Peter Paul Kainrath

Born 1964 in Bolzano, Italy, Peter Paul Kainrath trained as professional pianist, graduating from Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. He was an active performer for 15 years before moving into cultural management, leading festivals such as Klangspuren (Austria) and Transart (Italy).

Now, he divides his time between Klangforum Wien, and the Busoni-Mahler-Foundation, which brings together the Gustav Mahler Academy and the Busoni Competition.

He said: '2021 will mark the beginning of post-pandemic times. The most important lesson we have learned? Big challenges can only be met with a global mindset!'

The World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) has elected Peter Paul Kainrath as its new president. Kainrath is currently artistic director of the Ferrucio Busoni Piano Competition and CEO of contemporary music ensemble Klangforum Wien.

Founded in 1957, the World Federation of International Music Competitions is a global network of internationally recognised music competitions.  It provides competitions with guidelines in artistic excellence, integrity and fairness, and thus sets a globally recognised standard.