The balloting of the participants and the Opening Ceremony of the X International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians took place on June 15th at the “Astana Opera” Theater. The competition opened with a concert of the People’s Artist of the USSR Viktor Tretyakov, People’s Artist of Russia Vladimir Ovchinnikov, People’s Artist of Kazakhstan, Rector of Kazakh National University of Arts Aiman Mussakhаjayeva (violin), Laureate of the International Tchaikovsky Competition Kirill Rodin (cello), Diyar Kasenov (violin), Rakhat-Bi Abdyssagin (piano), as well as winners of the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians Donghyun Kim (violin, Korea) and Anastasia Ushakova (cello, Russia), accompanied by the KazNUA Violin Ensemble, KazNUA Ensemble of Dombra Performers, KazNUA Orchestra of Folk Instruments (conductor Maralian Myrzakulova) and the Eurasian Symphony Orchestra (conductor – Honored Artist of Russia Yuri Tkachenko).

120 young performers from 20 countries (Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Korea, Japan, USA, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Germany, Italy, Israel, UK, Mexico and others) got the admitted to participate in the competition.

Auditions will take place in the Chamber hall of the “Astana Opera” Theatre, Organ Hall of KazNUA and Zhabayev Concert Hall of KazNUA from June 16th to June 24th. The Closing ceremony and the concert of laureates will be held on June 25th at the Central Concert Hall “Kazakhstan”.

The jury panel consists of eminent musicians from Russia, Kazakhstan, USA, Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, France, Georgia, Hungary, Finland and other countries. The chairmen of the jury in the nominations are Vladimir Ovchinnikov (piano), Victor Tretyakov (violin) and Sergey Roldugin (cello).

The competition is organized by the Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars and the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The competition is held with the support of the Kazakh National University of Arts, Moscow State Conservatory and Akimat of Astana city.

International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians was founded in 1992. It is the largest professional competition for musicians under 17 years old. The competition is held in three sections: piano, violin and cello.