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Valery Gergiev urged not to politicize the Tchaikovsky Contest

29 countries have already applied to take part in the contest

24.Feb.15 10:59 AM
By Svetlana Siuhina


Valery Gergiev urged not to politicize the Tchaikovsky Contest
Artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev asked not to politicize popular musical competition and expressed his hope that this contest will also become one of the most important cultural events of the upcoming summer.

The upcoming Tchaikovsky Contest will be dedicated to 175th anniversary of Tchaikovsky. It will take place in Moscow and St. Petersburg from 15th of June to 3rd of July 2015.

“The situation in the world is rather scaring at the moment. However the Tchaikovsky Contest has never been related to policy. It will never reflect political preferences of any of the country which takes part in this competition”, - said Gergiev during his press-conference.

More than 200 applications from 29 countries have already been sent. As rule participants from China, Russia, Japan and Korea take active part in this contest.  


Tchaikovsky Contest is an international musical competition which is one of the oldest and the most reputable among musicians from different countries. The opening night of the event was held in 1958 in Moscow and gave a boost to such talented musicians as Van Cliburn, for example as well as many other gifted and talented musicians.

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