The Coimbra World Piano Meeting, which runs from February 2 to 9, will bring together about 80 young people from different countries in the city, where they will give concerts and learn from conservatory teachers and international universities.
The fourth edition of the meeting has young people between the ages of 12 and 35, coming from countries like Canada, Venezuela, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia, South Korea, France and Italy. said Manuel Araújo, director of the International Academy of Music Aquiles Delle Vigne, which organizes the event in conjunction with the Chamber of Coimbra.
According to the official, only 5% of the participants are Portuguese, and there has been a growing recognition and interest in the worldwide meeting from year to year, whether by the number of participants, teachers interested in going to Coimbra, or in the structures they want to collaborate.
The meeting brings together a contest that nominates the best young pianist of the event, almost daily concerts in which young people can attend and many hours of training, he said.
The program includes lecturers from institutions such as the prestigious American Juilliard School, the University of Calgary (Canada), the Hochschule (University / High School) in Hannover (Germany), the Tokyo Music University (Japan), the Piccinni Conservatoire Bari (Italy) and the University of Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria).
The World Encounter starts with an opening concert, performed by the young participants, at the Conservatory of Music of Coimbra, at 09:30.
On June 06, at the Center of Arts and Shows of Figueira da Foz, there will be a final competition of the contest by the participants, accompanied by the Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, and in the end, will be announced the great winner.
On February 8, they give a concert at the Gil Vicente Cultural Center in Sardoal (Santarém), and the event ends at 09:00 at 5:00 p.m., with a concert of the participants, accompanied by the Classical Orchestra of the Center, where they perform at the Convento São Francisco de Coimbra works by Carlos Seixas, Bach and Mozart.
Almost every day, there will be concerts of the participants, not only in the Music Conservatory of Coimbra but also in the Machado de Castro Museum and in the Major Seminary of Coimbra.
Apart from the closing concert, all the rest are free admission, explained Manuel Araújo.