WELCOME

We are delighted to announce the 3rd Montecatini International Piano Competition 2022.

 Montecatini International Piano Competition is committed to supporting the most outstanding young musicians by recognising their full potential. The 2021 edition received applications from over 110 pianists hailing from 38 countries. The winners’ prizes offer young talents the Steinway Hall Recital and Festival concert engagements in 2023/2024 Season, as well as professional media promotion as a crucial steppingstone towards a concert artist career. Our international jury are searching for exceptional musical talent and, most importantly, for artistic individuality as a performer.

 With the kind support of our international partners, Steinway & Sons, Karma Music Studio, Schott Music, Hanami Friendship Association, Piano Forte Firenze as well as the Tokyo International Piano Association (TIPA), we share a joint vision dedicated to cultivating talented artists, building digital innovation and creating a music community, attracting large, diverse audiences, music lovers and artists from around the world.

Please explore the details about the competition below, pick your category and submit the online application form together with the link to your performance video uploaded on one of the following channels: YouTube, Vimeo or Google Drive before the deadline. The selected 6 pianists will be invited to the Final Round of the Montecatini International Piano Competition which will take place at the Concert Hall of the Millennium Centar, Vršac in Serbia on Saturday 29th October 2022. 

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the competition and wishing all the best with your entries!

ELIGIBILITY

Category: Junior

A – 6 – 9 years old

B – 10 – 13 years old

C – 14 – 17 years old

Category: Senior

18 – 35 years old

*Age limits as 24th September 2022

APPLICATION

A complete application form consists:

1) Application form

2) Recording link

3) Programme

4) Proof of ID

5) Publicity Photo

6) Short Biography

5) Application fee

6) Email

7) Phone

Please attach a link to a competition entry video, showing a variety of repertoire from J S Bach to 21st Century which should demonstrate the range and scope of your artistry. (YouTube, Vimeo or Google Drive).

The length of the video should be 10 minutes for the ‘Junior Category A’, 15 minutes for ‘Junior Category B’, 20 minutes for the ‘Junior Category C’ and 30 minutes for the ‘Senior Category’.

The video(s) must be unedited, but it does not have to be from a concert performance.

The video(s) must have been filmed no earlier than 24th September 2021

(1 year before the application deadline).

The recording of a movement of a sonata or suite is allowed, but Concerti and Chamber Music are not accepted in this competition. The works have to be published.

Incomplete or late entries will not be accepted.

The application fee is non-refundable.

CONDITION & PRIZES

JUNIOR CATEGORY A (Online)

Open to all pianists between the ages of 6 – 9 years.

Please submit the complete application form with the link to the video performance

(10 minutes).

Application Fee: £ 45

PRIZE

GoldConcert at the Piano Forte Firenze (Italy) in 2023/2024, Medal and Diploma

Silver – Medal and Diploma

Bronz – Medal and Diploma

JUNIOR CATEGORY B (Online)

Open to all pianists between the ages of 10 – 13 years.

Please submit the complete application form with the link to the video performance

(15 minutes).

Application Fee: £ 45

PRIZE

GoldConcert at the Piano Forte Firenze (Italy) in 2023/2024, Medal and Diploma

Silver – Medal and Diploma

Bronz – Medal and Diploma

JUNIOR CATEGORY C (Online)

Open to all pianists between the ages of 14 – 17 years.

Please submit the complete application form with the link to the video performance

(20 minutes).

Application Fee: £ 45

PRIZE

Gold Concert at the Piano Forte Firenze (Italy) in 2023/2024

Cash Prize £ 200,

Medal and Diploma

Silver Cash Prize £ 100, Medal and Diploma

Bronz Cash Prize £ 50, Medal and Diploma

SENIOR CATEGORY

Open to all pianists between the ages of 18 – 35 years.

Please submit the complete application form with the link to the video performance

(30 minutes).

Application Fee: £ 70

 

FINAL

 A Solo Recital (30 min Programme) at Millennium Centar, Vršac in Serbia on 29th October 2022

PRIZE

GoldSteinway Hall London Recital (U.K) in 2023/2024

Concert at the Piano Forte Firenze (Italy) in 2023/2024

Winners Recital at Millennium Centar, Vršac (Serbia) in 2023/2024

Cash Prize £ 1000

Medal and Diploma

Silver – Prize Winner’s Concert at the Millennium Centar, Vršac (Serbia) in 2023/2024

Cash Prize £ 600

Medal and Diploma

Bronze Prize Winner’s Concert at the Millennium Centar, Vršac (Serbia) in 2023/2024

