International Television Contest for Young Musicians 'Nutcracker'

Next competition:
Next deadline: To be announced
Categories for the next competition: strings, piano, winds, percussions

City: Moscow (Russia)
Age range: Up to 14 (Wind instruments up to 15)
Structure: 3 rounds (Final with orchestra)
Cycle: every year
Categories: strings, piano, winds, percussions
Organiser: Russia-Kultura TV Channel (All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK)
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• Strings, Piano and Percussions – up to 14 – born after 04.12.2003

• Winds – up to 15 – born after 04.12.2002

For more information about the Contest please follow this link and for a detailed view of the rules please click here.


I Prize – Laureate Diploma, Golden Nutcracker (in each category) 100 000 (rub.)

II Prize – Laureate Diploma, Silver Nutcracker (in each category) 75 000 (rub.)

III Prize – Laureate Diploma, Bronze Nutcracker (in each category) 50 000 (rub.)

Special Prizes - 25 000 (rub.) / 30 000 (rub.)

The Nutcracker figurines that are awarded to the Laureates are designed by world famous artist Mikhail Chemiakin.

Audience Choice Award (by the results of SMS-vote) – an exclusive jewel.

Prizes from Partners: TBA


Participation in the Contest is free of charge. The application form (available here), all the required documents must be submitted electronically no later than 01 October 2017.


The ‘Nutcracker’ Contest is one of the most cherished projects of the RUSSIA-KULTURA Television Channel. Each year the contest discovers 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 judgment 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 one of the best symphony orchestra accompaniment.

The Contest is open to young musicians from throughout the world.


Last updated: 21.02.2018

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