European Foundation
for Support of Culture

The European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC) is a non-profit organisation established in Malta whose aim is to promote cultural and educational projects in Europe, Asia and America.

Every year the EUFSC holds numerous festivals, competitions, exhibitions, conferences, presentations, master-classes, workshops and other events, in order to support arts and give opportunities to young talented musicians and gifted children. Moreover, the Foundation actively promotes Maltese composers, musicians, ensembles and orchestras, collaborating with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) and contemporary composer Alexey Shor.

The EUFSC regularly works with various foreign and domestic governmental and cultural institutions such as the Embassy of Belgium, Embassy of Turkey, Embassy of Italy, Embassy of the Russian Federation, Embassy of Austria, German-Maltese Circle, Italian Cultural Institute, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Chinese Cultural Centre, Ministry of Justice, Culture and Local Government of Malta, Malta Tourism Authority, Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Astra Theatre, the Catholic Institute, Barocco Foundation, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Academy, Malta School of Music, Brigitte Gauci Borda School of Dance, Arts Council Malta, Programme for Promotion of Creative Development of Children and Young People, St. James Cavalier Concert Hall, amongst many others.

Amongst EUFSC most notable past events are the sponsorship of the 40th Jubilee Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2017 ceremony in London, the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Malta featuring a debut performance of the contemporary Crystal Palace ballet organised by the EUFSC in collaboration with the Bolshoi Theatre and the International Music Festival 2018 featuring renowned international artists including Grigory Sokolov, Maxim Vengerov and Salvatore Accardo, Nikolai Lugansky and Ray Chen. The International Music Festival 2018 was officially endorsed by the V18 Foundation, the institution established to oversee Malta’s cultural ventures as part of the European Capital of Culture 2018 Award, and incorporated the final stage of the “11 Ways to Malta” International Piano Competition of the same year, bringing finalists from across the globe to Malta to compete in the final rounds. The Foundation is also a proud sponsor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) and in 2018 organised the MPO’s first ever international tour of the USA and Russia.

Furthermore, the Foundation gives fundamental relevance to education, organising masterclasses and seminars by some of the most esteemed professors, with the aim to help promising upcoming talents to develop their musical understanding and technical skills.

The Foundation’s calendar of cultural events reaches its annual climax with the Malta International Music Festival, traditionally held every Spring and known nowadays as InClassica International Music Festival. Since 2018, this festival has incorporated the Malta International Piano Competition, the upcoming edition of which included preliminary rounds in Germany, Italy, France, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Russia, China, Japan, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom, South Korea and the USA. The winners of each competition will attend the final stage scheduled to take place in Malta in 2021.

History of ‘Modern Composers’

Inaugural edition · 2016

The Modern Composers International Music Festival, previously known as Festival of Modern Composers, took place for the first time in Malta between the 6th and 9th of October 2016 at the Robert Samut Hall in Floriana, Malta, with Maltese composer and conductor Joseph Vella as Composer-In-Residence and the European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC) and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) as organisers. The festival featured competitions between young performers, judged by jury members, and day time concerts.

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2018 Edition

The 2nd edition of Modern Composers International Music Festival happened two years later, in 2018, as part of the prestigious InClassica International Music Festival, previously known as Malta International Music Festival, involving competitions between young musicians, a large number of masterclasses held by some of the most esteemed classical music professors and pedagogues and concerts by some of the greatest soloists and conductors.

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2019 Edition

In 2019, the EUFSC announced the 3rd edition of Modern Composers International Music Festival, known in that year as Contemporary Classics Composers’ Festival, in collaboration with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (ASSO) and the Armenian Ministry of Education, Science, Culture, and Sports.

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Konstantin Ishkhanov

Konstantin Eduardovich Ishkhanov is a businessman and philanthropist, as well as being the Founder and President of the European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC).

Konstantin Ishkhanov is a businessman and philanthropist, Founder and President of the European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC) and of the Modern Composers International Music Festival. He was born in Baku, USSR, on January 23rd 1970, from Armenian parents who have always been involved in the world of arts and culture. His mother, in fact, would often perform classical music.

In the late 1980s, Ishkhanov entered the Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University when, shortly after his enrolment, he was enlisted into the Soviet military.

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European Foundation for Support of Culture

Office 6, Westin Dragonara Resort,
Dragonara Road, St Julians, Malta