New dates have been set for the 16th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition

The 16th edition, that was postponed due to the Corona-virus crisis, has now been rescheduled to
April 18 – May 3, 2021.

Idith Zvi, who served as the Artistic Director of the Arthur Rubinstein International Society, retired after 20 years with the competition, of which 3 years as Deputy Director and 17 as Artistic Director.

The competition will be held under the artistic direction of pianist Ariel Cohen, former director of the Rishon Lezion Israel Symphony Orchestra (Opera Orchestra), who was appointed to the position upon Idith’s retirement.

“This is a new and exciting stage in my relationship with the Rubinstein Competition.
A relationship that started when I attended the first competition, as a piano student, and continued in the second competition when, as a young radio correspondence, I had the privilege of interviewing Arthur Rubinstein.”

“I served as a board member of the Rubinstein Society for 20 years and as Chairman for the past nine years” says Ariel Cohen, the Artistic Director of the Rubinstein Society. “I thank Idith Zvi for the many years in which she managed the Competition with dedication. Idith has created new collaborations for the Rubinstein Society and marched it forward towards innovative international musical ventures, while nurturing the young generation of talented pianists around the world.”

About the Competition, he added: “The Corona pandemic that broke out near the start of the 16th Competition, altered our plans. But, as we initially announced, the Competition was not canceled, but postponed to a new date. I am glad that we were able, in a short time, to coordinate between all those involved – judges, competitors, musicians, orchestras and hall directors – and we managed to set dates for this coming spring. All competitors admitted to the postponed competition, were invited to participate on the new dates. We are pleased that all but one, have reconfirmed their participation.”

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