Regulation Elsa Pozzoli 2021

The 5th edition of the International Competition for Young Pianists “Tribute to Elsa Pozzoli” (formerly known as “Il Pozzolino”), organized by the City of Seregno (Italy) will take place from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th September 2021  at the L’Auditorium Piazza Risorgimento.

The Competition is open to pianists of both genders and any nationality who are born from 1st January, 2003.

Pianists can apply for the following Categories:

Category Date of birth Application fee
A From 2013 60,00 €
B 2010, 2011, 2012 70,00 €
C 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 80,00 €
D 2003, 2004, 2005 90,00 €

Competitors can apply for one category only. Competitors may apply for a superior age category if they believe themselves qualified to do so.


Registration is done online, on this website, by following the procedure indicated. The registration deadline is 23rd August 2021.

Applications must contain the following documents:

  1. candidate’s copy of identification card;
  2. one current photo in front position, in high resolution, jpg extension;
  3. photo/video consent and release form and privacy notice form, both signed by a parent or a tutor;
  4. application fee payment receipt.

The registration will be valid only after the payment of the competition entry fee (net of bank charges), stating the name of the applicant, to be paid as follows:

  • Online payment on this website (Paypal)
  • Bank transfer to Concorso Pianistico Ettore Pozzoli
    Banca Popolare di Milano – Tesoreria Comunale
    IBAN IT 70 V 05584 33840 000000019900

The application fee is not refundable, unless the Organisation Committee decides to cancel the Competition stages of one or more Categories due to a lack of applicants or to any other reason.

  • The Artistic Committee will decide the admission of the candidates to the Competition.
  • After the payment of the registration fee, applicants will receive the music sheet of the corresponding Category repertoire compositions (see “Competition Repertoire”) without charges.
Categoria Premio
points 97-100 
D • 2.000,00 €
• Opening Recital of the XXXII Piano Competition Ettore Pozzoli
28th September 2021
C  1.500,00 €
B  1.000,00 €
A 500,00 €
point 95-96
D N. 2 scholarships of 750,00 €
C N. 2 scholarships of 500,00 €
B N. 2 scholarships of 400,00 €
A N. 2 scholarships of 250,00 €
Cat. A
To the best performance of one of the compulsory pieces from “Piccole scintille” by Ettore Pozzoli 200,00 €
Cat. B
To the best performance of one of the compulsory pieces from “Pinocchio” by Ettore Pozzoli 250,00 €
Cat. C
To the best performance of one of the compulsory pieces from “Impressioni” by Ettore Pozzoli 300,00 €
Cat. D
To the best performance of one of the compulsory pieces from “Riflessi del mare” by Ettore Pozzoli 350,00 €
 SPECIAL PRIZE To the best performance of one of the reported contemporary pieces of the 2019 International Composition Contest Ettore Pozzoli, for cat. D 500,00 €
SPECIAL PRIZE For the teacher who presents the highest number of finalists in the first 3 position Invitation to take part in the 2022 Competition Jury
SPECIAL PRIZE To the best performer in absolute of the pieces by Ettore Pozzoli 500,00 € voucher to purchase methods and music sheet offered by Casa Ricordi, to be spent online
SPECIAL AUDIENCE PRIZE To the best finalist chosen by the audience 500,00 € voucher to purchase methods and music sheet offered by Casa Ricordi, to be spent online
To the best performance, of Category B, of the compulsory Ettore Pozzoli piece “Pinocchio”. Recital to Villa Garzoni in Collodi (Italy) offered by National Foundation Carlo Collodi
CERTIFICATE OF MERIT Score exceeding 80 points Certificate of Merit
CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE All competitors Certificate of Attendance

  • Cash awards and special prizes may be subject to Italian income tax laws.


