The Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition is celebrating its 13th edition - the Bar Mitzva celebration - a significant event in the Jewish tradition, when a child becomes an adult.
In 1974, the Founder and first director of the Competition, Jan Jacob Bistritzky, had the vision of creating a first class international competition - an event that will tie the name and legacy of Arthur Rubinstein with the cultural life of Israel. It was an honour to receive the Maestro’s consent to give his name to the Competition.
Thus - the Competition is committed to attaining standards of the highest level and made it a point to promote young and outstanding pianists’ careers.
The task of the international jury is to select competitors of above average concert standard with a mature intellectual and emotional response to music.
The Arthur Rubinstein Award and other prizes are presented to young master pianists, whose talents reveal outstanding musicianship as well as the ability to render versatile, artistically convincing interpretations of works, ranging from the pre-classical to the contemporary.
The Rubinstein Competition also fosters Israeli music. Since its inception, the contest has commissioned, financed and published 19 works. This year the management of the competition chose Israeli compositions written by two prominent Israeli composers whose works were never performed in previous Rubinstein Competitions:
Paul Ben Haim (1897–1984) and Josef Tal (1910–2008).
to continue the development of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master competition
to award scholarships to talented pianists
to award a special prize in the name of Arthur Rubinstein
to promote the artistic careers of the Competition laureates
to establish the Arthur Rubinstein Chair in the Art of the Pianoforte at a university or music academy
to issue and distribute publications, films, video and CD productions; to hold exhibitions and lectures on Rubinstein’s life and art
to initiate and organize worldwide dedicatory "Hommage à Rubinstein" recitals, concerts and international festivals devoted to the great art of the piano