Tchaikovsky Competition Moves Forward for 2023

By Francisco Salazar

The 17th International Tchaikovsky Competition has announced that it will be held from June 19 to July 1 in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The competition will be held at the Grand and Small Halls of the Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I. Tchaikovsky and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. The gala concert of the laureates will then be planned at the Zaryadye Moscow Concert Hall.

In a statement, the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Olga Lyubimova said, “We are happy to announce the start of accepting applications for the XVII International Tchaikovsky Competition, which, by the way, is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. Let me emphasize that musicians from all over the world are invited to participate in the Competition, as culture, art, music do not and cannot have any limitations. I wish success and inspiration to all talented musicians! Good luck!”

Back in April the World Federation of International Music Competitions expelled the Tchaikovsky Competition from its membership. President Peter Paul Kainrath and Secretary-General Florian Riem said in a letter, “In a vote following its Extraordinary General Assembly held on 13 April 2022, the World Federation of International Music Competitions has decided with an overwhelming majority of member votes to exclude the International Tchaikovsky Competition from its membership with immediate effect.”

The Tchaikovsky Competition’s current website has a quote from Vladimir Putin on its front page which states, “a winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition holds one of the most respected titles there is.”