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Where is AAF today ... ?
AAF is present at many competitions. Gustav and the AAF Board members are frequently travelling. This is necessary in order to hear the latest news and to have reliable information and details from the international competitions, and to keep in touch with many people in the Piano World, such as the contestants, the jury members and organisers.
March 2020: all over the world, more and more people have been infected by the coronavirus. Many countries are taking rigorous actions and issue strict regulations, which are necessary to contain further spreading of this virus. This heavily affects many societies and human activities. As a consequence, almost all international piano competitions which were planned for March-April-May-June have been cancelled or postponed. Also the 2nd AAF Conference, which was planned to be held during the Liszt Competition (AAF) in Utrecht (the Netherlands), had to be cancelled.
February 2020: the new AAF catalogue was published, and at the same time, all preparations for the 2nd AAF Conference continued. This month, the AAF Board meeting was held again in Dortmund. The news about the coronavirus was alarming.
January 2020: the work on the new AAF catalogue was finished and during the printing process, Gustav and Akemi went to the printing company to see the progress. An unexpected fault on one of the pages was noticed which required much additional investigation. A brief trip to Dortmund was made, to discuss the latest situation with AAF Chairman Christoph Toepell.