  1. E. Pozzoli from “24 piccoli studi facili e progressivi” a study of choice among n. 14 – 16 – 18 – 20 – 22 -23
  2. E. Pozzoli from “Piccole scintille” 15 pezzettini facili a piece of choice among n. 4 – 6 – 9 – 11- 12 – 14
  3. A free 5 minutes programme


  1. E. Pozzoli from “15 Studi facili per le piccole mani” a study of choice among n. 5 – 6 – 7 – 10 – 13 – 14
  2. E. Pozzoli from Little Suite “Pinocchio” a piece of choice
  3. A free 10 minutes programme


  1. E. Pozzoli from “Studi a moto rapido” a study of choice among n. 2 – 4 – 6 – 14 – 23 – 27)
  2. E. Pozzoli from “Impressioni” a study of choice among Booklet I n. 1 – 4 – 6, Booklet I n. 7 – 8 – 12
  3. A free 15 minutes programme


  1. E. Pozzoli from “Studi di media difficoltà” a study of choice among n. 5 – 11 – 16 – 21 – 30 – 31
  2. E. Pozzoli from “Riflessi del mare” a piece of choice between n. 1 and 2
  3. A free 20 minutes programme
  4. One of the following recommended pieces of the International Composition Contest “Ettore Pozzoli” 2017:
    Paanch by Alberto Alassio
    L’ombra tra le mani by Andrea Damiano Cotti
  • On Sunday 26th September 2021 at 4.00 p.m., finalists will perform one or more pieces chosen in accordance with the Jury, among those performed in the First Round
  • It is not required to perform, the compulsory pieces of Ettore Pozzoli and the recommended pieces of the International Composition Contest “Ettore Pozzoli”, from memory.
  • The pieces order is at the competitors’ discretion.
  • Any changes in the programme beyond Monday 23rd August 2021, will be accepted but will not appear in the Official Guide of the Competition.
  • Refrains can be performed at the competitors’ discretion, as long as the total duration of the programme does not exceed the time limit. If so, the Jury may propose to reduce the programme or stop the performance.
Thursday 23rd
Friday 24th
Saturday 25th
Sunday 26th
4.00 p.m.


  • The order of performance will be determined by draw and competitors will receive the final notification of acceptance within 10 days of the deadline.
  • Applicants are requested to appear at least one hour before the beginning of the corresponding Category Stage at the Competition Secretary with a document of identification.
  • Competitors who doesn’t perform during the final will be excluded from the competition.
  • The Jury reserves itself the right to change the order of performance at its own discretion.
  • Competitors will be assessed by an international Jury composed by 5 distinguished pianists. The Mayor of Seregno or a delegate can attend the Jury deliberations.
  • The Secretary takes part in every phases of the Competition, including Jury deliberations.
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • Any jury member who currently teaches to one or more competitors or has held master-classes in the last 2 years in which one or more competitors have taken part will abstain from voting for those competitors.
  • A maximum of 3 competitors will be admitted to the final round of each Category. The final round of all Categories will take place in Seregno at 4.00 pm on Sunday 26th September 2021.
  • Saturday 2nd May 2020: Accreditation starts
  • Monday 23rd August 2021: Application deadline
  • Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th September 2021: Competition stages for Cat. D and C
  • Saturday 25th September 2021: Competition stages for Cat. B and A
  • Sunday 26th September 2021 at 4.00 p.m: Final round of the 4 categories and declaration of the winners
  • All competitors may communicate the Secretariat the date and time of arrival in Seregno.
  • A supervising adult must accompany competitors for the duration of the Competition and for their stay in Seregno. Supervisors are fully responsible for competitors at all times.
  • Free accommodation with local families or, if necessary, in accommodation facilities is granted to the first 30 applicants and their supervisors, regardless of their categories.
  • For the entire stay in Seregno, at all candidates will be given free piano daily practice facilities.
  • All competition rounds are open to the public.
  • The City of Seregno reserves itself the right to record, produce and distribute all performances and to choose the appropriate time and means to do so.
  • The application must be co-signed by a parent or a guardian that authorises the use of personal data, the recording, production and distribution of audiovisual material.
  • The organizers declines all liability for any damage to persons or property occurring during the Competition.
  • The Organizing Committee of the Competition has the right to make any changes at all times.
  • By submitting the application, the applicant agrees to all Rules and Regulations of the Competition.

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