International Tchaikovsky Competition
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International Tchaikovsky Competition
Vladimir Putin at a ceremonial gala winners of the XV International Competition

The International Tchaikovsky Competition is a classical-music competition held every four years in Moscow, Russia, for pianists, violinists, and cellists between 16 and 32 years of age, and singers between 19 and 32 years of age. The competition is named after Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and is an active member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.[1]

The International Tchaikovsky Competition was the first international music competition held in the Soviet Union. For the XIV competition in 2011, Valery Gergiev was appointed the competition's chairman, and Richard Rodzinski, former president of the Van Cliburn Foundation, was appointed general director. A new voting system was instituted, created by mathematician John MacBain, and used by the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and the Cleveland International Piano Competition. All rules and regulations also underwent a complete revision. Emphasis was placed on the composition of the jury, which consisted primarily of well-known and respected performing artists. Finally, for all competitions from 2011 forward, a first prize will always be awarded.[2]

The XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition was held in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, from June 14 to July 1, 2011, under the auspices of the Russian federal government and its Ministry of Culture. The competition disciplines were piano, violin, cello, and voice (male singers and female singers). The XV competition took place in June 2015.[3]. The XVI competition will take place June 17-29, 2019, in Moscow and St. Petersburg.[4]


Cash prizes are awarded to the top-five competitors in each discipline of piano, violin, cello, and to each of the top four competitors in the men's and women's solo vocal categories. First prize (always to be awarded) is 20,000 Euro; second, 15,000 Euro; third, 10,000 Euro; fourth, 5,000 Euro; and fifth, 3,000 Euro. An additional prize, a Grand Prix of 10,000 Euro, may be awarded to one of the gold medalists deemed outstanding by the juries. Additional awards are given for best performance of the chamber concertos and the commissioned new work.[5]

For the 2015 competition, the prizes[6] are as follows:

Prize Amount
Grand Prix US$ 10,000 in addition to the 1st Prize amount
1st Prize US$ 30,000 and the Gold Medal
2nd Prize US$ 20,000 and the Silver Medal
3rd Prize US$ 10,000 and the Bronze Medal
4th Prize US$ 5,000 and a Diploma
5th Prize US$ 3,000 and a Diploma
6th Prize US$ 2,000 and a Diploma
Best performance of a concerto with a chamber orchestra in Round II (in the piano, violin, and cello sections) US$ 2,000 and a Diploma


Held every four years, the first competition, in 1958, included two disciplines - piano and violin. Beginning with the second competition, in 1962, a cello category was added, and the vocal division was introduced during the third competition in 1966. In 1990, a fifth discipline was announced for the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition -- a contest for violin makers which traditionally comes before the main competition.[7]

Prize winners

Winners of the top three prizes awarded in the given year and category.[8]




Vocal, female

Vocal, male

Grand Prix

Year Winner Category
1994[8] Georgia (country) Hibla Gerzmava Vocal, female
2011[11] Russia Daniil Trifonov Piano
2015[12] Mongolia Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar Vocal, male
  1. ^ Belgian pianist been labelled as German in the source.
  2. ^ Azerbaijani singer been labelled as Soviet in the source.
  3. ^ American soprano been labelled as Japanese in the source.

See also


  1. ^ FMCIM.
  2. ^ Musolife Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Brown, Ismene (July 6, 2015). "Tchaikovsky piano competition sees self-taught Frenchman take Russia by storm". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "The XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition". Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved .CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link).
  6. ^ [1] Awards
  7. ^ Tchaikovsky Competition Archived June 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b [2]"XV International Tchaikovsky Competition: The Laureates"/"Past prizewinners of the International Tchaikovsky Competition since 1958: full list"
  9. ^ [3] Pacific Music Festival (PMF) - Artist description section
  10. ^ , ?! ? ?
  11. ^ [4] "Daniil Trifonov, Grand Prix Winner 2011: 'Very Happy to Be Back'"
  12. ^ [5] "Grand Prix of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition has been announced!"

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