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Dear ladies and gentlemen,
honorary members of the jury, participants and friends!
I’m very happy to welcome you to the first edition of the “Austrian Piano Open” competition in Vienna.
The city of Vienna with its rich culture and music has always been attracting a great number of musicians and talents from all over the world, becoming an inspiring source of creation for many great composers who named it the capital of music and the Heart of Europe. Following the tradition, we are happy to welcome today talented pianists all over the world to participate in the “Austrian Piano Open” with a total prize of 10.000 Euro to have this rare opportunity for a strong boost in their career.
Valetta has been chosen to be the “European Capital of Culture 2018” and therefore, the five finalists of Austrian piano Open will advance to the Malta International piano competition 2018 within the frameworks of “Malta International music Festival 2018” accompanied by a total prize of 200.000 Euro and numerous concerts worldwide.
We are happy and honored to have 3 Maltese composers: Karl Fiorini, Alexey Shor and Joseph Vella to write compulsory pieces for the competition.
My special thanks goes to the organizers of Austrian Piano Open competition: European Foundation for support of culture.
We welcome all the participants to beautiful Vienna and wish them the best of luck!
Artistic director of Austrian piano Open competition
We are proud to welcome you to the first edition of the Austrian Piano Open – International Piano Competition organized by European Foundation for Support of Culture, which is taking place in the capital city of classical music – Vienna.
The Austrian Piano Open – International Piano Competition makes part of the big series of 11 international piano competitions where 5 best participants of each competition will have a free participation in the Malta International Piano Competition 2018 in the framework of the “Malta International Music Festival 2018” which is dedicated to Valletta 2018, when the capital of Malta will become European Capital of Culture 2018!
The mission of the European Foundation for Support of Culture through the presentation of the Austrian Piano Open – International Piano Competition is to discover, promote, support and document the great masters of the keyboard emerging in this generation; to rediscover unusual repertoire while providing audiences with a unique musical experience; to build the audiences of the future to help ensure the very existence of classical music. Our focus is to give talents opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience on an international level and thus we are glad to attract pianists from different countries around the world!
I wish all participants good luck and invite classical music lovers to join us at the concerts!
With best regards and respect,
Mr. Konstantin Ishkhanov,
President of EFSC.
Kolonitzgasse 11, 1030 Vienna