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64th Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition 2022/2023


Registrations for the 2022/23 edition of the prestigious Busoni Piano Competition are open until May 19. The Glocal Piano Project is back, a world stage for 100 participants, the finals will take place in Bolzano from 23 August to 3 September 2023.
From 7 November '22

As of 3 September '23

Registration ends 19 May '22


With the nominations open until May 19, 2022 and the phases endings scheduled to Bolzano from 23 August to 3 September 2023, the prestigious returns Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition, arrived at 64. edition.

The Busoni Competition of Bolzano, founded in 1949, is among the longest-lived musical competitions, and for over seventy years it has confirmed its prestige by launching young people of undisputed talent into the firmament of international pianism. Stars such as Alfred Brendel, Martha Argerich, Jörg Demus, Louis Lortie, Lilya Zilberstein, Garrick Ohlsson.

Open to pianists and pianists aged between 16 and 30 of all nationalities, after the great success of the 63rd edition, sealed last August by the victory of the young and talented South Korean Jae Hong Park, the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition launches the new two-year period 2022/23 by redefining its structure and introducing interesting innovations.

The innovative formula of the Glocal Piano Project, hybrid festival spread with the audience present live but also usable on the online platform. The format, developed in 2020 under the pressure of the limitations imposed by the pandemic, has proved successful: logistically more efficient, it further expands the international vocation of the award, while offering greater global visibility to participants. The Busoni Competition thus confirms itself once again at the forefront of the music scene, keeping pace with an increasingly global and interconnected world.

The Glocal Piano Project, open to 100 participants, It will take place from 7 to 16 November 2022 in various cities of the world, chosen on the basis of the candidates' countries of origin; the locations will therefore be defined after the closing of the registrations. The 100 pianists admitted to the Glocal Piano Project will be chosen by an international jury through video selection from all validly received nominations.

All participants will be able to count on the same excellent starting conditions: the Busoni Competition in collaboration with Steinway & Sons it will in fact guarantee a network of concert stages around the world, and professional audio video recordings of all the performances. The young pianists will play in front of the audience present in the hall, with the jury following the performances remotely, selecting at the end of this competition phase the 26 pianists who will be able to participate in the finals in Bolzano.

The performances of all participants will be visible on the online platform for a period of 10 months. The public will thus have the opportunity to express their own opinion, always online, and the most voted pianists, up to a maximum of 4, will be added to the shortlist of promoted to the next phase.

The 64th Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition will end in attendance a Bolzano, with its enthralling final stages to take place from 23 August to 3 September 2023. This fundamental final moment of the Competition is traditionally articulated in two solo performances (23 -27 August), a chamber rehearsal (29 - 31 August) and finally the Final with the Haydn Orchestra the September 3. For the first time, the semi-final chamber music recital will also include a solo piano part, an absolute novelty that will allow candidates to express their artistic personality to the fullest.

The Selection boards of the Competition will be formed by qualified professionals of various nationalities from the musical world, and will be diversified for each phase of the competition (video recording, Glocal Piano Project and Final Phases).

I am six prizes awarded from the Competition, as well as some special prizes to be defined. The first prize, Busoni Award, is indivisible, and provides for a cash award, donated by the City of Bolzano, from this edition raised to 30,000 euros.

The winner of the Busoni Prize will also be offered important concert engagements aimed at career promotion in Italy and abroad, from the days immediately following the Competition until the end of the following two-year period.

The Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition is part of the Bolzano Festival Bozen, event of international resonance in the South Tyrolean summer that offers a rich and multifaceted billboard particularly attentive to young musicians: with the Busoni Competition, the residences of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, from the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Academy masterclass, initiatives all born by the will of Claudio Abbado, in addition to the brilliant festival Antiqua.


The Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition

The prestigious Busoni Competition, over 70 years of history, is one of the most important piano competitions on the world scene. It was founded in 1949 by Cesare Nordio, then director of the Claudio Monteverdi Conservatory in Bolzano, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of the great pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni (Empoli 1866 - Berlin 1924).

