Tom Service, music critic of the Guardian.co.uk says “the best thing about the competition in both Moscow and St Petersburg is the audience, one of the most interactive, involved and opinionated groups of music lovers anywhere.”
He’s correct; the audience has remained engaged throughout the competition. I’m impressed not only with that, but by the age of the audience. While I want music lovers of every age group to be turned on by classical music, I have noticed the relatively youthful look of this group. So many young people are here, and you don’t generally see that at classical music concerts in the U.S.
Three more days of this great competition remain, reinvigorated this year by conductor Valery Gergiev and Richard Rodzinski, formerly of the Cliburn Competition. You can view the live performances at:
http://www.tchaikovsky-competition.com/en Click on the “Watch online” button on the right-hand side of the page. The downside: Five Tchaikovsky First Concerto performances!