International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians

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The International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians is the junior section of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition, and it is the largest[1] competition for junior performers. The competition was established in 1992 on the initiative of the Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars[2] and is held in the sections of piano, violin, and cello.

The first, second, and third prize winners receive special recommendation from the Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars to advance to the senior section without the preliminary procedure. Many laureates of the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians eventually became winners of the senior Tchaikovsky competition and other prestigious international musical contests.

Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn Jr., the winner of the first International Tchaikovsky Competition, was the President and the Honorary Chairman of the first Tchaikovsky Competition for young musicians. The position of the Art Director of the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians was held in different years by pianist Lev Vlasenko, violinist Viktor Tretyakov, cellist Vladislav Chernushenko and many other distinguished Russian and world’s cultural figures.[3]

The competition takes place in different countries each time, maximizing the opportunity to participate in the competition for talented young musicians of various geographic areas. It provides the opportunity to be exposed to sophisticated audiences, reputable musicians of the jury panel, and other young fellow musicians from around the world. On top of the monetary awards, the laureates are engaged in concert tours arranged by the organizing committee at the conclusion of the competition.

Previous competitions and winners[edit]

1. Moscow, Russia (1992)[edit]

June 14 – 30

The first International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians took place on the base of the Moscow Conservatory. Violin and cello auditions were held at the Small hall, and the piano auditions took place at the Grand hall of the Moscow Conservatory. The honorary chairmen were: Mikhail Pletnev (piano section), Natalia Shahovskaya (cello section), Eduard Grach and Viktor Tretyakov (violin section). The Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow conducted by Alexander Vedernikov, was invited to accompany violinists and cellists. Pianists performed with the Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Nikolai Alekseev.[3]

Prize Piano Violin Cello
Name Country Name Country Name Country
I Alexander Mogilevsky

Emily Hsieh

 Russia

 USA

Jennifer Koh  USA Daniel Müller-Schott  Germany
II Ekaterina Menshikova  Russia Alexey Nagovitsyn

Pan I Chun

 Russia

 China

Tatiana Vasilieva  Russia
III Alaxey Naibulin  Russia Larisa Shahmatova  Russia Alexander Chaushian

Claudio Bohorquez

 Armenia

 Germany

IV Marianna Gumezkaya  Ukraine Mark Komonko  Ukraine Boris Adrianov  Russia
V Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan  Russia Pavel Boev  Russia
VI

2. Sendai, Japan (1995)[edit]

August 25 – September 10

Due to high artistic and organization level, the International Tchaikovsky Competition quickly established a worldwide reputation and soon after the first contest was over, the organizing committee received a suggestion to hold the second Tchaikovsky Youth Competition in Japan. Two orchestras participated in the contest: The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Anisimov and The Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra. For the first time the piano section jury was chaired not by a Russian chairman, but by a Japanese pianist Hiroko Nakamura, Natalia Shahovskaya and Viktor Tretyakov chaired cello and violin jury once again.[3]

Prize Piano Violin Cello
Name Country Name Country Name Country
I Lang Lang  China Pyotr Kwasny  Poland Monika Leskovar  Croatia
II Ayako Uehara  Japan Saeka Matsuyama  Japan Bernard Naoki Hendeborg  Austria
III Vassily Primakov  Russia Wei Lu  China Tao Ni

Alexander Kekshoev

 China

 Russia

IV Igor Grishin  Russia David Coucheron  Norway Yoo-Jeong Lee  South Korea
V Polina Kondratkova  Russia Amy Iwazumi  USA Nikolay Gimaletdinov  Russia
VI Ekaterina Menshikova  Russia Liana Gourdjia  Russia

3. Saint-Petersburg, Russia (1997)[edit]

August 23 – September 6

The third competition was held with the support of The Saint-Petersburg Conservatory. The opening and closing ceremonies and the third round took place at the Great Hall of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory and the auditions took place at the St Petersburg State Capella. All three sections were accompanied by the St Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vladislav Chernushenko. The jury was chaired by Maxim Fedotov (violin section), composer Sergei Slonimsky (piano section) and Anatoly Nikitin (cello section).[3]

Prize Piano Violin Cello
Name Country Name Country Name Country
I Sergey Basukinsky  Russia Bui Cong Duy  Vietnam Bong Ihn Koh  South Korea
II Lisa Rah United StatesUSA Kwun Hyuk Joo

