Open Piano Competition (Torino, October 2013)

The Italian city of Torino was the stage for the second edition of the Open Piano Competition, which took place in October 2013. The three rounds of the competition took place at the auditorium of the Educatorio della Provvidenza, one of the oldest cultural institutions in Torino.

I had the great honour of being awarded the First Prize and the Special Prize to the best performance of a modern work, the latter for my performance of Pierre Boulez’s Sonata No. 2 in the final round. Iuliia Tarasevich (Russia) received the Second Prize and the Soroptimist Prize. The Third Prize was jointly awarded to Vincent Letourmy (France), Sara Costa (Italy) and Mariia Narodytska (Ukraine). In addition, Vincent received the Special Prize to the best performance of a Romantic work for his performance of Liszt’s “Après une lecture de Dante”, and Mariia’s interpretation of Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in C# minor, BWV 849 was selected as the best performance of an 18th-century work. Marco di Marzio won the special award “Spirit of the Open Piano Competition”. Once more I would like to send my warmest congratulations to all of them and to the rest of participants, and to wish them all the best in their musical – whether ‘professional’ or ‘non-professional’– lives. Very specially I would like to express my gratitude to the founders of the competition, Ella Connolly and Marco Nannini, for their inspiration and work to create this event, and to the members of the jury, Coady Green, Tina Zucchellini and Mattia Ometto.

The Open Piano Competition (OPC), launched in 2012 in London, is a new concept of piano competition in which ‘professional’ and ‘amateur’ pianists do not compete separately in independent competitions – as is the usual approach – but are instead set to be judged against each other in a common final round, thus removing the categories and “labels” imposed by musical background and training.

The third edition of the Open Piano Competition will take place in London on November 17-22, 2014. There is still time to enter the competition and be a part of this unique event – the deadline for application submission is August 31st. Everything about the Open Piano Competition – including instructions for application, repertoire, prizes, information about current and former editions and contestants – can be found at the OPC website. Photos and video recordings from the 2013 edition, along with the latest news, are posted at the competition Facebook page.

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