From the 23rd of May to the 1st of June 2022, the European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC) will present the inaugural edition of the Chamber Classic International Competition in Dubai, UAE.
Some of the most distinguished strings artists have been invited to be part of the board and are the following: Chair of the jury and founder of the string quartets agency Impresariat Simmenauer, Sonia Simmenauer (Germany); founding member of the Jerusalem Quartet, violinist Sergei Bresler (Israel); performer at some of the most esteemed music halls around the world, violinist Karen Shahgaldyan (Russia/Armenia); winner of the Gaspar Cassado International Cello Competition and founding member of the Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch, cellist Raphael Wallfisch (UK).
Moreover, the following musicians are also part of the prestigious jury: bronze medal at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1987, pianist Chia Chou (Canada); founder of the Trio Wanderer, pianist Vincent Coq (France); winner of the Moscow National Piano Competition and prize awarded at the International Warsaw Chopin Competition, Pavel Gililov (Germany/Austria); first prize at the Munich ARD International Music Competition and juror for different International competitions, piano performer Joseph Paratore (US); founder member and first director of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, pianist and pedagogue Tomer Lev (Israel); founder, chief conductor and Artistic Director of Sinfonia Rotterdam, conductor Conrad Van Alphen (Netherlands).
To participate, there is a total fee of €150 and the only entry restriction is that the combined age of the members cannot exceed 120 years as of 23rd May 2022. The total prize fund is €60,000, being awarded to the top three participants: €30,000 (1st); €15,000 (2nd); €9,000 (3rd) and a special prize for the best performance of a Maltese composition (€6,000). The competition is divided into three rounds and contestants will have to choose between some of the greatest classical music pieces. During the 2nd round, pianists will perform Seven Pieces for Piano Trio by Composer-In-Residence Alexey Shor.