Founded in 1958 in Moscow, the International Tchaikovsky Competition is held every four years.
Since 2011, the Competition is held in two cities: Moscow and Saint Petersburg. It aims to highlight the most promising talents in the fields of the piano, violin, cello (since 1962) and voice (since 1966).
Past prizewinners include the pianists Van Cliburn, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Grigory Sokolov, Mikhail Pletnev, Boris Berezovsky, Nikolai Lugansky, Denis Matsuev, and Daniil Trifonov; violinists Viktor Tretiakov, Gidon Kremer, Viktoria Mullova, and Akiko Suwanai; cellists Natalia Gutman, Mischa Maisky, David Geringas, Boris Pergamenschikov, Antônio Meneses, Ivan Monighetti, and Alexander Kniazev; and singers Deborah Voigt, Paata Burchuladze, Evgeny Nikitin, Mikhail Kazakov, and Jong Min Park.
The 2015 Competition (the 15th since 1958) will take place from June 15 to July 3. It is "a milestone year that could well be a musical Olympics," said Vladimir Medinsky, Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation. This year's Competition is dedicated to the 175th anniversary of the great Russian composer Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Photos: The city of Moscow, where the piano and violin competitions are held (top) and a view on Moyka river from Nevskiy prospect in Saint Petersburg, where the cello and voice competitions are held (bottom).