The new Competition for amateur pianists kicks off with innovative and international spirit

PianoLink, the well-known Music Association based in Milan, in cooperation with Yamaha Music Europe and Cremona Musica, presents the first edition of the PianoLink International Amateurs Competition, the brand-new International Competition exclusively dedicated to amateur pianists.

What immediately stands out is the level of the International Jury, worthy of those of the most prestigious competitions worldwide. Presided by American Pianist Jeffrey Swann, the Jury also includes the Ukrainian Alexander Romanovsky, the Italian Alberto Nosè, the French Bruno Monsaingeon, and the Dutch Eric Schoones, bringing for the first time, with courage and constructive spirit, five stars of the musical firmament together with the amateur musical world: in fact, all Candidates, regardless of their placement and result, will receive an opinion on their performance from each member of the Jury, directly on their smartphone.

This is indeed the utmost priority of the Competition, which is presenting itself, also in virtue of promising synergies and smart formats, as a new and original proposal in the international scene, led by pianists Andrea Vizzini, president of PianoLink, and Roberto Prosseda, one of the most appreciated Italian musicians around the globe and also artistic coordinator of Cremona Musica.

Open to Candidates born before 1990 and divided in two Categories, graduate and nongraduate, the Competition is structured in two rounds, Eliminatory and Final, which will progressively proclaim ten finalists, five winners, and one absolute first prize. Applications close on July 31st and the Competition will be held in four locations, one of which will be virtual, with a very peculiar temporal span: the online Eliminatory Round will be from August 17th to September 15th, while the Final Round will be held on September 26th in Cremona, within the context of the Cremona Musica Exhibition. Finally, the two Winner’s Recitals will be held in Milano and St. Petersburg.

The Prizes are striking for both their value and their clear formative and experiential aim: the boutonniere is the Absolute First Prize, offered by Yamaha, with a value of 4.000 Euros, consisting in an Annual Piano and Orchestra Workshop, comprised of lessons, rehearsals and a Final Concert with Symphonic Orchestra. The Prize also covers all lodging expenses and travel costs to Milano from any European country. Another novelty is the unprecedented Audience Prize of 1.000 Euros, offered by Cremona Musica, which will be awarded to the most liked video on the Competition’s YouTube channel over the course of almost one year (August 2020-May2021). Finally, the icing on the cake: all five winners will have a published interview on the prestigious musical journal “Pianist Magazine”.




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