As Tchaikovsky Competition Approaches

The Voice of Russia

Russian music lovers still cannot get over the fact that the International Tchaikovsky Competition of 2011 will be held both in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as decided by the contest’s steering committee a month ago.

In Moscow, the competition will be hosted by the State Conservatory which is of direct relevance to the establishment and holding of this large-scale music event. Having received world’s best musicians during its 100 years of existence, Moscow Conservatory’s Grand Hall is currently undergoing full-scale restoration. This has initially raised doubts of the steering committee led by Valery Gergiyev about whether the hall will be commissioned by the beginning of the contest. Rector of the Moscow Conservatory Alexander Sokolov does not share this stand, but had to accept the decision of holding the Tchaikovsky Competition at two places. He had this to say:
"This has obviously been an initiative proposed by Valery Gergiyev and backed by the Minister of Culture. But as members of the steering committee, we are naturally keeping ground."

By now, after the government allocated a sum necessary for these purposes, the certainty has somewhat strengthened that restoration of the Grand Hall will be completed before the competition starts. This came in a statement by Sergei Rozanov, the Moscow Conservatory’s vice-rector for administrative work:
"Government funding provides for the accomplishment of all tasks set for 2010 within the established deadline. We plan to complete restoration efforts by May 1st, 2011, with all engineering works finished well before."

Rector Alexander Sokolov has also pointed to the considerable role of Moscow Conservatory’s Board of Guardians in handling complicated problems. It involves quite a number of foreign members, he added.

"A year ago, the Japanese Yamaha Corporation became an honorary member of our Board of Guardians, thus expanding its old-established cooperation with the Moscow Conservatory. Yamaha regularly provides us with its own-produced equipment, in particular, recording devices for the Grand Hall. Among other presents we have recently received from the company, was a Disklavier."

This piano-resembling instrument is capable of memorizing and reproducing any sound and this makes it indispensable for communication between students and professors over distance. The resulting extra mural studies will allow the conservatory to easily introduce its unparalleled teaching techniques and traditions worldwide.