St.Petersburg '18

The idea of organizing in Stockholm a new, interesting music event that would combine the high professional level with elaborate democracy and access to the young people at all stages of musical education came into being at the end of 2009 and belonged to the teachers at the Academy of Music "Maestro" in Stockholm Galina Erngren and Anna Sundin, as well as founder and chief organizer of the Savshinsky International Competition in St. Petersburg Dmitry Mikhailov. They formed the basis of the SIMCs Organizing Committee.

The initiative was almost immediately taken up and supported by major government organizations in Sweden - RUM (State Association of Young Musicians Sweden), KMH (Royal Academy of Music), Herzen University, St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory. The main venue for all competitions was the Historical Museum in Stockholm. The jury includes professors and lecturers of Stockholm and St. Petersburg Conservatory, as well as other institutions of higher and secondary educational institutions in Sweden, Russia, Finland, Serbia, Estonia, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States.

The First competition, held in mid-May of 2010, brought together more than 280 participants. The positive public response has prompted the organizers to make the contest a regular event.

The Second competition, held in May 2012, had a record number of participants - more than 600 young musicians from Europa, Russia, USA, China.

The Third competition was held in May 2014 with equal success, gathering about 600 participants from 35 countries. The Fourth race in May 2015 gathered young talents from 17 countries. Several companies and organizations, such as Maestro Academy, RUM, Culture Association Semibrevis, The Swedish Historical Museum, Yamaha, Bluthner, KMH, Södra Latins Gymnasium, Adolf Fredrik's Music School and Long Island Conservatory of Music offered its support.

The master classes were organized within the frame of the competition, so that students can get practical help and inspirational advice.

The next contest will take place on 25 to 28 May 2017.