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Tchaikovsky Competition offers daily webcasting

06.25.10
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In a year’s time, from June 14th to July 2nd, Moscow will host the 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition, a prestigious contest for young musicians from around the world. They gather in the Russian capital to demonstrate their skills of solo singing, playing the piano, the violin and the cello. At present, the contest’s official website opens access to its on-line application system.

Tchaikovsky Competition’s prestige and its leading position worldwide are the two most ambitious objectives outlined by the steering committee of the contest, chaired by renowned Russian conductor Valery Gergiyev. Richard Rodzinski, an American manager and director of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, was invited to head the contest working group. Van Cliburn, who won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958, will become honorary President of the piano jury at the upcoming forum.

To raise the contest’s attractiveness for musicians, its managers intend to ensure impartiality, three-year concert management for winners, and the efficient use of new technologies, like webcasting, Richard Rodzinski pointed out.

"The Tchaikovsky Competition sill has a reputation of the most large-scale and important competition of its kind, unparalleled for covering four disciplines at a time. And now we are working very hard to bring its standards in conformity with those of a number one competition in the world," he said.

The 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition has altered its procedure and the performance evaluation system. Participants are provided with greater freedom of repertoire choice so that the jury and the audience could get a full picture of their skills. But Richard Rodzinski believes that winning awards should not become the strongest reason for performing at the Moscow music contest. Through joint effort of the US, British and Russian music managers, we will attempt to open up opportunities for the prize-winners to give at least 30 concerts per year, said the businessman.

According to him, rendering information support will become their top priority, as a means of introducing young performers to the general public. Offering 12-hour webcasts of every particular contest day, the organizers want the competition to catch the eye of music lovers via the Internet. Apart from interviews, these live broadcasts will include offstage events and rehearsals - everything the audience usually has no access to.

To a large extent, Richard Rodzinski links success of the Tchaikovsky Competition to Valery Gergiyev’s interest in supporting talented young musicians. When assuming chairmanship of the competition, the maestro said the following:
"Prize-winners will have a chance to perform together with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra as part of the White Nights Music Festival, or with the London, New York and Chicago Orchestras at the Easter Festival. Starting a career this way is something any musician can only dream about."