OPC is granted Moral Patronage of the Slovak Republic

Repertoire for the OPC can include any contemporary or modern works and for the final round, candidates are given a free choice of repertoire for their programmes. This year and next year, the OPC is offering an additional prize for the best performance of music by a Slovak composer, living or dead, to help encourage interest in the competition from candidates living in the Slovak Republic and abroad, and to promote Slovak music and culture.

Through the promotion of this initiative which aims also to take the OPC to Bratislava in 2014, the OPC has attracted the attention of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Rome. Maria Krasnohorsku, Slovak Ambassador to Italy, has granted the OPC, on behalf of the Embassy, the 'Moral Patronage' of the Slovak Republic, stating: "Considering the objective of the edition of the competition which looks to present works by classical and modern Slovak composers, and also to give visibility to professional and non professional musicians, the Embassy of the Slovak Republic is pleased to confer the Moral Patronage to the initiative."

We are very grateful to Ambassador Maria Krasnohorsku for considering us for this patronage. We hope that it will encourage many more entrants to the competition this year and next.

Details of the Slovak Prize will appear on the website on due course.

To apply please visit www.openpianocompetition.com/apply