Kickstart the OPC 2013!

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After a first successful competition in London last October, financed entirely by ourselves, we have launched the Open Piano Competition 2013 as a project on Kickstarter, for a period of 60 days in order to invite backers to help us raise funds for it second edition in Turin, next October. Our goal is to raise £5000 in this period, which will greatly help us in securing some of the vital components we need for the second competition to be an even bigger success.

So, why should you back the Open Piano Competition?

The Open Piano Competition (OPC) is founded on the concept that pianists, both professional and those whose profession is not connected to playing the piano, are able to perform alongside and compete against each other in the same competition, for the same prizes. There's no upper age limit, so if you're thinking of getting back to playing after a long time off and need a goal to aim for, or you are an established pianist already and want another performance and competition opportunity, then this is the competition for you.

Last year we were featured in BBC's In Tune programme with Clara Rodriguez, one of our panel of judges, as part of their piano season, which we felt was a massive achievement given our scant exposure prior to the event itself.

The OPC is clearly onto something. We are new, unique, fresh and fair, and we want to grow. Last year despite our relative anonymity, we gained the support of one of the biggest names in the classical piano world as our jury chairman, Dr. Leslie Howard, and we we attracted 41 pianists from 19 countries around the world, whose age ranged from a young 18 to a ripe 76 years old!

Here are some things our competitors and colleagues said about us:

Valentin Bogolubov, winner of OPC 2012 1st Prize: "the OPC is so unique, so important and such a beautiful initiative that you must continue to give the opportunity to pianists in the world!!"

Marianna Prjevalskaya, OPC Artistic Director: "I am very happy that this competition offers the opportunity to performers who are beyond 30, beyond 40 years old. We have competitors who are 64, and I can see that they are wonderful. I am so happy that they have the opportunity to perform and to compete, and hopefully get the prize."

Clara Rodriguez, OPC 2012 judge: "With music, one should be able to just carry on developing, and it gives freedom to people to be able to present their work at any age, and that's really important. It's a fantastic idea that this piano competition has launched."

Yuki Negishi, OPC 2012 judge: "I'm very excited about this competition because it mixes professionals and amateurs, I think that's a very innovative idea, and I've never heard of it before..and I sense a very friendly atmosphere. Amateurs often have other careers, maybe they aspired to become a concert pianist when they were younger, so they trained hard, or maybe they are be so gifted that they can simply do many things, so why rule them out?!"

Dominic Smith, winner of OPC 2012 3rd prize: "This is the fourth competition I've done but the other three have been all specifically amateur, so it's really exciting. Although this is a competition, it's a really nice and new idea to bring musicians together. It's being done for the music. For me, the music is an escape and it's something I need to be able to do my job."

If reading these testimonials hasn't prompted you to want to back us, then please click here, or on the Kickstarter widget on the right hand side of our webpage, read more about us and watch a short video filmed on the first day of our competition last October in Steinway Hall, London.

Help us reach our goal and make the OPC 2013 an event for the City of Turin to be proud of!