The Fifth International Tchaikowsky Competition culminated in Moscow, USSR on Thursday (4 July) after three weeks of keen, competitive musicianship from young performers from all round the world.
CU ZOOM OUT From portrait of Tchaikovsky in Grand Hall to People applauding then ZOOM IN TO winners as Minister of Culture speaks and introduces finalists.
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SV Boris Pergamenschikov (USSR) onto stage to receive award and walks off then Ivan Monigetti (USSR) walks up to receive award. First Award 22FT Second Award 38FT.
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Background: The Fifth International Tchaikowsky Competition culminated in Moscow, USSR on Thursday (4 July) after three weeks of keen, competitive musicianship from young performers from all round the world.
There were some 280 musicians taking part representing 37 countries. The competition was instituted by the Soviet Government in 1958. Initially the contest was for pianists and violinists only. Latterly cellists and singers have been included.
The competition was staged in Moscow's two best concert halls, the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory and the Hall of Columns of the House of Trade Unions.
As internationally famous cellist Mstislav Rostropovich was aborad at the time of the awards, the cello section of the jury was presided over by Daniil Shafran. It was he who presented the awards to the youthful performers who had earned high marks in the cello competition. The awards were made in the Grand Hall of the Conservatoire, prefaced by an address from Soviet Minister of Culture, Yakaterina Furtseva.
The highest award went to Boris Pergamenschikov of the USSR. Second place also went to a young Russian, Ivan Monigotti. Japan's Hirofumi Konno was placed third in the highly competitive and much respected competition.
SYNOPSIS: A massive portrait of Tchaikowsky, the celebrated Russian composer, dominated the Grand Hall of the Moscow, Soviet Union, State Conservatory on Thursday when awards were made at the end of the Fifth International Tchaikowsky Competition. Some two-hundred and eighty young musicians from thirty seven countries had competed over three weeks for much coveted awards from distinguished juries. After an address by Soviet Culture Minister, Yekaterina Furtseva, Awards in the cello competition were made. Top award went to brilliant young Russian cellist, Boris Pergamenschikov. Cello jury president Daniil Shafran made the presentations.
The competition wa instituted by the Soviet Government in nineteen-fifty-eight. Initially it was for pianists and violinists only. Cellists and singers are now included. Second prize-winner, also from the Soviet Union, was Ivan Monigetti.
Internationally famous Soviet cellist Rostropovich was abroad at the time of the competition. It was he who was expected to have presided over the cello jury. But delighted to receive the third prize was talented young Japanese cellist Hirofumi Konno.
The greatest number of competitors in the competition were from the United States.