Premio Amici della Musica di Verona 2021

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introduction to the competition

International Competition for soloist and chamber music groups (for up to five members) under the age of 35


The competition is open to musicians from all countries who have not reached the age of 36 by the date of registration; for ensembles is considered the average age of all members.

Soloists and chamber groups from duo to quintet can take part in the competition. Electronic and amplified instruments, prepared piano and two pianos are not allowed.

Transcriptions and arrangements can be performed, while simplified versions are not allowed. 

Improvisation is not allowed.

It is possible to perform single movements and excerpts from major pieces.

Execution by heart is not required.

Soloist must provide independently for their accompanying pianist, for which the organization will pay a partial reimbursement of expenses.

Competitors must provide the requested personal information, and be up to date with the payment of the registration fee. The lack of those may at any time invalidate the participation in the competition and subsequently the prize.

The rights to any audio and video recordings , photographs or streaming, radio or television broadcasts are property of the Premio Amici della Musica di Verona and do not give the right to any compensation.

In case of unexpected events, the management reserves the right to postpone or cancel the competition. In case of cancellation, registration fees will be refunded.

Registration for the competition implies the tacit consent of what is indicated in the regulation.

The competition is held in two phases:

  • first round via video, anonymously (candidates’ names will not be made public);
  • second round will take place in presence, in form of a concert

To participate in the autumn session, applications must be received no later than 31 Aug 2021.

Candidates must complete the registration form available on the website by clicking on the APPLY icon right at the top of the website . Here they will be prompted:

  • the personal data of each performer (ensembles must insert one single telephone number and e-mail address);
  • a copy of a valid identity document for each performer;
  • a brief artistic profile of the soloist or the ensemble as a group;
  • the link of the performance uploaded on YouTube as unlisted. The video must contain a free choice of music program lasting approximately 12 minutes, with a tolerance of a few minutes. It can contain pieces recorded in different time and places.
  • the receipt of the registration fee of € 50.00 for each of the musicians (we ask ensembles to send all of the fees in a single operation) to be paid to:

IBAN: IT62O0503411702000000005262


account holder: STEINWAY SOCIETY


object of payment: SURNAME NAME of the CANDIDATE

Bank commissions are paid by the competitors and incomplete amounts are not accepted. In case of a candidate’s withdrawal, registration fee is not refundable.

By September 10 the candidates will receive an e-mail with the result of the first round and by September 24 only the names of the 6 candidates among soloists and chamber groups admitted to the second phase will be published.

The second round of the competition is held in form of weekly concerts, every Saurday afternoon at 5 pm., from 23 October to 27 November 2021 at Società Letteraria di Verona, Piazzetta Scalette Rubiani 1.

Complete concert calendar:

Saturday 23 October

Saturday 30 October

Saturday 6 November

Saturday 13 November

Saturday 20 November

Saturday 27 November

A maximum of 6 candidates between soloists and chamber groups will be admitted.

Candidates must perform a free choice program lasting a minimum of 50 minutes and a maximum of 60 minutes. Solo candidates are required to perform at least one piece for solo instrument (without accompaniment).

Performance by heart is not required and the organisation will not provide page turners.

The organization provides the Steinway & Sons baby grand piano.

The selected candidates will be contacted by e-mail to agree on the date of the concert. On this occasion, some useful information for the trip will be provided, too.

Each candidate will be given Euro 60 as compensation for travel expenses and the accommodation, if necessary, will be paid for by the organization. In equal measure, the organization will contribute to the expenses of the accompanying pianist.

The convocation will be at 14:00 pm in order to fulfill the organization formalities; afterwards it will be possible to try the piano and the acoustics of the room. Any delays must be promptly communicated to the Secretary Office. Candidates who arrive unjustified late may lose the right to perform, without the possibility of reimbursement.

The next selection, which is scheduled for the spring session. will be from 19 March to 23 April 2022. Candidates must apply by 31 January 2022.

Complete concert calendar:

Saturday 19 March

Saturday 26 March

Saturday 2 April

Saturday 9 April

Saturday 16 April

Saturday 23 April

Every year the jury will select two winners, one for each session, for which Amici della Musica undertakes to stipulate two contracts for concerts to be held in the following concert season. 

The economic value of the performance-contracts will be of Euro 2.000,00 for soloists and up to Euro 4.000,00 for chamber group.

By accepting the prize, winners undertake to guarantee the concerts assigned: if they do not fulfill this commitment, the prize will be canceled and eventually assigned to another soloist or chamber group indicated by the Jury.

Particularly deserving artists will be reported to national and international concert societies to promote their concert activity and career.

The artistic relationship with Amici della Musica di Verona may also be extended in the following years for other productions and may also concern non-awarded artists, who have received a recommendation from the Jury.

The prizes will be awarded in memory of the Masters Guido Begal, Laura Palmieri, Juan Carlos Rybin, Paolo Rigoli, and other important artistic figures that have determined the musical life of Verona and contributed to the centennial history of our association.

The Jury of every edition is composed of renowned musicians, who make up the Artistic Comitee of Amici della Musica di Verona. 

The decisions of the Jury are final. The Jury reserves the right to not award the Prize if it deems the candidates not deserving. 

In the remote case of didactic relationships or kinship affinity with the candidates, the Juror is asked to abstain from voting.

It is not allowed to communicate with the members of the Jury until the end of the competition.