The “Ettore Pozzoli” Competition does not give up to Covid
The thirty-second edition of the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition will take place. On the recommendation of the Competition’s Executive Committee, in fact, the Municipality of Seregno has confirmed the Competition for next fall, from 28th September (opening night) to 5th October (final rehearsal with the Orchestra).
In today’s global scenario, it is not simple to organise an event that involves moving from one country to another. Nevertheless, the Pozzoli Competition will try to be present, as a sign of hope for a sector – that of art and culture – that has been at a standstill for too long and is feverishly looking for signs of a restart.
This decision was influenced by the indications of the Competition’s Executive Committee, which includes Cristina Frosini and Massimiliano Baggio, respectively Director and Deputy Director of the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, who replaced Vincenzo Balzani and Barbara Tolomelli.
The Executive Committee, in its analysis of the international scenario with particular attention to piano competitions, considered that – for many musicians – the confirmation of the Pozzoli Competition could represent a valuable opportunity to relaunch their artistic careers, which suffered a set-back during the pandemic.
The final phase of the Competition will be held in presence, to confirm the strong and fundamental local roots of the event in the city of Seregno. In order to ensure compliance with health indications and the running of the Competition, an initial on-line preliminary round has been introduced, leading to the first phase in the presence of a maximum of thirty candidates. Applications must be submitted by 30th June.
The Jury of this edition will be composed of Davide Cabassi (Italy), Alexander Kobrin (United States/Russia), HieYon Choi (South Korea), Roberto Cominati (Italy), Boris Slutsky (United States), Zhe Tang (China) and Rolf Plagge (Germany).
In order to give particular prestige and importance to the final phase of the Competition, the performance with orchestra accompaniment has been confirmed, with the participation of the Orchestra Sinfonica laVerdi of Milan, musical excellence of the Italian and foreign scene.
In addition to its traditional supporters, the Competition has already gathered new collaborations: Fondazione Bracco (which will offer a concert to the winner and a special prize to the best-ranked female competitor), Morellino Classica Festival Internazionale Toscana and Serate Musicali di Milano (which will include a concert by the winner in their 2022 musical season).
The Executive Committee also proposed to postpone the fifth edition of the youth Competition Tributo a Elsa Pozzoli to 2022. The organisation of such an event might not receive an adequate number of participants: it is aimed at school-age children, for whom transfers and quarantine are particularly onerous.