Classic Winds

Calendar48The European Foundation for Support of Culture together with
the Hamburg Conservatoire have held the Classic Winds festival
and competition for wind instrumentalists, and more specifically,
saxophonists and clarinettists.
The opening of the festival in which world-renowned musicians, jury
members and invited world stars of classical music have participated,
took place on May 6 in Hamburg (Germany).
As part of this event, concerts were held in the best music
halls of Hamburg: in the Forum-Grand Hall of the Hamburg
Conservatoire and in the Alfred Schnittke International
The panel of judges was made up of Andreas Ottensamer, soloist at
the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Arno Bornkamp, professor at the
Conservatoire of Amsterdam; Sergei Smbatyan, director of the Armenian
State Symphony Orchestra; Margarita Shaposhnikova, professor at the
Gnessin Music Academy; Shirly Brill, professor at the Barenboim-Said
Academy (Israel) among others.
The final round of the competition took place during the closing
concert of the festival. Young talented artists assisted by a chamber
orchestra performed works of famous composers, among which there
were in an obligatory performance of a work by a Maltese composer.
The total prize pool was Eur 20,000.