European Foundation for Support of Culture
The European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC) is a non-profit organization founded in Malta to initiate and promote cultural and educational projects in Europe and all around the world.
A key objective of the Foundation is to introduce broad public access across in many different countries to the most prominent facets of world musical and cultural heritage. In pursuance of this goal, every year the EUFSC holds numerous festivals, competitions, exhibitions, conferences, presentations, master-classes, workshops, round- tables, concerts and other events seeking to support and promote culture, to inspire interest in various types of modern art and to support young talented musicians and gifted youngsters. Another important role of EUFSC is to highlight and promote Maltese composers, musicians, ensembles and orchestras.
Since its inception, the Foundation’s portfolio of cultural events has become impressive. Among the most notable past are the sponsorship of the 40th Jubilee Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2017 ceremony in London, the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Malta featuring highlighted by the debut performance of the new Crystal Palace ballet promoted by the EUFSC and put on stage by dance directors and dancers of the Bolshoi Theatre and other famous Russian theatres, and the Malta International Music Festival (MIMF) 2018 during the year when Valletta was the European Capital of Culture – featuring many international world stars such as Grigory Sokolov, Maxim Vengerov, Salvatore Accardo, Nikolai Lugansky, Ray Chen among others; together with the world’s biggest series of 11 International Piano Competitions whose winners all competed at the Malta International Piano Competition 2018. The Foundation is a sponsor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2018-2019 the EUFSC organized the MPO’s first ever international tour in the USA, Russia and the tour across Europe.
The calendar of cultural events of EUFSC reaches its climax with the MIMF which is traditionally held every Spring, while 2019 launched a start of the next big world series of 14 International Piano Competitions being held in Germany, Italy, France, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Russia, China, Japan, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Korea and the USA, leading to Malta 2021.