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Pianists Denis Matsuev and Liu Shikun open the Tchaikovsky KXan 36 Daily News Competition

Date: June 17, 2024 Time: 03:16:47

The concert was preceded by a flower-laying ceremony at the monument to Pyotr Tchaikovsky at the Conservatory, which was attended by Tatyana Golikova, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Competition, Olga Lyubimova, Minister of Culture. of the Russian Federation, Valery Gergiev, Co-Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Contest, and pianist Denis Matsuev, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cultural Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoy and rector of the Alexander Sokolov Moscow State Conservatory. After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed a small open-air concert in the rotunda of the Great Hall of the Conservatory, in which the State Kremlin Orchestra of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation under the conduction of Igor Shevernev and Andrey Kolotushkin took part, after which the public went to the room.

The musical program was preceded by a welcome speech by Tatyana Golikova, who noted that “music is beyond politics, music has no borders” and that “the language of music is the language of harmony and friendship “. The Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra conducted by maestro Valery Gergiev was on stage all night. And the concert opened with the music of Tchaikovsky – Polonaise from the opera “Eugene Onegin”.

This was followed by a performance that became, perhaps, one of the most emotional moments of the entire evening: the legendary 84-year-old pianist Liu Shikun, who again arrived in Moscow from China (just like last year , when the pianist flew to the Russian capital to participate in the jury) I International Competition of pianists, conductors and composers named after SVRakhmaninov). Accompanied by the orchestra, the pianist performed the Melodic Part II of Chinese composer Xiang Xinghai’s “Ode to the Yellow River” piano concerto, with intonations from the Chinese folk song tradition. Next, the Chinese pianist performed his own piano transcription of Liu Zhi’s music “My Homeland”, a 5-minute bravura piece for solo piano, conveying epic images of Chinese history and nature, with abundant passages from octave and chord progressions, with which the pianist, despite his venerable age, did a great job. It is difficult to say how many people present in the hall or watching the broadcast of the concert were able to realize the magnitude of the historical significance and all the emotional depth of this moment, on the stage of the Great Hall of the Conservatory, 65 years later, played the winner of the first Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958.

Liu Shikun. Photo: Evgeny Evtyukhov

Winners of the Tchaikovsky Competition from other years also took part in the concert program. Among the most striking are the performances by cellist Alexander Ramm (winner of the 2nd prize in the XV Competition), who interpreted the melodic and virtuoso Pezzo capriccioso by Tchaikovsky; violinist Pavel Milyukov (3rd Prize, 15th Competition), in whose bold and expressive performance the cadenza and finale of Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto were performed; as well as the brilliant sound baritone Ariunbaatar Genbaatar (1st Prize and Grand Prize of the XV Competition), who presented his reading of Yeletsky’s Aria from Tchaikovsky’s opera The Queen of Spades with the sensitive accompaniment of the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra.

The culmination of the evening was the final number, the music that everyone seemed to be waiting for: the famous I part of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto brilliantly, soberly academic, but with all the power of his virtuosity, was performed by Denis Matsuev. . (winner of the XI competition), who, by the way, in this year became the chairman of the jury in the “piano” nomination.

Denis Matsuev and Valery Gergiev. Photo: Evgeny Evtyukhov

Also on the opening day of the competition, the final composition of the jury became known: it included outstanding musicians, teachers, theater directors and artistic agents from 18 countries: Russia, Belarus, USA, Vietnam, Japan, China, Belgium , Azerbaijan. and other countries.

By the way

On June 22, from 1:00 p.m. until late at night, the auditions for the 1st round of pianists will be held in the Aula Magna of the Conservatory. All auditions are open to the public. Recall that in total in the XVII International Competition. PI. Tchaikovsky will be attended by 236 talented young musicians, including: 25 pianists, 25 violinists, 25 cellists, 30 vocalists (female) and 35 vocalists (male), 48 woodwind musicians, and 48 woodwind musicians. metal.

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