The Organizing Committee of the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians informs that due to the outbreak of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus in the People’s Republic of China the dates of the competition have been changed. Instead of the previously scheduled dates of April 11 – 22, the competition will be held in Chengdu (the capital of Sichuan) from November 6 to November 17, 2020. Applications are accepted until September 10, 2020.

International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians is the biggest professional competition for young academic musicians. Since 1990, the competition has been held 10 times in Russian cities, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Japan, Korea and China. The interesting fact is that the last time the competition was held in China in 2002, the dates of the event also had to be postponed due to the outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

General Director of the Competition Ivan Scherbak commented, “The circumstances, of course, are extraordinary. Imagine, the competition returns to China after 18 years, and we are being followed by a new strain of pneumonia again! Obviously, the safety of young musicians comes first, so after long negotiations with representatives of the Chengdu city administration, the Sichuan Conservatory and our partners from “Chai Yin”, we made a decision to postpone the competition dates to November this year. I would like to point out my firm conviction that our Chinese partners will do their best to hold the competition on new dates at the highest level, as it always was before”.

To date, more than 230 young musicians from 19 countries have submitted applications for participation in the competition. According to the rules of the competition, no more than 60 participants in each section will be allowed to participate. The Organizing Committee will contact all young musicians who have already submitted the applications until Febrary 5th , 2020, to clarify the possibility of their participation in the competition.

The XI International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians is held by the Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars and the Sichuan Cultural Company “Chai Yin”, with the support of the Government of Chengdu, the Moscow State Conservatory and Gnesins Russian Academy of Music. The Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars is the oldest public non-profit organization in Russia, celebrating the 30th anniversary of its founding in 2020.