The 25 opening-round candidates have been announced for the 2019 Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition – to be held in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia from the 18th to the 27th of June, 2019.
The opening round candidates are:
- VC Young Artist Zlatomir Fung (United States)
- VC Young Artist Santiago Cañón-Valencia (Columbia)
- VC Young Artist Benedict Kloeckner (Germany)
- VC Young Artist Jonathan Swensen (Denmark)
- Fyodor Amosov (Russia)
- Alexander Warenberg (Netherlands)
- Wassily Gerassimez (Germany)
- Edward Johannes Gray (United States)
- Kim Ga-eun (South Korea)
- Anastasia Kobekina (Russia)
- Elia Cohen Weissert (Israel)
- Christoph Croisé (Switzerland)
- Jeonghyoun Lee (South Korea)
- Taeguk Mun (South Korea)
- Senja Elina Rummukainen (Finland)
- Haruma Sato (Japan)
- Ivan Sendetskii (Russia)
- Ivan Skanavi (Russia)
- Michiaki Ueno (Japan)
- Rolando de la Guadalupe Fernández Lara (Mexico)
- Alfredo Martínez Ferre (Spain)
- Sandra Lied Haga (Norway)
- Yibai Chen (China)
- Ha Young Choi (South Korea)
- Mizunо Yuya (Japan)
This year’s competition will be held across 6 categories – Piano, Violin, Cello, Voice, Woodwinds and Brass Instruments.
Each category winners will receive US $30,000 – with the one Tchaikovsky Competition Grand Prix winner to be awarded an additional US $100,000.
The 2019 jury will comprise: Sir Clive Gillinson (Chair), Myung-Wha Chung, Ralph Kirshbaum, Truls Mørk, Sergei Roldugin, Jan Vogler, Jian Wang, Mario Brunello, Karine Georgian, Mischa Maisky, Daniel Müller-Schott, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Istán Várdi.
Previous 1st prize winners include: David Geringas, Denis Shapovalov, Narek Hakhnazaryan and Andrei Ioniță.