Just in: Moscow is warned next Tchaikovsky Competition might not happen

The Rector of the Moscow Conservatory, Alexander Sokolov, says next summer’s Tchaikovsky Competition might not take place, due to planning delays.

No date has yet been announced for the contest, application deadlines have not been set and no juries have been assembled. 

What’s more, the plan to include a competition for wind instruments is held to be non-viable.

Read here.


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  • Norman, get your facts straight. On their website, it clearly says exactly when it will be held in June. And there are, though controversial, pdf files for the rules.

  • Well I have a friend who has been invited to judge and is on a jury. He showed me the email several weeks ago. This is Russia. It will come together. Quit making a mountain out of a molehill.

  • Google translate of the Russian article:

    December 10, 2018 in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. P. I. Tchaikovsky held a general meeting of the creative team of the university.

    According to eyewitnesses, during this event, the rector of the Moscow Conservatory, Alexander Sokolov, among other things, shared his concerns about the state of preparation of the XVI International Competition. P. I. Tchaikovsky.

    The next International Tchaikovsky Competition is to take place in June 2019. This musical competition is held in four specialties: piano, violin, cello and vocal.

    Since 2011, the competition has been held in Moscow and St. Petersburg. At the XVI International Competition. Tchaikovsky for the first time will begin to compete with each other performers on wind instruments.

    According to the Rector of the Moscow Conservatory Alexander Sokolov, such a delay in the preparation of the Competition. Tchaikovsky, as this year, has never happened, although the budget for the main Russian music competition has been allocated in full.

    Only half a year remains before the competition (according to rumors, it will be held in the second half of June – the exact dates have not yet been announced), but to date, the deadlines for submitting applications have not been determined, the jury has not been named by specialty, and the venues are not known, except for one : listening to pianists, according to tradition, is supposed to be held in the UPC.

    The co-chairs of the Organizing Committee of the Tchaikovsky Competition are the Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Olga Golodets and the artistic director and director of the Mariinsky Theater Valery Gergiev.

  • My fly on the Russian wall told me – in an encoded message delivered by two pigeons – that the real reason is that the Kremlin has discovered that the composer entertained a certain type of very private life-style the president wholeheartedly disapproves of. ‘Truly patriottic Russians don’t do such things’, the president has been heard saying on reading a damning report.

  • Nowhere in the linked article does it say “the plan to include a competition for wind instruments is held to be non-viable.”

  • Actually, according to the Tchaik Competition website http://tchaikovskycompetition.com/en/

    the dates are June 17 – 29, 2019, the application deadline is Feb. 1, 2019, and the rules for the new instrument catagories – 4 winds (fl, ob, clar, bsn.) and 4 brass (horn, tpt., tbone, tuba) have been established.

    Juries have been assembled because many of us know people who will be on these juries who are helping to spread news of the Competition.

    Here are the rules in pdf in English from the Tchaik Competition website. http://tchaikovskycompetition.com/files/contest_eng.pdf

  • Attention: Application submission has been extended to April 5th!

    do the MATH …. after prelim judging and notification, etc etc …. that will leave 6 WEEKS TO PREPARE

    ohhh … and CHINA COMP ……. USD150,000 1st prize … $150,000

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