The European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC) is a non-profit organization founded in Malta by an entrepreneur and philanthropist Konstantin Ishkhanov. It’s aimed at initiating and promoting cultural and educational projects in Europe, the Eurasian continent, North and South America and Asia.
A key objective of the Foundation is to introduce broad public access across Europe to the most prominent facets of world musical and cultural heritage. In pursuance of this goal, every year the Foundation holds numerous festivals, competitions, exhibitions, conferences, presentations, master-classes, workshops, round-tables, concerts and other events seeking to support and promote culture, to inspire interest in various types of modern art and to support young talented musicians and gifted children.
Another important role that the Foundation plays is to highlight and promote Maltese composers, musicians, ensembles and orchestras.
In Malta, the European Foundation for Support of Culture collaborates on a permanent basis with various institutions, such as the Embassy of Belgium, Embassy of Turkey, Embassy of Italy, Embassy of the Russian Federation, Embassy of Austria, German-Maltese Circle, Italian Cultural Institute, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Chinese Cultural Centre, Ministry of Justice, Culture and Local Government of Malta, Malta Tourism Authority, Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Astra Theatre, the Catholic Institute, Barocco Foundation, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Academy, Malta School of Music, Brigitte Gauci Borda School of Dance, Arts Council Malta, Programme for Promotion of Creative Development of Children and Young People, St. James Cavalier Concert Hall and many others.
Since its inception, the Foundation’s portfolio of festivals, international music competitions, concert series, world premieres, ballet productions, exhibitions and numerous other cultural events in various countries across the globe has become impressive. Among the most notable past events are the sponsorship of the 40th Jubilee Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2017 ceremony in London, the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Malta featuring highlighted by the debut performance of the new Crystal Palace ballet promoted by the European Foundation for Support of Culture and put on stage by dance directors and dancers of the Bolshoi Theatre and other famous Russian theatres, and the Malta International Music Festival 2018 during the year when Valletta was the European Capital of Culture – featuring many international world stars such as Grigory Sokolov, Maxim Vengerov, Salvatore Accardo, Nikolai Lugansky, Ray Chen among others; together with the world’s biggest series of 11 International Piano Competitions whose winners all competed at the Malta International Piano Competition 2018. The Foundation is a sponsor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2018 the EUFSC organized the MPO’s first ever international tour in the USA and Russia and the tour across Europe.
Education is also another important component in the range of cultural activities of the Foundation.
The calendar of cultural events of EUFSC reaches its climax with the Malta International Music Festival which is traditionally held every Spring, while 2019 also seen the start of the next big world series of 14 International Piano Competitions being held in Germany, Italy, France, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Russia, China, Japan, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Korea and the USA, leading to Malta 2021.