Bolzano, a bridge between the two great Italian and German musical civilizations, was the ideal place to pay homage to the role and influence that Ferruccio Busoni, an Italian artist, had in Germany at the beginning of the century. Nordio immediately found the support of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli for his project for a great international piano competition.

The Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition started on 12 September 1949. The Honorary Committee included the names of Claudio Arrau, Wilhelm Backhaus, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Alexander Borowski, Robert Casadesus, Alfred Cortot, Eduardo Del Pueyo, Edwin Fischer, Walther Gieseking , Josè Iturbi, Dinu Lipatti, Arthur Rubinstein, Rudolf Serkin, Nikolai Orloff, Egon Petri, Gino Tagliapietra, Carlo Zecchi.

The first edition was attended by Alfred Brendel, who finished fourth. The first prize was not awarded for several years. The Roman pianist Sergio Perticaroli was the first to win it in 1952.

In 1956, edition won by the Austrian Jörg Demus, the precocious talent of Maurizio Pollini, then fourteen, was highlighted, who replaced Carlo Vidusso in the execution of the works of the composition competition chosen by the jury. The following year, 1957, the sixteen-year-old Martha Argerich won, who in Bolzano received the first international recognition of her talent. In the roll of honor there are also Roberto Cappello (1976), Louis Lortie (1984), Lilya Zilberstein (1987), Anna Kravtchenko (1992), Roberto Cominati (1993), Alexander Romanovsky (2001), Giuseppe Andaloro (2004-5 ).

The Busoni Competition, which was held annually up to 2001, is held every two years due to the number of registrations that has been steadily increasing since 2002.

Awards: Busoni Prize: € 30,000.00

2nd prize: € 10,000.00
3rd prize: € 5,000.00
4th prize: € 4,000.00
5th prize: € 3,000.00
6th prize: € 2,500.00

Special prizes will also be awarded to be defined.

Nb: The Busoni Prize is indivisible.

The winner of the Busoni Prize will also receive the Prize entitled to the memory of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli in the amount of € 5,000.00 on condition that the Busoni Prize is awarded unanimously.

The winner will be offered important concert engagements in Italy and abroad.
64th Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition 2022/2023

More information on the Contest

To the 64th Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition I'm pianists born after 1st January 1992, but no later than 31st December 2006 are admitted, while those who have already won the Busoni Prize are excluded.

Candidates who have achieved a 1st or 2nd prize in a competition member of the "World Federation of International Music Competitions", in the period between January 1, 2019 and October 30, 2022, will be able to directly register for the final stages. Only 3 candidates will be admitted to the final stages and will be selected by the Glocal Piano Project jury.

First step for participation, theregistration via the online form on the Competition website by 1 May 2022 including a 15 minutes video recording of his own performance shot from a static camera in a single sequence. Among all valid applications, the selection board is through video selection will choose i 100 pianists who will participate in the Glocal Piano Project.

The Glocal Piano Project, a widespread hybrid festival, will take place from 7 to 16 November 2022 in different cities of the world subsequently established according to the countries of origin of the candidates. The performances will take place with the audience present live but will also be accessible on the online platform. The jury will remotely follow by selecting at the end of this tender phase i 26 pianists who will take part in finals in Bolzano. The online public voting will be able to determine access to the shortlist of further 4 pianists.

The final stages they will take place between 23 August and 3 September 2023 to Bolzano. They will be public and will be structured as follows:

TOP 33 floor only (23 - 25 August) a maximum of 33 candidates participate, 26 chosen by the Jury, 4 voted by the public, if necessary. up to 3 winners of other competitions admitted directly to the final stages

TOP 12 floor only (26 and 27 August) 12 candidates selected by the Jury participate

TOP 6 chamber music (29 - 31 August), semifinal open to 6 participants, 3 of which will be admitted to the final

TOP 3 Final with the Orchestra (September 3, 2023).  

Author: Uber Bertiè

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