The concept of ppIANISSIMO International Festival of Contemporary Piano Music is unique on worldwide level, and for years it has been the only forum in Bulgaria entirely dedicated to the music of today. Mainly focused on the endless possibilities of the piano as a keyboard and percussion instrument, the festival is a workshop for contemporary art – a creative platform for recognised and debut musicians alike, studying the aesthetics and the most current trends in contemporary music.
ppIANISSIMO is a kind of generator for new performers and a stimulator for new music. Up till now, over 310 performers from as many as 30 countries have participated in the 19 editions of the festival, and works by over 400 composers, representing over 50 countries round the world, have been presented. A significant part of the performers and composers who made their debut at ppIANISSIMO have already become leading names of contemporary culture. Almost all of the performances in the festival’s concerts are Bulgarian or world premieres, and the best of them show the way for the art music of tomorrow.
As a significant international event, ppIANISSIMO generates great interest outside Bulgaria. We receive tons of scores all the time, as well as lots of participation requests from all over the world. Thanks to this unabating interest and continuous media support, the festival has spread beyond the walls of the concert hall and multiplied the followers of the contemporary music, thus expanding the sphere of its social influence. The reactions of the public, media and society concerning all editions of ppIANISSIMO have been markedly positive
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