To honor the memory of Ettore Pozzoli, illustrious composer, teacher and the pride of Italian music, an International Piano Competition has been held every two years since 1959 in his home town Seregno (Monza Brianza), Italy.
Admission is open to pianists born on or after 1st January 1991.
An application process must be completed by filling in the form found on this website www.concorsopozzoli.it
Two video recordings must be submitted by Sunday 30th April 2023 as indicated in the guidelines annexed to these rules.
The registration fee is € 90,00.
The application must be accompanied by the following documents:
two recent half-length photographs in high-
resolution digital format;
proof of payment of the application fee of €90,00
(net of bank charges), to be paid by:
bank transfer to:
Banca Popolare di Milano – Tesoreria Comunale – Concorso Pianistico Internazionale Ettore Pozzoli IBAN IT 77 G 05034 33842 000000019900 – BIC (SWIFT) BAPPIT21B56 indicating the can- didate’s name; PayPal on the www.concorsopozzoli.it (€93,00 charges included).
The entry fee is not refundable.
In order to participate in the Competition, applicants must submit two video recordings, one lasting 2 minutes and the other lasting between 18 and 22 minutes, according to the instructions listed in the annex to these Rules. The repertoire must include:
1. one étude by Chopin
2. one Romantic piece of candidate’s choice
3. one 20th century piece of candidate’s choice
4. one piece of candidate’s choice from “Riflessi del Mare” by Ettore Pozzoli.
The Ettore Pozzoli’s etude “Riflessi del mare” can be requested at the following address: email@example.com
By Thursday 15th July 2023, eligible candidates will be notified of their admission to the second stage of the Competition. This official notification can be used for visa procedures.
First Prize: 15000 €.
Second Prize: 10000 €.
Third Prize: 5000 €.
First round (qualifying)
A maximum of 20 minutes’ repertoire including:
1. Two études by different composers chosen among Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Liapounov, Skrjabin, Debussy, Ligeti, Bartok, Rachmaninov, Stravinski;
2. One Prelude and Fugue from Bach’s ”Well-tempered Clavier”;
3. One piece of the candidate’s own choice.
Second round (qualifying)
Up to 16 contestants will be admitted to the second round.
A maximum of 40 minutes’ repertoire of personal choice including:
1. a sonata by Beethoven
2. three études by Ettore Pozzoli selected from:
Studi di media difficoltà n. 10, n. 29 and n. 31
Studi a moto rapido (candidate’s choice)
Studi sulle note ribattute (candidate’s choice)
Candidates wishing to present Beethoven’s Sonata op. 106 may exceed the maximum duration allowed.
The Ettore Pozzoli’s studies can be requested by writing to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third round (semi-final)
Up to 9 contestants will be admitted to the third round. A free choice program with a maximum duration of 50 minutes.
Fourth round (final)
Up to 3 contestants will be admitted to the final with orchestra.
Performance of one of the following concertos which will be accompanied by the Orchestra Sinfonica of Milan:
E flat major K 271
G major K 453
D minor K 466
C major K 467
E flat major K 482
A major K 488
C minor K 491
C major K 503
B flat major K 595
C major op. 15
B flat major op. 19
C minor op. 37
G major op. 58
E flat major op. 73
E minor op. 11 F
minor op. 21
A minor op. 54
E flat major
D minor op. 15
A minor op. 16
B flat minor op. 23
C minor op. 18 D minor op. 30
More information: https://www.concorsopozzoli.it .