World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) voted by overwhelming majority to exclude the International Tchaikovsky Competition from its membership, effective immediately. The vote took place at a special General Assembly held April 13.The
"In the face of Russia´s brutal war and humanitarian atrocities in Ukraine, the WFIMC as an apolitical organization cannot support or have as a member, a competition financed and used as a promotional tool by the Russian regime," the organization said in a statement signed by its Secretary General Florian Riem and President Peter Paul Kainrath.
The organization reiterated its stance against sanctioning any artists solely on the basis of their nationality.
"The WFIMC affirms its previous statement against blanket sanctions on all Russians and against the discrimination and exclusion of individual artists, based on their nationality," the statement says. "In times of war especially, we believe it to be essential to maintain a dialogue with those who trust us and who share our values, the same way as we trust them."
The Tchaikovsky Competition has been a member of the WFIMC since 1971. The competition has been held every four years since 1958, and its next competition is scheduled for 2023. While it started as a competition with division for violin and piano, it has expanded to also include divisions for cello, voice, woodwinds and brass. Prize winners have included many famous violinists, to name a few: Gidon Kremer, Eugene Fodor, Elmar Oliveira, Dylana Jenson, Ilya Kaler, Jennifer Koh and most recently in 2019, Sergey Dogadin.
The Tchaikovsky Competition is strongly supported by the Russian Government, with specific support from Vladimir Putin as well as Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, who has been dismissed from numerous engagements this spring due to his alliance with Putin.
Andrei Malyshev, representing the Tchaikovsky Competition, took part in the WFIMC's General Assembly, and the competition issued this response.
Founded in 1957, the Geneva, Switzerland-based WFIMC provides guidelines that aim to achieve artistic excellence, integrity and fairness in international competitions. Currently the federation includes more than 110 international music competitions and other related institutions that serve young musicians aspiring to an international career.
You might also like:
This article has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.
Violinist.com is made possible by...
Discover the best of Violinist.com in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews.