“NOTE SUL MARE ”
8th INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
Par. 1 The competition is open to young italian or foreign musicians.
Par. 2 The main goal of the competition is to promote musical culture, encouraging youth to study music.
Par. 3 The competition will take place in the “Teatro Polifunzionale” , in Via delle Ginestre n ° 41 in the municipality of
ISCHIA ( Naples) , from 2nd to 5th July 2020 .
Par. 4 Examinations will be public and divided into the following sections and categories:
Section 1 : Piano solo Section 2 : Piano Four hands
Cat. Junior up to 8 full yrs. old Max. time 5 mins . Cat. G medium age up to 12 years old Max. time 10 mins .
Cat. A up to 10 full yrs. old Max. time 8 mins . Cat. H medium age up to 16 years old Max. time 15 mins .
Cat. B up to 13 full yrs. old Max. time 10 mins. Cat. I medium age up to 21 years old Max. time 20 mins .
Cat. C up to 16 full yrs. old Max. time 15 mins. Cat. L from 22 years old onwards with
Cat. D up to 19 full yrs. old Max. time 20 mins no age limit Max. time 25 mins .
Cat. E up to 24 full yrs. old Max. time 25 mins.
Section 3: Piano performance Up to 35 years old
Eliminatory round: max. performance duration 15 minutes:
°One Study chosen among F. Chopin, F. Liszt, C. Debussy, S. Rachmaninov, S. Prokofiev, A. Skryabin, B. Bartok, G. Ligeti;
°Free choice program;
Final round: max. performance duration 30 minutes. Free choice program
Par. 5 Competitors must enroll in just one category: however, solists from
Section 1 are allowed to take part also in the Section 2 and in the Section 3 and viceversa.
Par. 6 The association may apply some changes to this announcement in the future and possibly suppress a category, if
competitors are not enough. In that case, the attendance fee will be refunded. Furthermore, the association will not
be responsible for any damages or losses due to competitors, during all the competition.
Par. 7 All competitors can enroll in higher categories, if they think consider themselves able.
Par. 8 Competitors will be allowed to test the piano following a timetable provided by the association.
Par. 9 Before any examination, competitors will be asked by the examination board to show the following documents:
1) ID card 2) Two copies of the sheet music program. Simplified piano pieces are not allowed.
Par. 10 Competitors will be examined in alphabetical order, beginning from a letter randomly chosen on the first day of
the competition. Exception made for Section 3 in this case the starting letter will be drawn 8 days before the
opening of the competition, in order to ease the staying of the competitors.
Par. 11 For all competitors of section 1 and 2 the program is free choice repertoire; the competitors of “Piano Performance”
will be submitted to first eliminatory round and final round.
For competitors of Cat. Junior , A,B,C and Section 2 the performance by memory is NOT strictly necessary;
for all remaining categories and section 3 the performance by memory is compulsory.
Par. 12 Competitors will be able to test the piano checking a timetable that will be available on the website
www.ischiapianocompetition.com a few days before the beginning of the competition.
Competitors are kindly invited to inform themselves about .
Par. 13 Results will be published at the end of the examinations for each category.
Par. 14 Competitors who have been taking lessons in the last two years from members of the examination board (or are
related to any of them) are not allowed to take part in the competition. In the application form is strictly
necessary to put the teacher’s name. The full list of the examination board will be available on the website
Par.15 The examination board will be formed by musicians, teachers and renowned musical personalities.
Par.16 The examination board may stop players, if the max. time is expired.
Par.17 The board’s decisions are final and irrevocable. The examination board may also decide not to give any prize due
to a low-level general performance of the candidates.
Par. 18 The award ceremony for the First, Second , Third and Fourth winners will be held at the end of the examination of
each category. Absolute First Prize Winners of each category will take part in the Major Award Ceremony that
will be held on July 5th 2020 at “Teatro Polifunzionale ”, in via delle Ginestre n ° 41 – Ischia .
Absolute First Prize Winners who won’t be present at the final concert, won’t be awarded any prize.
Par. 19 The calendar of the examinations and the date of convocation (from which each competitor will know the day and the
time of the call for his/her category) will be published on the association website
Each candidate, therefore, in order to know the day of convocation, will have to visit the website or call the secretary
of the association “Note sul Mare” (tel. 0039/ 081 5071403 or 0039/ 333 3283159 ) .
“Note sul Mare” will not be responsible in this case; no other forms of convocation are considered.
Par. 20 Candidates will have to provide for their staying during the competition.
