Scheduled for may 2020 Grand Piano Competition had previously been moved to August but now the date has shifted for spring 2021. The third Grand Piano will be held from 30 April to 5 may on the stages of the Great and Rachmaninoff halls of the Moscow Conservatoire and the Tchaikovsky Concert hall. In the second round the contestants will perform with the state orchestra named after E. F. Svetlanov.

Competition for young pianists, Grand Piano Competition appeared in Moscow four years ago on the initiative of Denis Matsuev, who organized it after his first project – the International festival-competition of young pianists Astana Piano Passion. Competition in the capital of Kazakhstan was conducted in 2012 and, according to experts, it is the appearance of Astana Piano Passion gave impetus to the development of piano school in the country.

“This competition became for Kazakhstan the same phenomenon as the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow”, – said “RG” rector of the Kazakh National Conservatory Zhaniya Abubakirova.

By the way, some of the contestants and winners of the Astana Piano Passion take part in the Moscow Grand Piano Competition.

“I would still have called our competition the festival: what happens to us, different from all the competitions in which our young pianists will continue, – said Matsuev. – We are truly a team. And our format is absolutely unique, such competition in the world: our musicians play all rounds and in the end win.”

Indeed, the novelty of the Moscow contest of young pianists is a radical update of the rules, which all participants play both tours. For the competition, the musicians got into after videoobama: according to regulations, 15 pianists. In the first round, performed a solo program in the second round – concert with orchestra. Five laureates in the results of both rounds will receive a prize in the amount of five thousand dollars, places are not awarded. The remaining contestants receive thousands of dollars. But the main prize for which is a struggle, – acoustic Grand piano Yamaha SZH cost 35 thousand dollars.

the last time the owner of the piano was a 10-year-old Alexander Dougan (Central musical school by Conservatory). And in the first competition, an unprecedented event took place: during the concert of the laureates Matsuev decided to award two Grand Prix. Urgently buy a second piano. The “wells” in the end we got Alexander Malofeev and Sandro Nebieridze (Georgia).

But the important thing is that, in addition to financial prizes, the Grand Piano Competition provides young pianists start a concert career. Awards become certified to participate in projects of Denis Matsuev, Valery Gergiev, Alexander Sladkovsky, state orchestra of them. Svetlanov, participation in the programs of the Moscow Philharmonic, the international festivals and summer Academies, and so on. In addition, according to Matsuev, all participants are guaranteed performances with leading orchestras.

Organicator contest, people’s artist of Russia Denis Matsuev:

– Most importantly, the young musicians put things in perspective. Our “grandpiano” in recent years has made huge strides – debuted in the fantastic halls, played with the major orchestras and conductors of the world, they have a record. And thanks to the broadcasts of the contest on, and TV channel “Culture” they see the millions of people worldwide.

On the contest website has already published the schedule of auditions in 2021. Opening of the III International Piano competition Grand Competition will be held April 30 in the Grand hall with the participation of the state orchestra named after E. F. Svetlanov. Listen to the first round will be held may 1 and 2 at the Rachmaninov hall, and then the contest will move to Tchaikovsky Concert hall. Here on 3 and 4 may will take place the second tour with the orchestra, and on 5 may – the award ceremony and concert of the laureates.

In connection with the postponement of the competition the organizing Committee extended the applications for participation until March 1, 2021. All applications that have been sent previously remain valid. Musicians who apply before July 1, 2020, will be able to participate in the competition, even if the beginning of III Grand Piano Competition they turn 17 years. For other bidders, customary rules: the competition is open to pianists up to age 16.