Music News & Info: Classical

Tchaikovsky competition winners announced

Daniil Trifonov (photo:

The results are in, and the first place winners in each category are:

  • Piano:  Daniil Trifonov.  The 20-year old Russian pianist had already made a name for himself, initially by taking third place at the Chopin competition  late last year, and then following it up with a first place finish and gold medal at the Artur Rubenstein competition this past May.  Trifonov is currently a student of Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
  • Violin:  No winner.  The jury decided not to award a first prize for violin, the fourth time this has happened overall, and notably the third time it has happened in the last five competitions.  Sergey Dogadin and Itamar Zorman shared second prize.  Californian Nigel Armstrong was awarded 4th prize.
  • Cello:  Narek Hakhnazaryan.  Earlier this week, the Armenian cellist was known for being at the center of some of the controversy; now he can be known as the winner.  (UPDATE:  Click HERE to read Bob Thomas’s review of Hakhnazaryan’s appearance with the Pasadena Symphony earlier this year)
  • Voice (female):  Sun Young Seo
  • Voice (male):  Jong Min Park.
It will be interesting to follow their careers.  Many previous winners have gone on to successful solo careers, some winning great fame; others, um, not so much.
If you want to get a head start on seeing how these budding classical music stars perform, you can watch the streaming video feed of the Gala concerts for the winners by clicking HERE on the following dates/times:
  • Friday, July 1st, 7pm Moscow time (i.e. 8am Pacific Daylight Time)
  • Saturday, July 2nd, 7pm St. Petersburgtime (i.e. 8am Pacific Daylight Time)

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