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Applications are now closed.
Application submission date for preselection
April 30th May 15th
Deadline for submitting application; no more
than 150 applications will be accepted
May 31th June 11th
Publication of the names of the selected candidates
The selected candidates must finalize their applications
Registration and drawing of lots to determine the performance order
Finalists’ rehearsal with orchestra at the Mahler Auditorium
Final Round and announcement of the Prizewinners
David Whelton | UK
Vovka Ashkenazy | Iceland
Fabio Bidini | Italy
HyeJin Kim | South Korea
Massimiliano Ferrati | Italy
Daniele Petralia | Italy
Alvaro Teixeira Lopes | Portugal
Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan
— First Prize € 15,000 “City of Monza” Prize, awarded by the Municipality
— Second Prize € 8,000 “Banco di Desio e della Brianza S.p.A”
— Third Prize € 5,000 “Monza East & Monza West Rotary Clubs”
— Student Bursary Prize of € 2,000 awarded by the Rina Sala Gallo Music Association in combination with the Special Public Prize
— “Tribute to Bach” Prize of € 2,000 in memory of Prof. Emma Sirtori Bonetti for the best performance of a composition or transcription of J. S. Bach, to be presented in the Third Round.
Concerts and events at prestigious institutions available at the following link www.concorsosalagallo.it/en/the-competition
1. The 26th Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition will be held in Monza at Teatro Manzoni from October 1st to October 8th 2022.
2. The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities who are born after October 8th, 1991.
3. Current pupils of any Member of the Jury are excluded from any participation in the Competition. Participants who have been pupils of any Member of the Jury within the two years before January 2022 are also excluded from any participation. This rule does not apply in the case of occasional masterclasses.
4. The public eliminatory will be preceded by a preselection process, based on the evaluation of video material submitted by the candidates (see 7/c.). A maximum of 30 competitors will participate in the First Round; no more than 12 competitors will be selected for the Second Round, no more than 6 for the Third Round, and 3 will be selected for the Final.
5. All participants admitted to the Competition will be provided, if they so wish, with free accommodation in a host family, as well as piano practice facilities for the whole duration of their participation in the Competition. They must be available to take part in side events of the Competition. Persons accompanying the participants will need to make their own accommodation arrangements.
6. No ex-aequo First Prize will be awarded.
7. Registration can only be submitted online between February 1st and April 30th, 2022, via the www.concorsosalagallo.it website. The registration process is explained in detail on the website’s “Application” page, starting from February 1st, 2022.
In order to proceed with the online registration, please make sure that you:
a. Have submitted the non-refundable Registration Fee of €75.00 via PayPal (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) or via bank transfer (ASSOCIAZIONE MUSICALE RINA SALA GALLO – MONZA Via Frisi 23, 20900 MONZA
BANCO DI DESIO E DELLA BRIANZA IBAN: IT10 A034 4020 4020 00000479900
BIC: BDBDIT22 – Reason for Payment: First name, Surname, Pre-selection 26 RSG).
Please make sure to save the confirmation of your payment (E-mail from PayPal or pdf printout from the bank).
b. Have a recent photo of you (jpg format, preferably 2MB or more) and a scan (jpg or pdf) of your identity document or passport.
c. Have a video of your preselection repertoire with the timestamp continuously displayed (see ‘Preselection programme’), performed without interruption, with the date and time visible. The preferred format must be MOV, H.264, Audio AAC 48kHz, 2GB maximum. Your hands and face must be visible, and the filming angle fixed. The candidate’s name or other textual elements (such as the title, graphics or animation) must never appear on the video.
The video must be uploaded via WeTransfer (www.wetransfer.com) in the following way:
Send an email to:
Name and Surname + program performed on the video
The notification of successful upload sent by WeTransfer is valid as a confirmation of correct sending and receiving of the video. The performance must be made without any audience.
8. The selected candidates will receive a confirmation email by May 31st, 2022. The admitted candidates will be notified of the access credentials to the website where they must complete by June, 30th their registration, providing for the payment of € 100 which is non-refundable. The registration must be completed with the chosen program and a curriculum of no more than 120 words or 800 characters, with the name of the last two teachers.
9. Admitted candidates will need to present themselves for registration at the Teatro Manzoni in Monza on October, 1st 2022 between 9am and 5:30pm, and also for the determining of the performance running order. Those who could not be present and has given an advance warning, and a valid reason, such as accident or illness, he/she may still be admitted by a Jury decision, and will perform in the order decided by the Jury.
