International Association of Art “The Muse” was founded as a nonprofit organization in Athens, Greece in 2001 by Alexis and Natalia Miroshnikov – pianists, graduates of the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory. The association’s members include musicians, painters, actors, writers, diplomats, business people and simply those, who care for art.
The main goal of “The Muse” is to search, support and promote talented young people. For this purpose, the association organizes various events, such as competitions, concerts, exhibitions, lectures and educational events. Among those, a special place has been reserved for the Muse International Music Competition.
From 2002 to 2005, the association organized the annual Pan-Hellenic Classical Music Competition “The Muse” in Athens.
In 2005 the competition became international and moved to Santorini, where it was held annually in Megaro Gyzi up until 2016.
In 2014, parallel to the contest in Santorini, the association introduced another event – “eMuse” International Online Music Competition. The new online format of participation with video recordings has opened up new opportunities for musicians to gain experience and to succeed.
Starting from 2019 all previous competitions were brought together under one name – Muse International Music Competition. “Muse” is currently the only competition in Greece on an annual basis, international scale, for all classical musicians of any age and nationality.
During those years more than 2000 musicians, from 92 countries and 4 continents participated in our competitions. The prize winners have performed in Athens at the Acropolis Museum, the Parnassos Concert Hall, the Byzantine and Christian Museum, and at the Gyzi Megaron Festival in Santorini. Our events have attracted interest of the international press, including ERT3 Greek radio program, “Kultura” Russian TV channel, Italian RAI UNO as well as internet resources such as Bakitone International.
In recognition of our efforts, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism have supported us under their auspices on many occasions.