Cash Prize £ 300

Medal and Diploma

The Schott Music Prize

All competitors are invited to participate in this special prize which has been generously funded by Schott Music. To take part, competitors will need to perform one work from the publication Simply Driven, a set of 5 virtuoso pieces composed by Melanie Spanswick (published by Schott Music), or two works from No Words Necessary, a set of 12 intermediate level pieces (published by Schott Music), also composed by Melanie Spanswick. There will be two winners of this prize (one from Junior Category A & B and one from Junior C & Senior Category) who will receive a £25 voucher to spend online at Schott Music Schott Music

The Audience Prize

The audience is warmly invited to enjoy each live-streaming performance of the finalists on the TIPA MUSIC YouTube channel. They will be able to leave the name of their favourite pianists on the YouTube, and the performer with the highest voting number will be awarded the Audience Prize.

DEADLINE

24th September 2022

 

FINAL ROUND & RESULTS

The performances of finalists will be available to watch on the TIPA MUSIC YouTube channel after the announcement dates. The Final Round for the Senior Category will take place at the Millennium Centar, Vršac in Serbia on Saturday 29th October 2022 while competitors at the Junior Category will be judged online from the entry videos by the international jury. The result will be announced on 29th October from the Millennium Centar, Vršac in Serbia.

ADDITIOANL INFORMATION

For the Schott Music Prize, please pick two pieces from No Words Necessary (Intermediate Level) or one work from Simply Driven (Advance Level) composed by Melanie Spanswick and include your performance of your selected works in your complete competition video entry. You can purchase these books, No Words Necessary and Simply Driven as either hardcopies or digital downloads at the Schott Music Shop or via the link below.

Simply Driven

Simply Driven, published in 2020 by Schott Music in the renowned Edition Schott Series, is a collection of five piano pieces intended for advanced to virtuoso level pianists: Frenzy, Aisa: Sand, Silk and Love, Enigma, Chasm, and Time. Each piece proffers a completely different character, featuring various piano textures, colours and sound worlds, whilst still reflecting minimalist influences. All five pieces are distinctly tonal yet they offer a contemporary twist.

Composed over a period of a year during 2018/2019, four of the five pieces were written for the composer’s friends who are all wonderful pianists; Aisa Ijiri, Yuki Negishi, Maiko Mori and Madalina Rusu, and each pianist has performed and recorded their respective piece. The title for the volume was inspired by comments from the composer’s family and friends, who remarked that the music often felt ‘driven’ or forward moving.

To find out more about each piece and to hear them, click here:

You can purchase the score in hard copy or digital download from Schott Music:

Or from Amazon:

Simply Driven (Amazon.co.uk)

Simply Driven (Amazon.com)

Simply Driven (Amazon.co.jp)

No Words Necessary

No Words Necessary is a collection of twelve piano pieces for the intermediate player, or for students of approximately Grade 3 – 7 level (of ABRSM, Trinity College London or London College of Music exams). This volume was written in Hong Kong during a visit in 2018, where the composer was working as an adjudicator for the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival.

The pieces are characteristically tonal, but with a minimalistic influence. The title, No Words Necessary, was inspired by German poet and writer Heinrich Heine (1797 – 1856):

‘Where words leave off, music speaks”

Each work is intended to evoke thoughts, emotions or images in the mind. Many are reflective in character, with melodious tunes and poignant harmonies, but there are also more energetic, lively pieces too. You can find out more about No Words Necessary, and purchase them here:

No Words Necessary (Amazon.co.uk)

APPLICATION FEE

£45 Junior | £70 Senior

If you would prefer to send your application fee by the international bank transfer:

Montecatini Piano Festival

Bank: NatWest

Account number: 58744789

Sort code: 601437

IBAN: GB67NWBK60143758744789

BIC: NWBKGB2L

 

CONTACT US

Official Website: www.tipamusic.com

Email: competition@tipamusic.com

JURY

Aisa Ijiri

Founder & Artistic Director of the Tokyo International Piano Association

Founder & Artistic Director of Montecatini International Piano Competition

Concert Pianist | Steinway Artist
Chris Craker

Founder & Creative Director of the Karma Sound Studios

Executive Producer | Former Senior Vice President at Sony Music Entertainment

Paolo Davide Cognetti

Composer | Pianist

Co-Founder of the Florence Philharmonic Orchestra (La Filharmonie)

Ian Goh

President at the WPTA Malaysia

Artistic Director of the Putra International Piano Competition

Concert Pianist

Maiko Mori

Concert Pianist | Composer

Melanie Spanswick

Composer & Author at Schott Music |

Professor of Piano at Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Category: Junior 

A: 6 – 9 years old
B: 10 – 13 years old
C: 14 – 17 years old 

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Category: Senior

18 – 35 years old

APPLY HERE