President of the “Classic Winds” International Competition
As President of the “Classic Winds” International Competition, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the fourth edition of our competition. Ever since the first iteration of this project, we have worked hard to make sure that each subsequent event is a step up from those of the past, both in terms of scope and ambition, as well as with regards to quality, and I can promise you that this fourth edition will be no exception.
Unlike previous editions, the 2023 Classic Winds competition will be held between February 6 and February 28, and shall, for the first time ever, be taking place in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai, one of the most magnificent and beautiful cities in the world. This global city will serve as the perfect backdrop to our competition, which shall this time be open to four different instruments within the wind category – namely flute, oboe, clarinet and saxophone – thereby giving more musicians the opportunity to showcase their abilities, test their limits, and win awards and prizes that will help them further their musical careers.
From its very inception, this contest was designed with the aim of helping young, talented artists achieve their potential, and its expansion into the Middle East is indicative of this core mission, and marks an exciting new chapter for Classic Winds. Aspiring professional musicians in this region will now have the same chances and experiences as those that their counterparts in other areas of the world have been benefiting from for years, and it is our firm hope that through the example set by Classic Winds and the other competitions, festivals and academies that we organise, more and more individuals and institutions shall see the potential that lies in this region, and take action to realise it.
I would like to thank all of you here for joining us in our love and appreciation for classical music, and for proving once again that music is truly the universal language, capable of transcending all borders and boundaries. I trust that all our audience members will be able to enjoy this production we have worked so hard on, and to our competitors I wish the very best of luck. May all your hard work and preparation pay off!
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.