Waiting to meet in Sacile in 2022 the pianists for the final rounds of the International piano competition PianoFVG, the spectators can watch by web the audition of the SPECIAL PRIZE CEI CENTRAL EUROPEAN INITIATIVE KOSTANDIN TASHKO (ALBANIA)


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The pandemic situation in Italy and around the world make difficult the course of the final rounds of the International piano competition PianoFVG, the Jury and the Artistic Direction of the Competition announce the online publications of the First and Second Round of the finalists and at the same time  the possibility to admire the execution of the pieces of the winners of  Special Prizes.

Between those will be possible to hear as a “first preview “ of the performance in Sacile, Zancanaro Theatre, also the Specil Prize CEI-Central European Initiative, the albanian pianist Kostandin Tashko click and watch the audition of the SPECIAL PRIZE CEI CENTRAL EUROPEAN INITIATIVE KOSTANDIN TASHKO (ALBANIA) (Stage 1Stage 2), considered the best competitor coming from CEI Countries (except Italy).

Kostandin Tashko, born in 1997 in Tirana attend courses and masterclass with the most famous Maestri in Europe area (A. Delle Vigne, R. Dalidaltayan, O. Gardon, D. Tomsic, V. Balzani, C. Elton, P. Gililov) with Prizes and recognitions received in Albania, Italy, Slovenia, Macedonia, Kosovo, England, France and Switzerland.

Among his concert performances there are may recitals in prestigious festivals, which Teatro dell’Opera albanese, il Teatro Verdi di Trieste, il Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, il Festival di Ljubljana, Mittelfest, Heidelberg Piano Festival and Orchestra like I Virtuosi Italiani, Orchestra sinfonica del Teatro Verdi, Orchestra televisiva nazionale albanese.

Currently, Kostandin Tashko being completing the degree in Conservatorio G. Tartini of Trieste with the prof. Teresa Trevisan and follow lessons at the Accademia di Pinerolo con Benedetto Lupo, and he is recipient of a scholarship by the Williamson Foundation (USA).

The presence of the CEI Area is represented between the finalists and winners of Special Prizes of Piano FVG: two are the italian pianists, Matteo Bevilacqua (Udine, 1997) and Nicolas Giacomelli (Bologna, 1998), winner with the Special Scholarship Giuseppe Molinari, pianist and composer of Sacile of which the Competition from few years has decided to focus  the attention of competitors in his compositions.

Another competitor, not selected for final rounds, and coming for CEI Countries is Mariia Iudenko (Ukraine), winner of the CEI Prize in 2016 and this year awarded for the best execution of a piece composed after year 1900 (Sonata op. 22 n. 1 of A. Ginastera)

The audition are available on Piano FVG youtube channel, clicking on this link: link

CEI Piano Forum – Musical Diplomacy

Creating a meeting space between young musicians and personalities from the musical and artistic world from CEI countries and other European institutions, stimulating dialogue and comparison, creating opportunities for exchanging ideas and good practices, is the goal of the CEI Piano Forum, an event related to the PianoFVG international piano competition, directed by Davide Fregona, whose first selection phase was recently completed on the web.

The 4th edition of the Forum, created in partnership with CEI-Central European Initiative and coordinated for PianoFVG by Chiara Mutton, took place online last March 12, with the particular support of the FVG Region, the Friuli Foundation and the Municipality of Sacile, together with Musicae, the piano cultural discrict chaired by Dory Deriu Frasson. The chosen theme concerned the "Musical Diplomacy", meaning that music (and more generally culture) is a fundamental part of relations between peoples, thanks to universality of its message and the usual possibilities of contact between musicians given by their mobility for study or career reasons. Obviously the subject was chosen before the Covid-19 pandemic, however now the situation offered new points of discussion.

The panel of speakers who contributed to the Forum presented representatives of the artistic and academic world of music at European level. The conversation featured the pianist and director of PianoFVG Davide Fregona, the Spanish pianist Carles Lama, teacher and cultural promoter, founder of the music label KNS Classical, the Austrian pianist and teacher Johannes Kropfitsch, the theater director Haris Pašović, from Sarajevo, former artistic director of Mittelfest for the last three years, and the young Polish pianist Tymoteusz Jan Bies, winner of the PianoFVG 2018 Competition.

At the end of the meeting, the Jury of the PianoFVG Competition, chaired by the famous pianist Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak, dean of Slovenian pianism, announced the 7 most deserving competitors to continue the journey towards the final and the 5 special prizes.

Among them, three competitors of the CEI area have been awarded: Kostandin Tashko (Albania) "CEI-Central European Initiative" 2021 Award; Nicolas Giacomelli (Italy), for the scholarship dedicated to Giuseppe Molinari, and Mariia iudenko (Ukraine), formerly the CEI Award in 2016, today awarded for the best performance of the piece composed after 1900 (the Sonata op. 22 n.1 by A. Ginastera).

The competitors admitted to the final phase will meet in the coming months at Sacile (Italy) for the final auditions which include a performance at the Zancanaro Theater with the Romanian State Philharmonic Orchestra.


CEI CENTRAL EUROPEAN INITIATIVE: https://www.cei.int/news/9021/cei-piano-forum-celebrates-musical-diplomacy