Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, honorary members of the jury, participants and guests!
Welcome to the 1st "German Piano Open" International Piano Competition!
First, I would like to thank the "European Foundation for Support of Culture" for inviting me to join the board of this newly born competition as an artistic adviser. With great pleasure and respect I will share my experiences and be a part in the creation of this piano contest in my beloved city - Hannover, which is known as a Piano Capital of Germany.
The panel of the International Jury consists of worldwide recognized members from different countries, including performers and teachers, directors of festivals and music producers, conductors and critics.
I am delighted to announce, that a part of the competition program will be dedicated to a wonderful contemporary composer, Alexey Shor, who has endowed all participants to perform one of his pieces for piano solo at the first round and especially his new composition for the piano and orchestra at the final round. The possibility to choose a free solo program and the concerto for the final stage gives a great chance for the participants to amaze their audience and will definitely make the contest even more attractive to the audience.
I believe, that "German Piano Open" will become a new effective podium, where the pianists will share their personality, professionalism and knowledge in a traditional "competition-repertoire" as well as their understanding and fantasy in the commissioned compositions.
I wish a wonderful time to the members of the Jury, good luck to all participants, and , as I always would repeat : Please, don't play for the Jury.