Since 1959 every two years an International Piano Competition is held in Seregno (Province of Monza e Brianza), Italy, to commemorate the town’s renowned composer, teacher and pride of the Italian music Ettore Pozzoli.


Admission is open to pianists of all nationalities born on or after the 1st January 1987.
Registration must be online on this website by following the procedure indicated and it must be submitted by 21st August 2019.

The application must be accompany the following documents:

  1. identification document;
  2. two recent photographs from the waist up in digital format and high-resolution.

The registration will be valid only after the payment of a € 90 (net of bank charges), that must be paid by:

  • Bank transfer to Banca Popolare di Milano – Tesoreria Comunale – Concorso Pianistico Internazionale Ettore Pozzoli – IBAN IT 70 V 05584 33840 000000019900 (Only for foreign candidates BPMI IT MM 141) specifying the name of the competitor.
  • paypal on this website (€ 93,00 charges included).

The entry fee is not refundable.


The candidates admitted to the competition will be examined by an international Jury consisting of eminent musicians.
Only the Mayor of Seregno may be present while the jury is in sitting.
The competition’s secretary will always be present.
The decision of the jury will be final and beyond appeal.
A member of the jury is not allowed to present candidates with whom they have an ongoing teaching relationship or kinship.
Members of the jury may not vote for any student who might have attended their masterclasses.
Admission from one stage to another is decided by simple majority vote of the jury members. The number of contestants admitted to the next round is established by the jury.
No more than 8 competitors will be admitted to the third round.
No more than 3 competitors will be admitted to the final with orchestra.


The day before the opening of the competition the order of appearance in the first stage will be drawn by lot. Only the Chairman of the jury can modify the order in the cases of force majeure. For the final with orchestra the order will be decided by the jury according to the planned programme.

  • Competitors who are not available to perform when required will be disqualified.
  • All works performed must be played from memory.
  • The order in which they are to be performed may be determined by the competitor with the exception of the Pozzoli’s studies that must not be played at the end of the performance.
  • No works may be repeated in another stage.
  • Any changes to the repertoire must be submitted by 22nd August 2019. After that date, the changes will still be accepted but will not be updated on the official programme.
  • Repeats may be included or omitted at the applicant’s discretion, bearing in mind the time limits specified.
  • The jury reserves the right to select only part of a work to be performed or to stop competitors who exceed the time limit allocated.
  • All stages of the competition will be open to the public and web-streamed.


A maximum of 15 minutes programme including:

  1. One etude by Chopin
  2. One etude from Liszt to Ligeti
  3. A piece of own choice.


A maximum of 40 minutes programme including:

  1. An important sonata by Haydn or Mozart or Clementi or Beethoven
  2. One or more compositions written in the romantic period
  3. Three studies by Ettore Pozzoli chosen from:
    Studi di media difficoltà n. 16 e n. 30
    Studi a moto rapido n. 23 e n. 27
    Studi sulle note ribattute n. 9


A maximum of 70 minutes programme including:

  1. A trio for piano, violin and cello chosen from:
    – Haydn – Trio in mi maggiore Hob. XV n. 28
    – Mozart – Trio in mi maggiore K.542
    – Beethoven – Trio in re maggiore op. 70 n. 1
  2. One or more compositions written in the romantic period
  3. One or more compositions written after 1900
  4. One piece of Ettore Pozzoli “Riflessi del Mare”


Final with Orchestra
Perform one of the following concerts:

  • Mozart
    E flat major K 271
    G major K 453
    D minor K 466
    C major K 467
    E flat major K 482
    A major K 488
    C minor K 491
    C major K 503
    B flat major K 595
  • Beethoven
    C major op. 15
    B flat major op. 19
    C minor op. 37
    G major op. 58
    E flat major op. 73
  • Chopin
    E minor op. 11
    F minor op. 21
  • Schumann
    A minor op. 54
    E flat major
    A major
  • Brahms
    D minor op. 15
  • Grieg
    A minor op. 16
  • Tchaikovsky
    B flat minor op. 23
  • Rachmaninov
    C minor op. 18
    D minor op. 30

First prize

  • 15.000,00 euro offered by Municipal Administration of Seregno.
  • 10 concerts offered by public and private institution to be played in 2020/2021 season in Italy and abroad. The concerts will be published on this website.

Second prize

  • 6.000,00 euro offered by Gelsia.

Third prize

  • 3.000,00 euro offered by Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Carate Brianza.

Special prize to the best performance of the Pozzoli studies
Prize in memory of Prof. Angelo Biella (doctor and great passionate and supporter of the Pozzoli Competition since his first editions) and Bishop Giuseppe Biella (pupil and eminent collaborator of Ettore Pozzoli).

  • 1.000,00 euro offered by Biella Family.

Special prize Rotary Se.De.Ca.
Prize to the best semifinalist offered by Rotary Se.De.Ca.

  • 2.500,00 euro.

Special prize to the youngest Italian semi-finalist
Prize in memory of Luigi Pontiggia (1919-1987), renowned tenor from Seregno.

  • 1.000,00 euro offered by Municipal Administration of Seregno.

Special prize to the youngest foreign semi-finalist
Prize in memory of Giulio Confalonieri (1896-1972), illustrious composer and active promoter of the Competition until 1972.

  • 1.000,00 euro offered by Municipal Administration of Seregno.

Special audience prize to the finalist chosen by the public during the final

  • 500,00 euro voucher to purchase methods and music sheets offered by Casa Ricordi, to be spent online (dealers chosen by Casa Ricordi).

Nkoda prize

  • Nkoda yearly subscription to the 3 finalists.
  • An honorary diploma will be awarded to all contestants admitted to the semi-final.
  • Cash awards may be subject to Italian income tax laws.
  • Wednesday 21st August 2019
    Application deadline
  • Tuesday 24th September 2019
    Roll Call participants and draw by lot for the order of presentation
  • Wednesday 25th September 2019
    First round (qualifying)
  • Friday 27th September 2019
    Second round (qualifying)
  • Sunday 29th September 2019
    Third round – Execution of chamber and solo programme
  • Tuesday 1st October 2019
    Fourth round (final) with Orchestra and award ceremony
  • Applicants are requested to inform the secretariat of the competition about the date and time of their arrival in Seregno, they are nevertheless required to appear, with a document of identification, for the roll call Tuesday, 24th September 2019 at 5 p.m. at the secretariat of the Pozzoli Competition.
    Latecomers will be excluded from the competition.
  • Free daily practice facilities will be provided for competitors and to the first 30 candidates subscribing to the competition will be given a free hospitality in family or other facilities.
    Accommodation with families or other facilities will be provided by the organization one day before the competition for EU contestants and two days before the competition for non-EU contestants.
    Relatives and other attendants must find their own accommodation at their own expense.
  • Contestants admitted to the competition must abide by the competition rules. Should any dispute arise regarding the interpretation of the rules, the italian version of the text only will be valid.
    The executive committee of the International Piano Competition Ettore Pozzoli, reserves the right to make changes to the organization where necessary.
    The competition organisers can accept no responsibility for accidents that candidates might suffer due to their participation in the competition.

For further information and update enquire to:
Segreteria Concorso Pozzoli
Piazza Martiri della Libertà n. 1
20831 SEREGNO (MB) – Italia
Tel.: (+39) 0362 263541-551-550


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