouw; in Italy, concerts in Milan with the Verdi Orchestra (Autumn
2011), in Florence with the Maggio Musicale (January 2012), and recital
appearances around the country in the 2011/12 season); in Poland, appearances at
the Chopin Festival (August 2011) and the Warsaw Beethoven Festival (April
2012). Russian engagements are scheduled for Autumn 2011 with the Russian
National Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev (September), the Saint-Petersburg
Academic Symphony Orchestra (October) and the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia
(November). Dates are also scheduled for Jerusalem (2011), Istanbul (2012) and
Athens (2012/13). In Japan, there will be a gala concert at Suntory Hall in
Tokyo (September 2011) and recital tours around the country (Spring 2012), while
US plans include orchestral dates and appearances in a number of major recital
series in 2011/12, among them the La Jolla Music Society and the Houston Society
for the Performing Arts (both February 2012).


• Arseny Aristov (Russia)
• Evgeny
Brakhman (Russia)
• Yulia Chaplina (Russia)
• Yunjie Chen (China)

Seong Jin Cho (South Korea)
• Sara Daneshpour (USA)
• Andrey Dubov
• Boris Giltburg (Israel)
• Georgy Gromov (Russia)
• Ching-Yun
Hu (Taiwan)
• Shinnosuke Inugai (Japan)
• Stanislav Khristenko
• Dinara Klinton (Russia)
• Pavel Kolesnikov (Russia)

Jianing Kong (China)
• Filipp Kopachevskiy (Russia)
• Eduard Kunz
• Alexander Lubyantsev (Russia)
• Mamikon Nakhapetov
• Jong-Hai Park (South Korea)
• François-Xavier Poizat
• Alexander Romanovsky (Ukraine)
• Ekaterina Rybina (Russia)

• Timur Scherbakov (Belarus)
• Alexander Sinchuk (Russia)
• Yeol Eum
Son (South Korea)
• Maria Tretyakova (Russia)
• Daniil Trifonov
• Andrew Tyson (USA)
• Lukas Vondrá?ek (Czech Republic)


Christopher Tun Andersen (Norway)
• Nigel Armstrong (USA)
• Hrachya
Avanesyan (Armenia)
• Andrey Baranov (Russia)
• Sergey Dogadin
• Yoo Jin Jang (South Korea)
• Dalibor Karvay (Slovakia)

Fabiola Kim (USA)
• Mayu Kishima (Japan)
• Tessa Lark (USA)
• Jehye Lee
(South Korea)
• Marisol Lee (South Korea)
• Sergey Malov (Russia)

Albrecht Menzel (Germany)
• Pavel Milyukov (Russia)
• Ivan Pochekin
• Aylen Pritchin (Russia)
• Fedor Roudine (France)
• Oleksii
Semenenko (Ukraine)
• Elena Semenova (Russia)
• Eric Silberger (USA)

Lev Solodovnikov (Russia)
• Yu-Chien Tseng (Taiwan)
• Julia Turnovsky
• Xiang Yu (China)
• Nancy Zhou (USA)
• Itamar Zorman


Narek Akhnazaryan (Armenia)
• Norbert Anger (Germany)
• Paolo Bonomini
• Attilia Kiyoko Cernitori (Italy)
• Jacqueline Choi (USA)

Umberto Clerici (Italy)
• David Eggert (Austria)
• Hans Kristian Goldstein
• Woo Lee Jang (South Korea)
• Seung Min Kang (South Korea)

Ivan Karizna (Belarus)
• Jakob Koranyi (Sweden)
• Ruodi Li (China)

Anna Maria Litvinenko (USA)
• Bingxia Lu (China)
• Edgar Moreau
• Samuli Vilhelmi Peltonen (Finland)
• Valentin Radutiu
• Alexander Ramm (Russia)
• David Joshua Roman (USA)
• Janina
Ruh (Germany)
• Stéphane Tetreault (Canada)
• Matthew Zalkind (USA)

Alexey Zhilin (Russia)
• Xian Zhuo (China)


Maria Bayankina (Russia)
• Oksana Davydenko (Kazakhstan)
• Aude Extremo
• Ekaterina Ferzba (Russia)
• Gelena Gaskarova (Russia)

Maria Gorelova (Russia)
• Elena Guseva (Russia)
• Alfiya Karimova
• Veronika Koval (Ukraine)
• Nadine Koutcher (Belarus)

