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Tchaikovsky's prize-giving tease

by at 01/07/2011 13:05


The winner of the Grand Prix at the Tchaikovsky International Competition remains a secret for a while longer – but most of the other prizes have been announced.

After a gala performance in Moscow a delayed award ceremony handed out medals in the instrumental and vocal classes, but kept a packed house on tenterhooks waiting for news of the biggest prize.

Culture minister Alexander Avdeyev delighted in teasing the music lovers who thronged the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, telling them: “We know the names of all the winners, but today we do not reveal all the secrets.

“The Grand Prix will be announced [on Sunday] after the concert in St. Petersburg.”

The crowd roared its disapproval, RIA Novosti reported.


No violin prize

The organizers had promised to award gold medals in all categories – previous years had prompted scandals when the top prizes were withdrawn – but that did not happen as planned.

There was no gold for the violinists, where Sergei Dogadin of Russia and Israel’s Itamar Zormarom shared silver.

And the cello contest, which was won by Narek Nakhnazaryan, also raised eyebrows.

Earlier in the competition there were claims that conductor Mark Gorenstein had racially abused the Armenian youngster during a rehearsal.

Gorenstein later apologized and Nakhnazaryan went on to take the audience prize as well as the jury’s awards.

Daniel Trifonov ensured a home win in the piano section, and added the audience award, while Koreans Park and Sun Jung Seo took the top awards in the vocal section.


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