7/7/2011 [Pianos & Keyboards]
The 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition was held in Russia from June 14th to 30th, with gala concerts given on July 1st and 2nd in Moscow and St. Petersburg, respectively. The contest covers four musical disciplines, and the piano and cello competitions were held in Moscow, while violin and vocal competitors battled it out in St. Petersburg.
For more than fifty years, the International Tchaikovsky Competition has been regarded as one of the most important events of its kind in the world, and it is considered an outstanding opportunity for gifted young musicians to gain international recognition and establish their careers.
Among the past competition winners who have achieved worldwide recognition are pianists Van Cliburn, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mikhail Pletnev, Grigory Sokolov, and Barry Douglas, and the event is considered one of Russia’s most valuable cultural assets.
This year’s opening concert featured gold Medal laureate Denis Matsuev who selected Yamaha’s new CFX piano to use in his performance in front of many dignitaries including Vladimir Putin, former President and current Prime Minister of Russia. Matsuev is one of two gold medalists, the other being Ayako Uehara, who performed on Yamaha’s CFIIIS piano to win the competition. And this year’s event marked the first time a CFX has been on stage at the competition.
Yamaha introduced this new model in 2010 and it is considered a flagship model concert grand piano, as it is an embodiment of all essences of Yamaha’s skills, knowledge, and manufacturing expertise.
Yamaha’s CFX Concert Grand Piano
In addition to the CFX, competitors had a choice four other pianos by Kawai, Fazioli, and two Steinways. Of the twenty nine original contestants, all four who selected the CFX were accepted into the twelve names in the second round.
Young YeolEum Son of South Korea attracted much attention from music lovers around the world by her exquisite and moving performances in virtually every round of the competition. YeolEum chose to play Yamaha's exciting new CFX for her 1st stage, and then returned to the CFX for her triumphant final performance of Tchaikovsky's Concerto #1.
Ms. Son was born in 1986 in South Korea and is currently based in Hanover Germany. The gifted pianist has won prizes at many prestigious competitions including a Silver medal at the last Van Cliburn Competition, and her impressive appearance in Moscow will undoubtedly add to her already very busy international concert schedule.
Ms. YeolEum Son with the CFX
During the competition, Yamaha Music Russia hosted an opening party and reception to introduce to the Russian music world a new facility called, Yamaha Artist Services Moscow. The center is located within short walking distance from the Mosow Conservatory, the Central School of Music, and the Gnesin School, and many contestants—and even jurors—from the competition took advantage of the center to practice during the competition.
The facility demonstrates Yamaha’s deep commitment towards supporting musicians, and especially helping develop the young concert artists of the future. In addition, such continuous contact with high level musicians helps Yamaha designers further refine and develop our pianos. The Artist Services Center in Moscow will link with those already established by Yamaha in other musical centers such as, New York, Paris, London, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, and others
- The results of the 14th International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
- 1st Prize, Gold Medal: Daniil Trifonov (Russia)
- 2nd Prize, Silver Medal: YeolEum Son (South Korea)
- 3rd Prize, Bronze Medal: SeongJin Cho (South Korea)
- 4th Prize: Alexander Romanovsky (Ukraine)
- 5th Prize: Alexei Chernov (Russia)
Prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work by Rodion Shchedrin:
YeolEum Son (South Korea)
Prize for the Best Performance of the Chamber Concerto:
Yeol Eum Son (South Korea)
Daniil Trifonov (Russia)
The Special Vladimir Krainev Award:
Alexander Romanovsky (Ukraine)