Please note that owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Classic Piano International Competition has been rescheduled to 15th August – 4th September 2021.

Full announcement here.

Whilst we understand the disappointment this will cause, we believe this to be in the best interests of our audiences, competitors, visiting artists and staff, and are confident this will lead to an even more successful competition later this year. In the meantime, we wish each and every one of you a safe and prosperous spring, and we look forward to welcoming you to Classic Piano.

If you have any queries, please contact us at: festival@eufsc.eu or telephone +356 2787 7705..

Due to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 situation, please be aware that more public health measures may be announced in the coming weeks. We strongly advise checking the government’s official website for full details.

(Please note that the EUFSC is not responsible for the content of external websites).

15 August - 4 September 2021

In 2021 the second grand edition of the “Classic Piano” Malta International Piano Competition will be held in the historic capital city of Valletta in an event which will bring together 70 extraordinary young performers from across the world in a spectacular display of musicality, tenacity and prodigious skill.

Following preceding stages in Austria, USA, China, Israel, Japan, Italy, South Korea, Switzerland, UK, Belgium, Russia, Armenia and Germany as part of the “14 ways to Malta” International Piano Competition 2021, this final stage of the competition invites the top five ranked participants from each event to compete in Malta for a total prize fund of €300,000.

The final stage of the competition will be held in four rounds with candidates required to perform a range of classical and contemporary repertoire including works by the event’s Composer-In-Residence, Alexey Shor.

The competition is organised by the European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC) represented by its President, Konstantin Ishkhanov. The EUFSC is a Malta-based non-profit organisation which works to promote cultural and educational engagement around the world via a range of projects including concerts, masterclasses, conferences, competitions and festivals.

“Music is the universal language of mankind” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Dear friends,

On behalf of myself and everyone at the EUFSC we are incredibly proud and delighted to welcome you to the second edition of the “Classic Piano” International Piano Competition here in Malta.

We have enlisted the assistance of esteemed professors from all over the world in our bid to find the five best participants to compete for the grand prize of €300,000 here in Malta, in a final stage that will push the competitors to the limits of their abilities as they demonstrate their professionalism, technical skills, knowledge and, most importantly, their musicality and personality. 

As we launch into this prestigious event the EUFSC reaffirms its commitment to re-discover and document the great masters of the classical tradition, to promote and support the young generation of upcoming artists and to build the audiences of the future to help ensure the continued existence of this art form that we all appreciate so much. 

I welcome you all to the “Classic Piano” International Piano Competition in Malta and I wish our competitors every success.

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


Dear friends and music lovers,

Following the success of the previous competition in 2018 I am very glad to welcome you to the second edition of the “Classic Piano” International Piano Competition in Malta.

I am especially thrilled to welcome our young pianists from all over the world who will be competing in this final stage, and I sincerely hope they will enjoy their performances here in Malta. 

It is our wish that this competition will encourage musicians from all over the world to learn from each other and to continue to express their passion for music as they advance in their careers.

I am grateful to the European Foundation for Support of Culture for the opportunity it is giving to these talented young pianists, and also to the respected jury members who I know will prove most insightful and whose experience will be invaluable throughout the event. 

I wish all of you an enjoyable and inspirational time here as you join us for this wonderful competition!

Best regards, 
Constantine Orbelian,
Conductor and pianist, the chairman of the “Classic Piano” competition



Constantine Orbelian
conductor and pianist, chairman of the “Classic Piano”:
— I am thrilled with the general quality of the organization, the pianists and the choice of repertoire. This competition has the highest prize in the world. It is absolutely amazing and extraordinary opportunity for the musicians.
Anna Ulaieva
the winner of the “Classic Piano” 2018:
— It was such a great and warm atmosphere.
My heart was very happy every time I was playing at this competition.