About the Contest Щелкунчик. International Television Contest for Young Musicians 'The Nutcracker'

18th International Television Contest for Young Musicians 'The Nutcracker' will be held in Moscow from 4 to 11 December 2017.

One of the most cherished projects of the RUSSIA-KULTURA Television Channel, each year the 'Nutcracker' contest unravels new and exciting talents from all over the world and provides young performers with opportunity to showcase their skills on a professional level, as well as exchange experiential knowledge and receive the judgement of eminent professionals.

The ‘Nutcracker’ has earned the reputation as one of the most prestigious music contests for children in Russia. It enjoys close attention of a wide and diverse audience, from professionals to classical music enthusiasts. 

The contestants perform in front of many millions of viewers, as the auditions are both televised and streamed live on the channel’s website. This means that the participation in ‘Nutcracker’ is an inspiring opportunity for young performers to step into spotlight. Besides, finalists are honoured to perform at one of the most prestigious Moscow venues – the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall – with a symphony orchestra accompaniment.

On April 25, 2016 the International Television Contest for Young Musicians 'The Nutcracker' became a member of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY).

The Contest is held in three disciplines:

  • Piano
  • Stringed Instruments (violin, cello, harp, double-bass)
  • Winds (except recorder) & Percussion Instruments

Participants are young musicians under 14 (for piano, stringed instruments and percussion) or 15 (for wind instruments).
No minimum age requirements.

The results of the SECOND ROUND of the 18th 'The Nutcracker'


Eva Gevorgyan, 13, piano, Russia

Alexandra Dovgan, 10, piano, Russia

Artyom Kopylov, 13, piano, Canada


Marie-Aude Mellies, 13, violin, Japan–France

Daria Rumyantseva, 13, harp, Russia

Paloma So, 12, violin, China–United Kingdom


Mariya Pavlenko, 13, oboe, Russia

Varvara Petrova, 13, oboe, Russia

Dmitriy Pinchuk, 12, saxophone, Russia


The schedule of The 18th International Television Contest for Young Musicians The Nutcracker


The Opening Ceremony of the 18th International Television Contest for Young Musicians 'Nutcracker' (4 December 2017) and the Final Round (11 December 2017) will take place at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall under the accompaniment of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (artistic director and chief conductor — Yuri Simonov). 

Rounds I and II will be held at the the Central Music School at the P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory.


The prizes of the Contest in each nomination are Gold, Silver and Bronze Nutcrackers – figurines created by the world-famous artist Mihail Chemiakin. The winner of SMS-vote receives the Audience Award.

Address of the Organization Committee:

Russia-Kultura TV channel, Music Department,

The International Television Contest for Young Musicians The Nutcracker

Shabolovka Str., 37, 115162, Moscow, Russia

Tel: +7 (495) 955-88-88 (* 49-75)

Russia-Kultura TV Channel official site: www.tvkultura.ru.

E-mail: nutcracker@tv-culture.ru.