Held at the Minor Basilica of the Convent of Saint Francis of Assisi, the inaugural gala includes performances by French violinist Chloe Kiffer, together with Alexandre Moutouzkine (Russia), and accompanied by the Lyceum Orchestra of Havana, conducted by Maestro Jose Antonio Mendez.
The contest highlights the return to Havana of artists Inesa Sinkevych (Ukraine), Wael Farouk (Egypt) and Moutouzkine himself, and de debut in Havana of pianists Kirill Gerstein (Russia-US) and Katia Skanavi (Greece).
Among the Asian representatives stand out South Korean musician Yeontaek Oh, winner of the Frechilla-Zuloaga Prize in Spain, and Guangshou Tian, from China, who was invited for the first time.
Already acclaimed pianists such as Marcos Madrigal and Ernesto Oliva will represent Cuba, along with the new generation, which includes Malva Rodriguez, Christian Perez, Daniel Rodriguez and Sofia Iraola.
The international repertoire consists of works by Inesa Sinkevych, winner of the National Music Prize; Leo Brouwer and Ernesto Oliva, both from Cuba, together with a selection of pieces from Cuban heritage composed by Roberto Valera, Juan Piñera, Jose Maria Vitier and Aldo Lopez-Gavilan, with accompaniment by the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.
Organized by the Esteban Salas Musical Heritage Office and the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana, the concert season reserves almost twenty concerts with orchestra, recitals and master classes by 14 performers from nine nations.