Shanghai International Music Festival and Piano Competition for Young Artists

Dear Friends!

It is my genuine pleasure to welcome you all to Shanghai for the 2023 Shanghai International Music Festival and Piano Competition for Young Artists, which will be taking place between the 11th and 14th of August 2023.

From its foundation, CMDI has always worked to support and promote talented young artists so as to foster their growth and help them reach the next stage of their professional careers. With the 13th edition of this historic and storied event, we are bringing together two of the most important factors for any prospective professional musician in one location – the chance for them to experience world-class musicians in action, and the opportunity for them to put the years of practice and hard work to the test. With these two facets combined together, this initiative will help to inspire and educate the musicians of tomorrow, while giving the best among them the ideal avenue to help them achieve the global recognition and exposure they deserve.

Moreover, this edition of the Shanghai International Music Festival and Piano Competition for Young Artists 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 contest 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. I would also like to extend my gratitude to all the musicians who will be joining us in Shanghai, as well as 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 be with 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 event 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.

Good luck and success to all, and may you have an unforgettable time in Shanghai!

With best regards and respect,  
Mr. Konstantin Ishkhanov,
President of European Foundation for Support of Culture