The Alink-Argerich Foundation (AAF) was established in 1999 by Gustav Alink together with Martha Argerich as co-founder. It is a non-profit organization providing essential information about international piano competitions worldwide. Among the esteemed members of AAF are the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, the Cliburn, the Gina Bachauer Competition, Cleveland, the Leeds in England, the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, Sydney, Montreal, the Honens, and many other top piano competitions.
On average, more than 300 piano competitions take place within one year, around the globe. As an independent and objective service center, AAF monitors most of them and provides useful assistance to the competition organizers, offers guidance to all parties involved and mediates whenever problems or issues arise. All relevant information and details about these competitions can be found on AAF’s website which is frequently updated (www.alink-argerich.org). As such, most pianists use AAF as their primary source of information.