Dubai to Host Third Edition of Classic Piano International Festival in 2024
When it was first organised back in 2018, the Classic Piano International Competition introduced a new format that had at that point never been seen before in the world of classical music, with that inaugural edition featuring no fewer than 11 preliminary rounds, each of which was held in a different country around the world, and all of which led up to the Grand Finale which took place in the Mediterranean island of Malta.
Heralding in a new, truly international spirit to the world of musical contests, the success and acclaim which met this first iteration meant that the competition soon returned for its second edition, which took place in 2021 with far grander ambition than the first, since the number of preliminary competitions — and hosting locations — were increased from 11 to 14, and the competition’s Grand Finale was moved to the global city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Now, in 2024, the third edition of this groundbreaking competition is soon set to land amongst us. Taking place in Dubai once more, this latest incarnation of Classic Piano shall be the culmination of two years of international high-level competitions which are currently being held at music capitals all around the world as part of the globe-circling ‘14 Ways to Dubai’ initiative.
By the time the competition opens in February 2024, Austria, the USA, France, Malta, Italy, Armenia, Germany, Belgium, Israel, Russia, South Korea, China, Japan and Switzerland shall all have played host to one of the 14 preliminary events, with seven being held in 2022 and a further seven scheduled to take place in 2023. Dubai audiences can look forward to breathtaking performances in this clash of champions, as the five top-ranked contestants of each of these precursory contests will be testing themselves against each other over four stringent rounds for a total prize fund of €250,000 awaiting the most accomplished.
Over the course of the three-week competition, these participants will be analysed on every facet of their musical skill set, with each phase being specifically designed to ensure that all aspects of their musiDubai to Host Third Edition of Classic Piano International Festival in 2024cal abilities will be put to the challenge. Classic Piano also boasts a diverse and wide-ranging repertoire, with pianists being asked to perform pieces from across the entire spectrum of the corpus, including works from the pen of the event’s Composer-In-Residence, Alexey Shor, so as to ensure their versatility and roundedness as musicians.
In true adherence to the belief that music can bring together all nations and races from every corner of the world, the Classic Piano International Piano Competition 2024 is open to pianists of all nationalities, with the only criteria for eligibility being the individual’s skill and determination. Music is, after all, a universal language, and Classic Piano looks to celebrate this by bringing together people from so many disparate countries, united solely through their shared love and appreciation for this fundamental medium of human expression.