I am very proud to welcome you all to Spain for the first edition of the Classical Barcelona International Piano Competition, which will be taking place between the 5th and 8th of October 2023.
It has always been one of our primary goals to work towards supporting and promoting talented young artists so as to foster their growth and help them reach the next stage of their professional careers. We have always believed that large-scale competitions are one of the best avenues to help musicians achieve the global recognition and exposure they deserve, and thus, are thrilled to be bringing such a high-level contest to Spain for the first time.
Moreover, this inaugural edition of the Classical Barcelona International Piano Competition also forms part of the ’14 Ways to Dubai’ initiative, a two-year project consisting of 14 international piano competitions held around the globe, with the five top-ranked participants in each event being invited to compete at the third edition of the ‘Classic Piano’ International Competition which will be held in Dubai, UAE, in 2024. This means that success in this competition will not merely lead to plaudits in its own right, but also provide the opportunity for the pianists to achieve even bigger milestones, as they go head-to-head with other champions in Dubai.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our local and international partners in this endeavour, without whom none of this would have been possible. Lastly, I would also like to extend my gratitude to our esteemed jury members, whose professionalism and commitment to the young generation of pianists is truly unmatched. Collectively, this board represents some of the brightest stars in the international piano world, and I am honoured that they have chosen to join us here.
May this experience prove to be a memorable and enjoyable one for all, especially our participants, regardless of where they will ultimately rank. This competition aims to provide an effective platform for you to not only showcase your technique, skills and professionalism, but also your personality and knowledge when interpreting the compositions you will be performing. I urge you all to make the most of this opportunity and take as much from it as you can to aid you in your musical journeys.
I wish you good luck and success, and may you all have an unforgettable time here in Barcelona!
President of "Classical Barcelona" International Piano Competition
Mr. Konstantin Ishkhanov