World Federation of Worldwide Music Competitions elects new president

World Federation of International Music Competitions elects new president

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The World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC), founded in 1957, is a global organization of internationally recognized music competitions.

After Kainrath held the position as Vice President at WFIMC, Kainrathth follows Didier Schnorhk in this capacity, who served as President for six years.

Graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Peter Paul Kainrath trained as a professional pianist and looks back on a 15-year performance career. He later switched to cultural management and directed festivals such as the Austrian “Klangspuren” and the Italian “Transart”.

He is currently artistic director of the Ferrucio Busoni piano competition and managing director of the ensemble for contemporary music Klangforum Wien. He is also the artistic director of the Busoni Mahler Foundation, which unites the Mahler Academy and the Busoni Competition.

“2021 will mark the beginning of a post-pandemic period,” he said. “The most important lesson we’ve learned? Big challenges can only be overcome with a global mindset!”

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