Dear ladies and gentlemen,
Back in 2017, Astana had the honour of being the location chosen to host the inaugural edition of the Eurasian Stars International Piano Competition, which immediately proved to be a huge success. Since then, the competition has only moved from strength to strength and now, in 2023, we find ourselves in the wonderful position of being able to welcome you back to Kazakhstan once again to celebrate the fifth iteration of this marvellous event.
Once again, Astana looks to be transformed into a global capital of classical music, providing a platform for talented young pianists from all over the world to showcase their skills and abilities. For many of you, these few days will mark your professional debuts, and this year the competition will be even more exciting since it will be forming part of the ’’14 Ways to Dubai’’, which means that the top-performing pianists shall get the chance to participate in the Classic Piano International Competition which will be taking place in Dubai in 2024.
I would like to thank Konstantin Ishkhanov and CMDI Group for working tirelessly to bring this competition to Kazakhstan, as well as all of you who will be joining us here in April. I am sure that each one of you will gain unforgettable memories, invaluable professional advice, and new friends from this experience, to the benefit of your own selves as well as our art.
Congratulations on being here, and may good fortune smile on you all!