Congratulations to cellist Benedict Kloeckner who progresses to the semi-finals of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition

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After yesterday’s First Round, we are delighted to announce Benedict Kloeckner has made it to the Semi-Finals of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition in St. Petersburg , which will take place tomorrow, 22 June at 21:20 UK-time in the Small Hall of the D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia.

Kloeckner will present a programme including:
Brahms Sonata for Cello and Piano no. 2 in F Major, Op. 99
Tchaikovsky String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11 - Andante cantabile (arr. for cello and piano)
Piatigorsky Variations on a Theme of Paganini for Cello and Piano

To watch his Semi-Final performance, tune into the broadcast on live at 21:20 UK-time here!

You can also click here to watch yesterday’s excellent performance in which he presented works by J.S. Bach, Piatti, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich.

The Finals will take place on 25, 26, and 27 June with all performances to be broadcast on

We wish Benedict and all the other participants the best of luck!