Between 14 and 27 June, 2022 Moscow will host the Rachmaninoff International Competition for Pianists, Composers and Conductors. The official opening will take place on June 15th at the Moscow State Conservatory.

The competition is founded in 2021 by the Government of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation on the eve of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Rachmaninoff and the Year of Music in 2023.

The artistic director of the competition, who initiated its founding, is a well-known pianist, People’s Artist of Russia Denis Matsuev. He will also head the piano jury. The conductors' jury will be headed by Valery Gergiev and the composers one – by Alexander Tchaikovsky.

The organizing committee of the competition includes officials, famous musicians, and directors of leading musical institutions: Valery Gergiev, Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Valery Polyansky, Alexander Sladkovsky, Mikhail Shvydkoy, Alexei Shalashov, Alexander Sokolov and others.

Following three main specialties in the life and work of Sergei Rachmaninoff, the competition has three nominations: piano, composition and conducting. After a qualifying round (based on video applications), the maximum number of participants in the live rounds will be 24 pianists, 24 conductors, and 12 composers. The piano nomination participants should be at least 16 and no older than 32 years inclusive by the Competition opening, conductors – no older than 45 years. The Composition nomination has no age restrictions. Each of the three nominations provides six main prizes, special and additional prizes.

On April 1, the birthday of Sergei Rachmaninoff, the acceptance of applications for participation in the Rachmaninoff International Competition for Pianists, Composers and Conductors ended. In total, 529 applications were submitted for the competition from 33 countries: Russia, Belarus, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Poland, Serbia, Moldova, Slovenia, Iran, Israel, USA, Canada, Cuba, Brazil, Colombia, Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Ukraine, LPR, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan. The largest number of applications was submitted in the nomination conducting – 210, followed by the nomination piano – 167 applications and composition – 152 applications.

The competition rounds will take place at the best concert venues in Moscow. Pianists are to perform in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, conductors – in the Tchaikovsky Hall; the Composition rounds will be held in the Rachmaninoff Hall (Philharmonia-2).

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