Maria Skriabina

 South Korea

 Russia

Svetlana Vladimirova

Nikolay Matveev

 Russia

 Russia

III Polina Kondratkova

Piotr Ovcharov

 Russia

 Russia

Ilya Kozlov  Russia Alexey Kisilev  Belarus
IV Dmitry Demyashkin  Russia Jacek Ropski  Poland Olga Demina  Russia
V Pavel Dombrovsky  Russia Vasiliy Filatov  Russia
VI

4. Xiamen, China (2002)[edit]

October 18 – 31

Originally, the competition was planned to be held in 2000, but due to a bird flu outbreak the IV contest was postponed to 2002. The position of the Art Director was occupied by Yin Chengzong, the winner of the II International Tchaikovsky Competition, who came up with a proposal to hold the competition in his hometown of Xiamen. The jury was chaired by Aleksey Nasedkin (piano section), Natalia Shahovskaya (cello section) and Maxim Fedotov (violin section). The Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra participated in the competition in cooperation with 30 Russian musicians, which were invited to join the orchestra during the contest. The orchestra was conducted by Zheng Xiaoying and Yury Kochnev. The first, the second and the third rounds were held at the Gulangyu Music Hall and Xiamen Art Theatre. The closing ceremony was held at the Xiamen People’s Hall.[4][3]

Prize Piano Violin Cello
Name Country Name Country Name Country
I Haochen Zhang  China Xiao-yu Yang  China Bonian Tian[5]  China
II Eun Taek Kim  South Korea Ye-Eun Choi  South Korea Seung-Min Kang  South Korea
III Eugene Andreev  Russia Elena Semenova  Russia Jia Cao  China
IV
V
VI

5. Kurashiki, Japan (2004)[edit]

March 3 – 21

In 2004 the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians returned to Japan. The opening ceremony, the first and the second Piano rounds were held at the Toko-Gakuda Hall. The first and the second violin rounds were held at the Syoutikuden Hall and cello rounds took place at the Kurashiki City Auditorium. The Tchaikovsky House-Museum in Kiln, Russia, participated in the competition for the first time and brought the exhibition of Tchaikovsky’s personal belongings. The participants performed with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov”, conducted by Yuri Tkachenko and Hiroshi Sekiya. The jury was chaired by the Russian Minister of Culture Alexander Sokolov (piano section), Maxim Fedotov (violin section) and Sergei Roldugin (cello section).[3]

Prize Piano Violin Cello
Name Country Name Country Name Country
I Yulia Chaplina  Russia Aylen Pritchin  Russia Fedor Amosov  Russia
II Dinara Klinton  Ukraine Wonhyee Bae  South Korea Eun-Sun Hong  South Korea
III Yoshito Numasawa

Kuok-Wai Lio

 Japan

 China

Yoon Won Song  South Korea Un Lee

Alexey Zhilin

 South Korea

 Russia

IV
V
VI

6. Suwon, Korea (2009)[edit]

June 6 – 28

The VI International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians took place in Suwon, Korea in 2009. The opening ceremony, the piano first and the second rounds, the closing ceremony and the final gala-concert were held at the Gyeonggi Arts Center Grand Hall. The cello first and second rounds were held at the Gyeonggi Arts Center Small Hall, and the violin first and second rounds were held at the Gyeonggi Arts Center Dasan Hall. There were three conductors Nance Gum, Yury Tkachenko and Alexander Polyshuk invited to perform with the Russian Symphony Orchestra and the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra. The jury was headed by Alexander Sokolov (piano section), Sergei Kravchenko (violin section) and Sergei Roldugin (cello section).[3]

Prize Piano Violin Cello
Name Country Name Country Name Country
I Nansung Huang  China Sirena Huang  USA Michiaki Ueno  Japan
II Su Yeon Kim

Yu Chong Wu

 South Korea

 China

Seohyun Lim  South Korea Sang Eun Lee  South Korea
III Jung Eun Kim  South Korea Jou Rose Hsien

Gye Hee Kim

 China

 South Korea

Taeguk Mun

Sae Bom Byun

 South Korea

 South Korea

IV Dmitry Mayboroda  Russia Inmo Yang  South Korea Si Hao He

Young-In Na

 China

 South Korea

V Zuhao Liu  China Ke Zhu  China
VI

7. Montreux/Vevey - Switzerland (2012)[edit]

September 4 – 15

In 2012 The International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians for the first time held in Europe, on the shores of lake Geneva. The Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yury Temirkanov performed at the opening night. Third round participants performed at the Auditorium Stravinsky with the State Symphony Orchestra ”Novaya Rossiya”, conducted by Yury Tkachenko and with the Sinfonietta de Lausanne, conducted by Martin Fisher-Dieskau. The Swiss organizing Committee was led by Mr. Tobias Richter, Art Director of the Septembre Musical and the CEO of the Grand Théâtre de Genève. The jury was chaired by Viktor Tretyakov (violin), Alexander Sokolov (piano) and Krill Rodin (cello).[3]

