24.11.2015 | 13:39

16th International Television Contest for Young Musicians 'Nutcracker'

The 16th International Television Contest for Young Musicians ‘Nutcracker’ will be held from 30 November to 7 December, 2015. Watch the Grand Opening live on RUSSIA-KULTURA TV-Channel on 30 November (19:45 MSK) and the Closing Ceremony on 7 December. Round II concerts in each discipline will be broadcast on 4 and 5 December at 19:45 and on 6 December at 19:10. Show hosts – Tatyana Gevorkyan and Alexander Malich.

Since its foundation in 2000 the 'Nutcracker' has been the only TV-broadcast academic music contest for children in Russia. It enjoys attention of a wide and diverse audience: from professionals to classical music enthusiasts. Throughout 15 years of its history, the contest has welcomed children from all over Russia and many other countries, and its geographical coverage is continuously expanding. As a sign of its international acknowledgement, this year the contest has been invited to join the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY) .

Not only does the Contest provide young musicians with an opportunity to share their talents with the audience, to exchange the experience and to get valuable advice of the highly professional adjudicators – the uniqueness of the Contest lies in that it enables young performers to make a claim about themselves in front of millions of TV-viewers. Online broadcast of the ‘Nutcracker’ will be available on the website of the Russia-Kultura TV-Channel (www.tvkultura.ru) while Round II and III will be TV-broadcast. Participants of the Round III will be honoured to perform on stage of one of the best Moscow venues – the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall – accompanied by the symphony orchestra. That is why the mere participation in the contest is a cherished dream for many young performers. 'The 'Nutcracker' competition offers a unique opportunity for young musicians to showcase their knowledge and understanding of music on a grand stage. With excellent support, the competition goes from strength to strength and enables young exciting talented musicians a wonderful chance to participate alongside established worldclass musicians', Evelyn Glennie, member of the Board of Trustees, notes in her welcoming speech.

Rules remain unchanged: 48 contestants under 14 (15 for Winds) that have passed through a tough selection process will prove themselves on three levels in three categories: ‘Stringed Instruments’, ‘Wind and Percussion Instruments’, ‘Piano’. The youngest contestant of the 16th 'Nutcracker' is tenor player Alexey Kardonov from Zelenograd, aged just 7. In each nomination, the prizes of the Contest are Gold, Silver and Bronze Nutcrackers – the figurines created by the world-famous artist Mikhail Chemyakin. The Audience Award will be adjudged according to the results of an SMS-vote. The Jury is represented by: Zakhar Bron (Russia-Germany), Alexander Vasilyev (Russia) and Akiko Tatsumi (Japan) - for ‘Stringed Instruments’; Yi-Ping Yang (China), Hansjörg Schellenberger (Germany), Vadim Eilenkrig (Russia), Mark Pekarsky (Russia) – for ‘Wind Instruments and Percussion’; Dmitri Alexeev (UK – Russia), Lukas Barvinsky (Austria), Ekaterina Mechetina (Russia) – for ‘Piano’. This year the Contest acquired the International Board of Trustees that consists of famous musicians, cultural workers and patrons of art: Evelyn Glennie, Denis Matsuev, Irina Nikitina-Häfliger, Paloma O’Shea, Vladimir Spivakov, Markus Hinterhäuser, Aleksey Shalashov, Mikhail Shemyakin, Gennady Yavnik.

30 November (19:45 MSK) The Opening Ceremony of the 16th International Television Contest for Young Musicians ‘Nutcracker’ will be broadcast live from the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. The gala-concert will feature the performances of the Jury members: Hansjörg Schellenberger (oboe), Dmitri Alexeev (piano), Zakhar Bron (violin), Vadim Eilenkrig (trumpet), Mark Pekarsky (percussion), Yi-Ping Yang (percussion), as well as the former Prize Winners and a special guest – Elli Choi (violin). The concert will be accompanied by the Russian National Orchestra. Conductor – Ayyub Guliev, Azerbaijan.

Rounds I and II will take place on 1-2 December at the Moscow Central Music School by the Tchaikovsky Concervatory. Round II in each discipline will be broadcast on Russia-Kultura TV-Channel on: 4 December (19:45 MSK) – ‘Stringed Instruments’, 5 December (19:10 MSK) – ‘Wind Instruments and Percussion’, 6 December (19:10 MSK) – ‘Piano’.

On 7 December there will be live broadcast of Round III and the Closing Ceremony of the Contest from the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. Onstage – 9 Finalists and the Russian National Orchestra, conductor – Ayyub Guliev (Azerbaijan).

30 November – 1 December (17:35 MSK) watch the programs ‘Evelyn Glennie. Masterclass’ and ‘Zakhar Bron. Masterclass’ where prominent musicians will share their secrets of mastery and give professional advice to young talents. Evelyn Glennie is a famous Scottish virtuoso percussionist and composer, Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and member of the International Board of Trustees of the ‘Nutcracker’. Having lost 90% of her hearing in childhood, she has developed the ability to perceive music with her body. Therefore, she usually performs barefoot to feel the vibrations of the instrument better. She won Grammy for the Best Chamber Music Performance in 1989.

Russian-German violinist and music teacher Zakhar Bron is an Adjudicator of the ‘Nutcracker’, Professor of the Cologne University of Music, Zurich University of the Arts, Royal Music Academies in London, Madrid, Rotterdam as well as Kronberg Academy; professor emeritus of the Higher Music Schools of Japan, Poland, Bulgaria and a number of other countries. In 2010 he founded his own music school for talented children in Switzerland. Among his students are world famous musicians Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Arkady Gutnikov, Mayuko Kamio, Daniel Hope and others.