|The Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation strongly condemns the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russia and the ongoing attacks that are causing unrelenting tragedy and pain for the Ukrainian people. We are heartbroken over the devastating loss of life, the senseless destruction of property, and the chaos that has been purposefully inflicted on such a vibrant society. However, we do not condemn musicians solely because of their Russian heritage, many of whom have expressed their opposition to this war, often at great personal risk. Of particular concern is the indiscriminate condemnation of those who have no part of the current atrocities, who in many cases are now residents and citizens of other countries, and who do not support Vladimir Putin’s abhorrent agenda. The Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation is a music organization designed to connect people from many nationalities and geographic locations. It is our hope that through music those connections will foster international interaction and cooperation. We will continue to celebrate the dedication and talent of young artists everywhere who have achieved the highest possible standards in the art of piano performance. We have a long history of associations with a global community of musicians, including both Russians and Ukrainians. They have been serving as jury members, teachers, performing artists, and laureates for 45 years. These friendships were created long before this war, and those individuals, who represent only themselves and not a government, do not deserve to be abandoned. The Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation fully understands the need to close some doors because of crimes of war and issues of international security and economics. We do not agree with closing doors to participation in international piano competitions and festivals only because of national identity. We will continue to include musicians from all countries and welcome the performance of music by composers from all countries.