Prize Piano Violin Cello
Name Country Name Country Name Country
I Alexander Kutuzov  Russia Veriko Tchumburidze  Georgia

 Turkey

Noah Lee  USA
II Bolai Cao  China Yoo-Jin Lee  South Korea Zlatomir Fung  USA
III Kon Ui Park  North Korea Jaewon Wee  South Korea Ja Kyung Huh  South Korea
IV Xuehong Chen  China Yury Vasilevsky  Belarus Dongyeol Lee  South Korea
V Ilya Bakhtin  Russia Herongjia Han  China Ivan Sendetskiy  Russia
VI Taek Gi Lee  South Korea Seunghee Lee  South Korea Young In Na  South Korea

8. Moscow, Russia (2014)[edit]

June 23 – July 3

After a 20-year break, the competition returned to Moscow. The third round participants performed at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with the State Symphony Orchestra ”Novaya Rossiya”, conducted by the Honored Artist of Russia Yury Tkachenko and Eurasian Symphony Orchestra (Kazakhstan), conducted by Aidar Torybaev. The jury was chaired by Vladimir Ovchinnikov (piano section), Aiman Mussakhajayeva (violin section) and Eleonora Testeleca (cello section). The organizing committee of the competition in Moscow consisted of the Moscow Conservatory, Russian State Academy of music and the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory.[3]

Prize Piano Violin Cello
Name Country Name Country Name Country
I Aleksandr Malafeev  Russia Ruslan Turuntaev  Kazakhstan La Li  China
II Kaiwen Zhao  China Roman Reshetkin

Soo Been Lee

 Russia  France

 South Korea

Woochan Jeong

Gabriel Martins

 South Korea

 USA

III Tagir Kamaltdinov  Russia Naina Kobzareva

Yoo Min Seo

 Russia

 South Korea

Nathan Lee  USA
IV Vladimir Skomorokhov  Russia Wei Zhang  China Hyunah Pyo  South Korea
V Ildar Saubanov  Russia Natalia Smirnova  Russia
VI Yanfeng Bai  China

9. Novosibirsk, Russia (2015)[edit]

December 5 – 15

The IX International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians was dedicated to the 175th birthday anniversary of the great Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, was held for the first time during winter time and in the capital of Siberia. The third round participants performed in the Arnold Katz State Concert Hall with the Belarussian State Academic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the Honored Figure of Art of the Russian Federation, People’s Artist of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Anissimov and the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the Honored Artist of Russia Yury Tkachenko. The jury was chaired by Vladimir Ovchinnikov (piano section), Sergei Kravchenko (violin section) and Maria Tchaikovskaya (cello section). The competition was organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Novosibirsk region, the Association of the Tchaikovsky Competition Stars and the Interstate Corporation for Development.[3]

Prize Piano Violin Cello
Name Country Name Country Name Country
I Su-Ah Ye  South Korea Maria Andreeva

Donghyun Kim

 Russia

 South Korea

Maria Zaytseva

Anastasia Ushakova

 Russia

 Russia

II Elizaveta Kliuchereva  Russia Lisa Yasuda

Diana Adamyan

Jieon Park

 Japan

 Armenia

 South Korea

Dylan Wu

Sanga Yang

 USA

 South Korea

III Hyuk Lee  South Korea Hyeonah Hong

Maria Baeva-Kuznetsova

 South Korea

 Russia

Dan Ah Han

Timur Rashkov

 South Korea

 Belarus

IV Yongqiu Liu  China Jung Ah Lee  South Korea
V Shuan Hern Lee  Australia
VI Alexander Zakharov  Russia

Competition partners[edit]

For years the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians partnerships included major educational institutions, concert venues and commercial companies. The Moscow Conservatory, Russian State Academy of Music and the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory stand out among the common educational partners of the competition. In 2015, the special prize for the winners, porcelain statuette ”Muse” – a symbol of Tchaikovsky’s patroness Nadezhda von Meck – has been designed by collective authorship of artists of Sergei Andriaka’s Watercolor and Fine Arts Academy, partner for the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tchaikovsky piano competition sees self-taught Frenchman take Russia by storm". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars - Facebook Official". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "The International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians - Official Page" (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  4. ^ "The 4th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians". China Embassy to Israel. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  5. ^ Bonian Tian, profile at Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts

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