Mongolian singer leaves Tchaikovsky Competition with $100,000

Mongolian singer leaves Tchaikovsky Competition with $100,000


norman lebrecht

July 04, 2015

The Grand Prix at the Tchaikovsky Competition – a record $100,000 – was awarded to the winner of the male vocal section, the Mongolian baritone Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar.

Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar

The decision confirms public disenchantment with the results of the instrumental juries


  • Jeffrey Levenson says:

    Seems like an Asian shut out in Piano (Li) and Cello (Kang). They each deserved gold IMO.

  • Martin says:

    It doesn’t confirm anything else but that this guy is a star in the making. A well deserved price!

    Watch his performances, watch how he received his medal, watch him on Youtube, Commanding stage presence, sympathetic, great voice, good looking too.

    He even more so than Masleev put Ulan-Ude on the map.

    • Olaugh Turchev says:

      Absolutely he was my favorite of all competitors.

    • Jon says:

      Why Ulan-Ude??!

      • Martin says:

        Why Ulan-Ude?

        Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar is a member of Ulan-Ude’s opera house* cast, Masleev was born in that city.

        To be very honest I have never heard of that place before this competition. It is in Eastern Siberia close to the Mongolian border.

        * Buryat State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater

        A review on trip adviser reads:

        “Soviet era landmark”
        5 of 5 stars
        Reviewed June 18, 2015
        We watched a show in this theater, but what was striking is that the theater has maintained the architectural and decorative style of the Soviet period. While some are fighting against the symbols of the epoch gone, here the reconstructors and renovators preserved everything the way it was in the 60-s when the theater was built. Highly recommend to visit this unusual for our time place. Thank you guys!
        Visited June 2015

    • Philip Amos says:

      Well said, Martin. My own opinions re the results of the instrumental competitions notwithstanding, the fact that the Grand Prix went to a vocal winner hardly stands as proof that the winners of the instrumental categories were sub-par. Whether we think they were or not, the last line of the post is simply a leap of logic over an abyss.

  • Rosana Martins says:

    I rather expected it, since I didn’t agree with the instrumental juries. He has a beautiful voice and good stage presence. I’m sure he will have many opportunities in the future.

  • Andrey Boreyko says:

    It was not Grand Prix, but Firsts Prize. And Clara Yumi Kang play violin , not cello. Well…at least by Tchaikovsky competition ! 😉

  • Mike Z. says:

    “confirms public disenchantment with instrumental juries” Masleev perhaps, but Ionita? I’ve heard no backlash over that decision.

  • Damian says:

    And besides Clara Yumi Kang was born in Germany to German and Korean parents.