UK Piano Open • International Piano Competition
LondonUnited Kingdom
30 May – 2 June · 2023

Dear Friends,

I am very proud to welcome you all to London for the second edition of the UK Piano Open, which will be taking place between the 30th of May and 2nd of June 2023.

From its very foundation, it has always been one of CMDI’s primary goals to work towards supporting and promoting talented young artists so as to foster their growth and help them reach the next stage of their professional careers. We have always believed that large-scale competitions are one of the best avenues to help musicians achieve the global recognition and exposure they deserve, and thus, are thrilled to be bringing such a high-level contest to London once again, a place that is universally recognised as one of the major music capitals of the world.

Moreover, this edition of the UK Piano Open also forms part of the ’14 Ways to Dubai’ initiative, a two-year project consisting of 14 international piano competitions held around the globe, with the five top-ranked participants in each event being invited to compete at the third edition of the ‘Classic Piano’ International Competition which will be held in Dubai, UAE, in 2024. This means that success in this competition will not merely lead to plaudits in its own right, but also provide the opportunity for the pianists to achieve even bigger milestones, as they go head-to-head with other champions in Dubai.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our local and international partners in this endeavour, without whom none of this would have been possible. Lastly, I would also like to extend my gratitude to our esteemed jury members, whose professionalism and commitment to the young generation of pianists is truly unmatched. Collectively, this board represents some of the brightest stars in the international piano world, and I am honoured that they have chosen to join us here.

May this experience prove to be a memorable and enjoyable one for all, especially our participants, regardless of where they will ultimately rank. This competition aims to provide an effective platform for you to not only showcase your technique, skills and professionalism, but also your personality and knowledge when interpreting the compositions you will be performing. I urge you all to make the most of this opportunity and take as much from it as you can to aid you in your musical journeys.

I wish you good luck and success, and may you all have an unforgettable time here in London!

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