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OCTOBER 23, 2010

We have just received good news from one of the winners of “The Muse Junior” 2010, a 7-year-old flutist Yi Ting Ong from Singapore, that she has been chosen as a 1st prize winner in the Junior Category of the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition 2010. As a main reward Yi Ting will be performing in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York on October 24.

We would like to sincerely congratulate her with such success and wish her and her older brother Hong Kai, who was also a first prize winner at “The Muse Junior” 2010, all the best!

SEPTEMBER 19, 2010

The 2nd International Music Competition “The Muse Junior” has come to an end. Participants have taken their trophies and left home. We are concluding last details of the event and already looking forward to the next competition. We’ll have to wait another year for that, but it’s worth it! This year competition attracted young musicians from Singapore, Russia, Germany, Armenia, Greece, Serbia, Romania, and other countries. Despite their young age they demonstrated professional approach in performing complex pieces with confidence and maturity. The absolute joy they brought to their audience was appreciated by enthusiastic applause and was fully merited. They deserve our highest of praise.

The results of the competition can be found here.

JULY 30, 2010

We have finalized the competition schedule and updated the corresponding pages. Please follow the link to see the final schedule of "The Muse Junior" competition posted in the Rules section of the website.

JUNE 18, 2010

Due to changes in the working schedule of the organizing committee of "The Muse Junior" competition, deadline has been moved to July 20, 2010.

MAY 11, 2010

UPDATE: All our phone lines are working now. You may also use our phone number +30 210 682 5959 if you have any questions. Though, email still is a great alternative.

Due to some technical problems our phone line is not functioning properly. Our telephone company seems to be working to fix the problem. In the meantime, if you have difficulties reaching us by phone, please use these alternative numbers: +30 6936503506 or +30 6936503507. Thank you for understanding.

FEBRUARY 21, 2010

We are happy to announce the 2nd International Music Competition “The Muse Junior”, which will be held on the island of Santorini in Greece from September 3 until 7, 2010. The competition is open to young musicians of any nationality not older than 17 years of age studying piano, violin, cello, or wind instruments and shall be concluded in one round, separately for three age groups. For more information click here. See you in Santorini!

OCTOBER 29, 2009

We have finally added new videos from the 2009 competitions. The videos include excerpts from live performances by the prize winners and some of the participants. To watch the videos from the 5th International Piano Competition "The Muse" please cllick here. If you like to watch the videos from the International Music Competition "The Muse Junior" go here. Enjoy it!

SEPTEMBER 12 and 22, 2009

The Muse 2009 competitions are over! This year competition exceeded our expectations. We have received 88 applications from 23 countries and all the candidates demonstrated an extremely high level of performance. The jury of the competition has made its decision that:

The winner of the 5th International Piano Competition “The Muse” is Minjeong Jeong from Korea.

The winners of the International Music Competition “The Muse Junior” in the age category 15-17 years old are a violinist Alexandra Tirshu from Moldova and a pianist Ayman Baymuldina representing Kazakhstan and Russia.

The winners of the International Music Competition “The Muse Junior” in the age category 12-14 years old are a violinist from Uzbekistan Bobur Muhametjanov and a pianist from Armenia Davit Hovhannisyan.

We would also like to congratulate and wish the best of success to all the winners of the youngest group of “The Muse Junior” competition! They are (in alphabetical order):

Polina Afanasieva, Russia
Venera Atasheva, Kazakhstan
Zoi-Mishel Bakiri, Greece
Junzheng Bo, China
Maria Limar, Moldova
Maria Lytiuga, Ukraine
Natalia Lytiuga, Ukraine
Nikolay Marinov, Bulgaria
Kristiana Smilovska, Bulgaria
Semen Sosyedka, Ukraine
Sophia Verykiou, Greece

The detailed list of all the prize winners and all the participants of the "The Muse" can be seen here and of "The Muse Junior" here. Congratulations to all!

JULY 23, 2009

Many of the common questions such as How to get to Santorini?, What hotel to book?, can now be found on the Notes page for every competition. We hope it will help you get prepaired for your trip to "The Muse" competition!

MAY 19, 2009

We have added a new video - The Muse Intro 2009. It is an introduction to our two competitions for this year: 5th International Piano Competition "The Muse" and the International Competition for Young Pianists, Violinists, and Cellists "The Muse Junior". You may watch it here.

MARCH 1, 2009

We have finally put together and added some videos from the competition on our website.. Check them out.

FEBRUARY 4, 2009

We are very excited to announce that "The Muse" Competition, which has already established and earned a good name among College and Conservatory pianists, invites musicians of a younger generation this year. In September of 2009, the new contest – International Competition for Young Musicians “The Muse Junior” will be open for younger participants in categories of piano, violin, and cello. Please, check out the new section on our website.

DECEMBER 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

SEPTEMBER 17, 2008

Though, with a little delay, we would like to bring to your attention that the 4th International Piano Competition "The Muse" is over for this year. We congratulate all the participants of the competition and are happy to inform you on the results of the 2008 competition! Follow this link for all the details.

Also, stay tuned for photos and videos! from the competition.

JULY 18, 2008

We would like to sincerely congratulate one of the prize winners of the 3rd International Piano Competition "The Muse" Tatiana Kraeva with receiving Third Prize at the Piano Competition in Gaillard, France in June 2008. Well done!

MAY 15, 2008

The Organizing Committee is proud to announce the Jury members for the 4th International Piano Competition “The Muse”! We are excited that such excellent musicians will be on the Jury panel this year. You can find out who they are here.