Alexandra Martynova (Russia)
• Evgeniya Morozova (Russia)
• Angelina
Nikitchenko (Russia)
• Yannick-Muriel Noah (Canada)
• Olga Pudova
• Julia Savrasova (Russia)
• Sun Young Seo (South Korea)

Elena Terentyeva (Russia)
• Jung Nan Yoon (South Korea)
• Jing Zheng


Migran Agadjanyan (Russia)
• Vadim Chernigovsky (Ukraine)
• Enkhtaivan
Chimed (Mongolia)
• Dmitry Demidchik (Belarus)
• Amartuvshin Enkhbat
• Mikhail Geine (Russia)
• Andriy Goniukov (Ukraine)

Gevorg Grigoryan (Russia)
• Byambajav Jargalsaikhan (Mongolia)
• Mikhail
Korobeinikov (Russia)
• Viktor Korotich (Ukraine)
• Jong Min Park (South
• Boris Pinkhasovich (Russia)
• Victor Ryauzov (Russia)
• Artem
Safronov (Latvia)
• Nikolay Shamov (Russia)
• Konstantin Shushakov
• Grigory Somov (Russia)
• Alexey Tatarintsev (Russia)

Azamat Zheltyrguzov (Kazakhstan)

further information please contact:
Simon Millward 020
3077 4940
Samantha Holderness
020 3077 4943


the International
Tchaikovsky Competition

more than 50 years, the International
Tchaikovsky Competition
has been regarded internationally as one of the
major events in the global music community and as an outstanding opportunity for
extraordinary young musicians to gain international recognition and establish
their careers. In Russia, the event is considered one of the country’s most
valuable cultural assets.

Tchaikovsky Competition
is held once every four years. The first, in 1958,
embraced two disciplines – piano and violin. In 1962, a cello category was
added, and the vocal division (with separate prizes for men and women) was
introduced at the third competition in 1966.

the competition winners who have achieved worldwide recognition are: pianists
Van Cliburn, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mikhail Pletnev and Grigory Sokolov; violinists
Gidon Kremer, Vladimir Spivakov, Viktoria Mullova; cellists Antonio Meneses,
Natalia Gutman and Mario Brunello; and singers Evgeny Nesterenko, Paata
Burchuladze, Elena Obraztsova and Deborah Voigt.

the competition chairmanship of such figures as Dmitri Shostakovich, Emil Gilels
and Mstislav Rostropovich, past juries have included such legendary names as
Sviatoslav Richter, Aram Khachaturian, David Oistrakh, Gregor Piatigorsky,
Heinrich Neuhaus, Nadia Boulanger, Krzysztof Penderecki, Dmitri Kabalevsky,
Irina Arkhipova, George London, Lev Oborin, Pierre Fournier, Maria Callas,
Leonard Rose, Eugene List, Georgy Svirdov, Mario Del Monaco, Leonid Kogan, Carlo
Zecchi, Joseph Szigeti, Fiorenza Cossotto, Natalia Gutman, Shlomo Mintz, Bidu
Sayao and Magda Tagliaferro.

The XIV International
Tchaikovsky Competition
, 2011

Chairman of the 2011 Organising Committee is conductor Valery Gergiev, one of
the most celebrated and influential musicians in the world today.

Russian orchestras are invited to perform with the finalists in the last round
of the competition. In 2011, for the first time, the competition will be
presented simultaneously at a number of halls in both Moscow and St Petersburg.
Moscow will host the piano and cello competitions, while St. Petersburg will
present the violin and vocal competitions.

members in 2011 include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Barry Douglas, Nelson Freire,
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Maxim Vengerov, Antonio Meneses, Teresa Berganza, Renata
Scotto, Ferruccio Furlanetto and Krzysztof Penderecki. Van Cliburn is Honorary
Chairman of the Piano Competition; Honorary Chairman of the Vocal Competition is
Plácido Domingo. For the complete list of jury members, please visit the
Tchaikovsky website

total fund of prize money for the XIV International
Tchaikovsky Competition
– which is being run in accordance with new sets of
rules, regulations and procedures for application and voting – is approximately
300,000 Euros. In addition, the XIV International
Tchaikovsky Competition
will collaborate with three major artist management
agencies in Russia, the US and the UK to organise concert engagements over three
years for prizewinners, to include performances with Valery Gergiev.


  • Eduardo Monteiro says:

    Good. It’s general clean up time.

  • Laurence Glavin says:

    Aude Extremo gets my vote on the basis of her name alone.