The 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition announces the results

Gramophone Fri 28th June 2019

A 22-year-old French musician triumphs in the piano category

Alexandre Kantorow, 22, victor in the piano category

Alexandre Kantorow, 22, victor in the piano category

The 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition concluded last night, naming the winners across its six categories. In the customarily much-followed piano category the Gold Medal went to the 22-year-old French pianist Alexandre Kantorow (the only finalist to opt for Tchaikovsky's Second, rather than First, Piano Concerto). Kantorow recently released a much-praised album of Saint-Saëns piano concertos for BIS, a label that showed considerable foresight in starting to record with him five years ago ('Believe me, [Kantorow] is the real deal – a firebreathing virtuoso with a poetic charm...' wrote Gramophone in June).

Two Silver Medals were awarded: to Mao Fujita, 20, from Japan (a firm audience favourite), and Dmitry Shiskin, 27, from Russia, while the jury, chaired by Denis Matsuev, gave three Bronze Medals - to Konstantin Emelyanov, 25, from Russia, Alexey Melnikov, 29, from Russia, and Kenneth Broberg, 25, from the USA. The Chinese pianist An Tianxu, 20, was awarded fourth place but singled out for his courage when he was poised to start the Tchaikovsky First Concerto while the orchestra opened the Rachmaninov Paganini Rhapsody - a situation he rescued with aplomb. (The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, 'Evgeny Svetlanov', was conducted for the piano concerto finals with considerable skill and musicality by Vasily Petrenko.)

In the violin category the Gold Medal went to Sergey Dogadin, 30, from Russia, with the Silver Medal awarded to Marc Bouchkov, 28, from Belgium, and the Bronze to Donghyun Kim, 19, from South Korea. This was the first time a Gold Medal had been awarded in three competitions.

Zlatomir Fung, 20, from the USA, took the Gold Medal in the cello category with Silver going to Santiago Cañón-Valencia, 24, Colombia and Bronze to Anastasia Kobekina, 24, from Russia.

The male vocal Gold medal went to Georgios Alexandros Stavrakakis, 30, from Greece, and the female vocal Gold went to Maria Barakova, 21, from Russia.

In the newly created woodwind category, the Gold Medal went to the Russian flautist Demin Matvey, 25 and in the new brass category Gold went jointly to the Russian trombonist Alexey Lobikov, 32 and the Chinese horn-player Yun Zeng, 19.

The competition was streamed in its entirety by medici.tv with more than 15 million views from nearly 200 countries. Medici will also stream the two winners’ galas - on Friday from Moscow and on Saturday from St Petersburg. In both galas, the Tchaikovsky Competition's Co-Chair and guiding force Valery Gergiev will conduct his Mariinsky orchestra. 

For a full listing of the results visit Medici.TV's competition website.

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