Regulation – Il Pozzolino 2018

The 4thedition of the International Competition for Young Pianists “Il Pozzolino”, organized by the City of Seregno (Italy) will take place from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th November, 2018 at the L’Auditorium Piazza Risorgimento 36 (Monza e Brianza – Italy).

The Competition is open to pianists of both genders and any nationality, who are born between 1st January, 2001 and 31st December, 2012.

Pianists can apply for the following Categories:

Category Date of birth Application fee
A 2010, 2011 e 2012 50,00 €
B 2007, 2008 e 2009 60,00 €
C 2004, 2005 e 2006 70,00 €
D 2001, 2002 e 2003 80,00 €

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 15th October 2018.

Applications must contain the following documents:

  1. candidate’s copy of identification card;
  2. two current photos (with a good quality);
  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) 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
    stating the name of the applicant.

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 without charges.
Categoria Premio
points 97-100 
D  2.000,00 €
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 €
point 90-94
A, B, C and D Second Classified Diploma
point 85-89
A, B, C and D Third Classified Diploma
 SPECIAL PRIZE To the best performance of one of the reported contemporary pieces of the 2017 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 2020 Competition Jury
SPECIAL PRIZE To the best performance of the compulsory Ettore Pozzoli pieces 500,00 € voucher to purchase methods and music sheet offered by Casa Ricordi, to be spent online (dealers chosen by Casa Ricordi)
SPECIAL AUDIENCE PRIZE To the finalist chosen by the audience during the final 500,00 € voucher to purchase methods and music sheet offered by Casa Ricordi, to be spent online (dealers chosen by Casa Ricordi)
To the best performance, of Category B, of the compulsory Ettore Pozzoli piece, “Pinocchio. Piccola suite per pianoforte”. Recital to Villa Garzoni in Collodi 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 Piccola 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” Fascicolo I n. 1 – 4 – 6, fascicolo II n. 7 – 8 – 12 a piece of choice
  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:
    Suite meteorologica per piccoli pianisti of Pietro Dossena
    La scala segreta of Andrea Damiano Cotti
    The jazz learner of Mauro Giuliante
    Tre studietti per pianoforte a forma di sonatina of Valerio Lorenzo Giannella
    Preludio of Giancarlo Simonacci
  • On Sunday 25th November 2018 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” 2017, from memory.
  • The pieces order is at the competitors’ discretion.
  • Changes in the programme will be accepted until 15th October 2018. Any changes beyond that date 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.
Giovedi 22nd
Venerdi 23rd
Sabato 24th
Domenica 25th
Domenica 25th
TIME 10.00 a.m. 10.00 a.m. 10.00 a.m. 9.00 a.m. 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 are unable to perform when called upon to do so, 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 can attend the Jury deliberations.
  • A maximum of 3 competitors will be admitted to the final round of each Category.
  • 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 25th November 2018.
  • Monday 8th January 2018: Accreditation starts
  • Monday 15th October 2018: Application deadline
  • Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd November 2018: Competition stages for Cat. D and C
  • Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November 2018: Competition stages for Cat. A and B
  • Sunday 25th November 2018 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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