Konstantin Ishkhanov

Born on the 23rd of January 1970 in Baku, Azerbaijan Konstantin Ishkhanov has now gone on to become one of the world’s leading cultural philanthropists, spearheading countless initiatives around the globe within the realms of classical music, ballet, opera, motion pictures, and many more. 

From early life, Konstantin Ishkhanov was surrounded by arts and culture, with his parents both being heavily involved in the sector and fostering an appreciation for cultural heritage that would remain with him all his life. 

In later years, he put this appreciation to good use and began to focus his efforts on cultural projects, dedicating himself to the strengthening of international cultural relations and educational development and laying the groundwork for various major projects, many of which have now gone on to become internationally-established endeavours with a wide international following. In addition, Konstantin Ishkhanov is the President of many  highly-esteemed competitions. Together, these projects represent some of the most important contemporary entries in the world of music competitions, offering daring new formats, an unprecedented global reach, record-breaking prizes and awards, and jury panels made up of the most celebrated classical music personalities active today.

Konstantin Ishkhanov is also behind the organisation of several major original productions, including ice shows, ballet performances, among many others, and is further involved in hundreds of other projects, ranging from music academies, concerts and conferences to exhibitions, international tours, movies and many more, in various different capacities.

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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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.

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