Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23

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Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 is with no doubt one of the composer's most famous scores. Its ardor and its technical difficulties made it one of the young virtuoso's best-loved piano concerti. The work was premiered in Boston in October 1875 by Hans von Bülow, under the baton of Benjamin Johnson Lang.

The pianists competing at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition must perform one of Tchaikovsky's two first piano concerti.


  • Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito
  • Andantino semplice – Prestissimo
  • Allegro con fuoco

About the composer

Birth date:

May 7, 1840

Death date:

Nov. 6, 1893

This year marks the 175th birthday of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, one of Russia's most beloved composers. The International Tchaikovsky Competition, which was named after the great composer, will commemorate the anniversary…

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