MAY 14, 2008

We have recently made a short introductory video about the 4th International Piano Competition “The Muse”, which you can watch here

APRIL 11, 2008

This year we are in the happy position to announce that with the added support of our partners, participants advancing to the 2nd round will be offered free hotel accommodation between September 4 and the end of the competition (September 9).

MARCH 12, 2008

Our site has been expanded: you can now look at those, who are "behind the scene", but are an extremely important part of the competition - the Organizing Committee. Check them out here

NOVEMBER 10, 2007

We would like to congratulate cellist Christophor Miroshnikov, one of the members of "The Muse" association, with his successfull concerts during this fall with maestro Vladiimir Fedoseyev and the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra in Moscow and cities of the UK; with french pianist Melina Burlaud in Paris; with maestro Christopher Warren-Green and the Camerata Chamber Orchestra in Athens.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2007

We updated the Results 2007 page with the names of the prize winners of and photos from the 3rd International Piano Competition "The Muse" in Santorini 2007. Enjoy!

SEPTEMBER 8, 2007

The competition is now almost over! There are only Closing Ceremony and the Winners Concert left for tonight… and a party of course. The level of the competition was very high and all the finalists deserved to win. However, competition is a competition and the prizes have to be awarded. The results are as follow:

First Prize goes to two participants:

Ekaterina YATSIUK (Russia) and
Elena MELNIKOVA (Russia)

Second Prize goes to:

Christina THAYER (USA) and
Alisa SEMENIKHINA (Russia)

Third Prize is divided as well:

Tatiana PAVLICHUK (Ukraine)
Mark TARATUSHKIN (Russia)
Anastasia GOROKHOVTSEVA (Russia)

Diplomas go to:

Evangelia MITSOPOULOU (Greece) and
Tatiana KRAEVA (Russia)

Congratulations to all!

P.S. Watch for the photos coming up next week!  

SEPTEMBER 4, 2007

Our past prize-winner Japanese pianist Eri Yamamoto won the 14th International Brahms Competition at Portschach am Worthersee, Carinthia, Austria in September 2007. Congratulations to Eri!

MAY 12, 2007

The list of the jury members for the 3rd International Piano Competition "The Muse" were just posted in our Jury section!

MARCH 25, 2007

One of the members of "The Muse" association, cellist Christophor Miroshnikov, together with the pianist and the Artistic Director of "The Muse" Natalia Miroshnikova gave a recital at the Parnassos Concert Hall in Athens. The two have already worked together many times and this time they joined on stage for the performance of original works and transcriptions for cello and piano by Chopin, Schubert, Brahms and Mussorgsky.

FEBRUARY 26, 2007

Russian pianist Anastasia Gorokhovtseva, who received an Honorary Diploma for her Performance on the 2nd International Piano Competition “The Muse” in Santorini last summer, was awarded the 1st prize at a chamber music competition in Saint-Petersburg in February 2007. Congratulations!

FEBRUARY 5, 2007

One of the prize winners of the 1st International Piano Competition “The Muse” Anna Fedorova, arrived to Greece to give a piano recital at the Parnassos Concert Hall in Athens this past Monday. The audience welcomed the Russian pianist performing works by Scarlatti, Chopin and Scriabin.

JANUARY 17, 2007 IMPORTANT NEWS!

We are very happy to announce that the 3rd International Piano Competition "The Muse" will take place in Santorini from the 1st until the 8th of September 2007! (Browse our website for more information)

SEPTEMBER 5, 2006

The Final Round of the 2nd International Piano Competition in Santorini 2006 is over! The winner of the Competition is... check out the results here.

SEPTEMBER 1, 2006

The 2nd International Piano Competition in Santorini 2006 opened today!

JUNE 20, 2006

The Russian Foundation "Русский Предприниматель" (Russian Entrepreneur) has become a new partner of the 2nd International Piano Competition in Santorini! Thanks to the new partnership it has become possible to increase the monetary value of the competition prizes. For full details please see the Awards page. We would like to welcome the new friends of the competition and thank them for their support!

APRIL, 2006

The winner of the 1st International Piano Competition in Santorini Tatiana Mitchko (Tessman) won another piano competition this year. She was awarded First Prize in the Senior Division of the Eleventh Missouri Southern International Piano Competition held April 24-29 on the campus of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO.

FEBRUARY, 2006

The 2nd International Piano Competition in Santorini has been announced! (Browse our site for more information)

JANUARY, 2006

The 3rd prize winner of the 1st International Piano Competition in Santorini Anna Fedorova was awarded with the 4th prize at the Maria Yudina International Piano Competition 2006 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

JANUARY, 2006

Cellist Christophor Miroshnikov, one of the members of “The Muse”, performed with the Tokyo Philharmonic and Nagoya Philahrmonic orchestras under baton of Maestro Vladimir Fedoseyev in Japan. The Rococo Variations by Tchaikovsky and the Schumann Cello Concerto were performed in Bunkamura Concert Hall in Tokyo and Art Theater Concert Hall in Nagoya.

DECEMBER, 2005

The winner of the 1st International Piano Competition in Santorini Tatiana Mitchko was awarded with the 1st prize at the 55th annual Wideman Piano Competition held in Shreveport, Louisiana in the United States.

DECEMBER, 2005

Another member of “The Muse”, painter Natalia Kostakis presented her works at the Zverev Centre of Modern Art in Moscow, Russia. The exhibition featured artist’s paintings and graphics from different periods of her career. Visitors of the exhibition could also see the portrait collection of Mrs. Kostakis’s long time friend and a colleague, painter Anatoly Zverev.