Par. 21 Pursuant to Art. 10 of the Law n° 675/96 on Personal Data Protection, the musical association “Note sul Mare”
declares that all requested personal datas will be used only to send informations strictly related to the competition.
However, pursuant to Art. 1 of the same Law, the owner of the data can forbid its use.
Par. 22 The application to the competition entails the unconditional acceptance of the rules of the present announcement.
Competitors of all sections and categories
FIRST classified (score not less than 95/100 ) 1st prize medal and degree
SECOND classified ( score from 94/100 to 90/100) 2nd prize degree
THIRD classified ( score from 89/100 to 85/100) 3rd prize degree
FOURTH classified (score from 84/100t o 80/100) 4th prize degree
-Each not awarded competitor will be given an Attendance Certificate.
-FIRST ABSOLUTE WINNERS of each category cup and degree (score not less than 98/100) , will be also awarded the following prizes :
SECTION 1 (Piano solo)
Cat. Junior Scholarship € 60,00 Cat. A Scholarship € 80,00
Cat. B Scholarship € 100,00 Cat. C Scholarship € 140,00
Cat. D Scholarship € 200,00
Cat. E Scholarship € 300,00 - A Concert to be held during the season 2021 . The concert is listed in
“ CLASSICA FESTIVAL NOTE SUL MARE” in Ischia
“ISCHIA ISLAND PRIZE”
For the Category Junior , A , B , C , D and E Scholarship € 200,00
The Prize will be awarded at the discretion of the Jury to one competitor chosen among First Absolutes .
SECTION 2 (Piano Four Hands )
Cat. G Scholarship € 100,00 in two Cat. H Scholarship € 150,00 in two
Cat. I Scholarship € 200,00 in two
Cat. L Scholarship € 400,00 in two And 1 Concert to be held during the season 2021 .
The concert is listed in “ CLASSICA FESTIVAL NOTE SUL MARE” in Ischia
Section 3 (Piano Performance)
First prize scholarship of €uro 2.000,00* and three concerts
Second prize scholarship of €uro 800,00** and two concerts.
Third prize scholarship of €uro 400,00*** and one concert.
*€uro 1.000,00 will be delivered after the competition, €uro 1.000,00 will be distributed during the concerts as an
**€uro 400,00 will be delivered after the competition, €uro 400,00 will be distributed during the concerts as an expense reimbursement
***€uro 200,00 will be delivered after the competition , €uro 200,00 will be delivered after the concert as an expense reimbursement
- The Concerts Prize will be held during the season 2020/2021 of :
Musical Association Note Sul Mare in Ischia , Music Association “ Giulio Rospigliosi” in Lamporecchio ( Pistoia) ,
Musical Association “ Claude Debussy” in San Donà di Piave , Ravello Concert Society .
- For the First Prize of Section 3 there will be also “Andrea Monte” Prize : Holiday –Concert
*Double room for two people from July 6 to July 8 ( 3 days , 2 nights) at the “Hotel Terme Providece”
( Forio - Ischia) with half board and SPA use . The Concert (without compensation to the winner ) will be held on
July 6th 2020 at the 9 pm (21:00). The holiday period is not replaceable . If the winner is not available for these
dates , the prize will be awarded to the next winner in the ranking.
* Just a formal reimbursement is provided for all award concerts.
A competitor chosen by the jury will be able to participate in the "International Piano Masterclass" of the M° Daniel Rivera - from 6th to 8th July - as an actual student without registration and attendance fees.
Par. 23 Private agreements are being made with several musical associations, in order to give prize winners the opportunity to play in their festivals. – At the end of the Competition the Absolute Winner of the Ischia Piano Competition will be mentioned.
Par. 24 Recordings , television or radio broadcasting of the performances won’t give competitors any right to any reward
Par. 25 Candidates will have to fill out the application form and send it within and not beyond June 15th 2020 via e- mail to or send it by registered mail (date as postmark) to: Fabio Bianco - Via Cesare Piro , 39 - 80075 Forio (Napoli) - Italy. Proof of payment must be attached to the mail.
Cat. Junior € 45,00 1^ section Cat. A-B-C € 50,00 1^ section Cat. D-E € 60,00 1^ section
Cat. Piano Performance € 90,00 3^ section
Cat G-H € 80,00 in two 2^ section Cat I-L € 100,00 in two 2^ section
Payment must be net of charges banking
The registration fee can be payed by bank transfer: Banca Prossima - C/C n° 69467 headed to “Associazione Musicale
Note sul Mare” IBAN: IT91W0335901600100000069467 ; BIC/ SWIFT : BCITITMX
Filiale di Milano 20121 - Piazza Paolo Ferrari 10 – Milano