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Guide to the Antonio Mormone International Prize

Artists speak about the Premio

An absolute novelty in the Italian panorama due to its strong international vocation and the many connections it establishes in the music scene, the Antonio Mormone International Prize, enhanced by the presence of world star Evgeny Kissin as honorary chairman, arises today as the ideal culmination of a vibrant journey which has crowned Milan the undisputed capital of Italian musical culture, as well as finest ambassador of our Country.

An international jury will follow the candidates’ progress in Italy and abroad. In Milan, a series of concerts between October 2019 and July 2020 involves music venues from city centre to the suburbs. The final round will take place at the Teatro alla Scala, to the winner 30.000 Euros, the recording of a CD with Universal, a contract with a management agency and prestigious performances.

The Antonio Mormone International Prize is born thanks to the initiative of Enrica Ciccarelli Mormone, pianist, manager and president of the Foundation La Societa’ dei Concerti, as a tribute to the memory of a man with unique artistic sensitivity and whose energy and initiative enriched Milan and its audiences with many and varied music seasons.

An acclaimed international artistic talent scout, Antonio Mormone had always looked at the world with a “glocal” approach, even before the word was invented. Deeply rooted in and engaged with the city, he was nonetheless a free citizen of the world forever seeking out novelty, quality and talent. Thus, he inevitably became the point of reference, since the start of their careers, of many undisputed great artists of today. Among the music stars who recognize his crucial role, is the pianist Evgeny Kissin who accepted, for the first time in his career, and notwithstanding the great choice of prestigious proposals he has received, the appointment as Honorary Chairman of the Prize.

It is a Prize that, with its many guiding principles, deeply expresses the essence of Milan: the willingness to create connections throughout Italy and the world – the list of illustrious international concert and academic institutions which participate both in the global phase of the competition and in the one following the proclamation of the winner. Equally important are the names of the jurors and the desire to involve the entire city, from the Teatro alla Scala to local venues in the suburbs, with many free events and, finally but most importantly, the focus of attention on supporting young artists as they make the difficult transition to a professional career of the highest order.

The Prize

The Antonio Mormone International Prize is established by the Foundation La Societa’ dei Concerti. Among the promoters are the Municipality of Milan, the Region of Lombardy, Teatro alla Scala and the State Conservatory of Music “G. Verdi” of Milan. It will be awarded every four years and is alternatively dedicated to piano and violin. Enrica Ciccarelli Mormone, pianist and president, is the artistic director. Co-director is Matthieu Mantanus, pianist and conductor.

The first edition is dedicated to the piano. Young pianists between 18 and 28 years of age are eligible to take part in the selections. The complete rules are available on the official website of the Prize www.antoniomormone.org. The aspiring competitors must complete their applications on-line by the 4th of July 2019.

The Selections

One of the most innovative characteristics of the Prize is its role of talent incubator, a creator of a space where young musicians can express themselves under the spotlight of audiences, experts and professionals so that they can stand out and find artistic fullness.

The schedule of the concert performance evaluations has been designed to provide candidates with the opportunity to showcase their abilities over a wide span of time by engaging with solo, chamber and symphonic programs and repertoires which range from classic to modern (including a new piece commissioned to the composer Ivan Fedele by the artistic direction of the Prize). Throughout this progression of artistic development the candidates will be observed by and jurors in multiple and different settings. The most innovative and distinctive formula of the Prize is the introduction of a “travelling jury”. In parallel with the tests in Milan, members of an international commission will anonymously attend public performances of the candidates in various concert halls around the globe.

Final and Awards Ceremony

The three finalists will advance to the public tests in Milan.

Thursday, 2nd and Friday 3rd of July 2020 in the Verdi Hall of the Conservatory a piano recital and a chamber music performance will take place, with the participation of the Adorno Quartet.

Sunday, 5th of July 2020, the three candidates will perform with orchestra at the Teatro alla Scala, with the participation of the Orchestra of the Academy of Teatro alla Scala.

The winner, who will be proclaimed at the end of the concert, will be awarded 30.000 Euros. He/she will also receive: a recording session with Universal, a year of management by the agency Lorenzo Baldrighi Artists Management. He/she will also perform concerts in Italy, Germany, Poland, North America, Asia.

Fact file
Deadline04 Mar - 04 Jul 2019
Finals02 - 05 Jul 2020
WhereMilan, Italy
Age groupsAnyone born between 1 January 1992 and 31 December 2001
The final round

MilanAntonio Mormone International Prize - Final round

Beethoven, Fedele
Finalists of the Antonio Mormone International Prize, Piano

MilanAntonio Mormone International Prize - Final round

Beethoven, Fedele
Finalists of the Antonio Mormone International Prize, Piano

MilanAntonio Mormone International Prize - Final round

to be announced
Winner of the Antonio Mormone International Prize, Piano
Competition prizes

The International Antonio Mormone Prize is one and indivisible. It is composed as follows: 

€30,000 before any tax deductions by law

 - One year representation by Baldrighi Artists Managemen (www.baldrighi.com)

 - A recording on Universal

 - Performances for: Foundation La Società dei Concerti, Milan; Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Rome; Musica Insieme, Bologna; Amici della Musica, Florence; Festival Pianistico Internazionale, Brescia and Bergamo: Camerata Ducale, Vercelli; Teatro Comunale, Carpi; Festival Le Classiche Forme; Stuttgarter Philharmoniker; Nürnberger Symphoniker; StaatsPhilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz; Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen; NWD Philharmonie; Festival Sant Pere de Rodes; Hammerklavier International Piano Series; Besalù Festival; Buffalo Philharmonic; Virginia Symphony Orchestra; Tongyeong International Music Festival; Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Katowice; Konzerthaus Berlin Bechstein Series.

Other prizes for finalists: 

- Prize of €5,000 before any tax deductions by law for each one of the two finalists not awarded the Antonio Mormone International Prize. 

- Prize of the Friends of the Prize Club: € 1.000 (euro one thousand) offered by the Friends of the Antonio Mormone International Prize to the candidate who receives the greatest number of votes from the Club.