10. The Competition is open to the public during all the Rounds and, during the Final Round the audience may award a scholarship by voting for its favourite Finalist.
11. Participation in the Competition signifies the acceptance by the contestant of all the competition rules and regulations, and of the decisions of the Jury that are final. The original Italian version of these rules governs all eventualities and potential disputes. By participating in the Competition, the candidate agrees to allow a full or partial audio/video recording to be made of every performance. The participant also grants the Competition organizers full rights to use such recordings and/or extracts thereof, including the one submitted by the candidate, for all media broadcasts. These rights shall be granted free of charge as a condition to participate in the Competition.
12. The program must consist of:
a. A Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach, or three movements from any Suite or Partita by J. S. Bach, or three movements from the Suite in D minor HWV 437 by Georg Friedrich Händel.
b. A Chopin Étude
c. A virtuoso étude chosen by the ones of Bartók, Debussy, Godowsky, Ligeti, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Prokofieff, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Scriabin, or Stravinsky.
d. A performance of solo piano music of no longer than 5 minutes’ duration, composed after 1900.
13. First Round (October 2nd- 3rd)
A program of no more than 30 minutes’ duration, consisting of:
a) A Sonata by Mozart or Haydn
b) Chopin: One work from the following: Ballades, Scherzos, Barcarolle, Polonaise Op. 44, Polonaise-Fantaisie op.61, Fantaisie Op. 49.
14. Second Round (October 4th-5th)
A program of no more than 50 minutes’ duration, consisting of:
Beethoven: One Sonata from the following:
Op. 2 No.3, Op. 7, Op. 10 No. 3, Op. 13, Op. 26, Op. 27 No. 1, Op. 31 Nos. 1, 2, 3, Op. 101, Op. 109, Op. 110
One work from the following:
Schubert: All the Sonatas (except D845 and D960), Wanderer Fantasy Op. 15
Liszt: Sonata in B minor
Schumann: Sonatas, Carnaval Op. 9, Kreisleriana Op.16, Fantasy Op. 17, Études symphoniques Op. 13, Humoreske Op.20, Davidsbündlertänze Op. 6
Brahms: Sonatas, Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Händel, Variations on a Theme by Paganini (Book I or II)
15. Third Round (October 6th)
A free recital program of between 50 and 60 minutes’ duration which does not include any piece already presented in the preceding Rounds. However, a piece composed after 1950 must be included. The candidates wishing to compete for the Bach Prize must present an original work or transcription by J. S. Bach.
16. Final Round (October 8th)
One concerto chosen by the applicant from the following:
Mozart: K453, K466, K488, K491, K503, K537, and K595
Beethoven: Concertos Nos. 2, 3, 4 & 5
Chopin: Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Mendelssohn: Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Dvořák: Concerto in G minor Op. 33
Schumann: Concerto Op. 54
Liszt: Concerto No. 1
Grieg: Concerto Op. 16
Scriabin: Concerto Op. 20
Rachmaninoff: Concertos Nos. 2, 3 & 4
Ravel: Concerto in G major
17. The President and other Members of the Jury, as well as any necessary stand-in, are appointed by the Committee of the Monza Associazione Musicale, on the recommendation of the Artistic Director.
During the first Jury meeting the President will appoint a Vice-President.
18. The condition on being part of the Jury is the acceptance of these rules and regulations, and the voting system.
19. The Members of the Jury may not have any pupils or ex-pupils (to whom they have given regular lessons in the two years prior to January 2022) or have any relatives among the participants. This does not apply to Members of the Jury who have only taught a contestant during occasional masterclass.
20. A secretary appointed by the organizers may assist in the administrative work of the Jury, without having the right to vote. The President, and/or a Member, of the Associazione Musicale Rina Sala Gallo, as well as possible interpreters may also attend without the right to vote.
21. Minutes will be taken of any action or decision by the Jury, or Members thereof. Such minutes must be signed by the President or his substitute. Both minutes and marks can be consulted in the Secretary’s Office at the end of the Competition.
22. The Members of the Jury shall refrain from having any contact, direct or indirect, with any candidates during participation in the Competition. The eliminated contestants, upon their request, will have the opportunity of meeting Members of the Jury to discuss their performances.
23. The Preselection Jury will consist of three Members, of whom at least one will form part of the Competition Jury. The videos that will be viewed by the jury will be anonymous.
24. The voting in the first two Rounds will be made anonymously by a yes/no declaration by the relevant Jury Members.
25. At the end of the Final Round, the Jury will decide the Final Prizes to be awarded. No ex-aequo First Prize will be awarded.