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17° International Competition for Young Musicians “Luigi Zanuccoli”


The Associazione Musicale ClassicAllMusic, with the contribution of the Municipality of Sogliano al Rubicone – Department of Culture and Pro Loco, organizes the 17° International Competition for Young Musicians “Luigi Zanuccoli”, which aims not only to identify and value young musical talents, but also to create a moment of cultural exchange and encounter between young people from different nations, in a little town rich in tradition and history.

The Competition is inspired by the figure of Luigi Zanuccoli, master of music and composer. He began his musical training in the band body of his village and continued his studies at the Liceo Musicale of Bologna, directed in those years by Giuseppe Martucci (1886-1902) and Marco Enrico Bossi (1902-1911), the two musicians who are considered the architects of the “Italian instrumental renaissance” of the end of the 19th century. He graduated in piano and composition studying from 1898 to 1902 with Cesare Dall’Olio and from 1902 to 1903 with Bossi and received, in September 1905, the diploma of Honorary Member Founder with silver medal of the Sicilian Philharmonic Academy “Pietro Platania“. He directed the Bologna Municipal Orchestra for a few years and then decided to move to Turkey where he spent most of his professional life as a musician. In 1942 he settled permanently in Sogliano, near his sister Elodia. He died on March 19, 1944.

These are the different sections of the competition for this edition: Soloists, Ensemble, Orchestras, Choirs, and Musical Middle School and Musical High School Musical.

In addition to the main competition there will then be three special sections

International Lyrical Singing Competition
Internazionale Violin Competition
International Chamber Music Competition

The jury will be composed of international professors and concert performers led by the cellist Claudio Casadei. Members of the jury who have didactic or kinship relationships with competitors will not participate in the prize-giving vote

The competition rules can be found on the contest WEBSITE. The registration deadline is Monday 6 May 2019.

For more information, you can contact the  Associazione Musicale ClassicAllMusic (Via Lucio Lando 45 – 47921 Rimini (RN) – Italia – Mobile+39 3922445659 – zanuccoli@classicallmusic.com)

The 17° International Competition for Young Musicians “Luigi Zanuccoli” will be held from 24 May to 2 June 2019, at the Pro Loco and the Teatro “Elisabetta Turroni”.

The winners of the First Prize of the various sections of the Competition will perform in the award ceremony on Sunday 2 June 2019, again in the “Elisabetta Turroni” Theater and receive prizes worth a total of € 20,000 in the form of scholarships, vouchers, and musical instruments.

A short walk from the theater, there is a little museum that anyone who loves music should absolutely visit: the Museo del Disco d’Epoca. The museum itinerary allows the visitor to retrace all stages of the evolution of recording and sound reproduction techniques. There is an ancient phonograph that plays cylindrical disks and a gramophone for 120-turn discs, with a long circumference. And then old vintage picnic turntables working with batteries and an old jukebox playing 78-turn discs. A guitar by Bruce Springsteen and lots of archival material, like opera libretti. And then thousands of vinyl and CDs. In the same building, the marvelous Palazzo Ripa Marcosanti, dating back to the 18th century, you can find also the Museo di Arte Povera, a museum dedicated to the art of printing and to the art book.

Sogliano sul Rubicone, the location of the Competition, is indeed a wonderful little town. Sogliano is a town that is slightly over 3000 inhabitants, in the province of Forlì-Cesena, about 40 km from Forlì, and 26 km from Cesena. The town is known for the production of a very particular type of cheese aged in old wheat pits, of Malatesta origin, also known as “fossa cheese”. The name of the town seems to derive from “Fundus Solliani“, the ancient denomination of the area on which the Municipality stands today, and from a “Castrum Solliani“, of 1144, owned by the Silighini family, a family that remained in Sogliano until the end of the 18th century, when it moved to the territory of the Ville di Montetiffi, where there is still today the residence of the family. In the medieval period, Sogliano sul Rubicone was a castle of the Malatesta of Rimini, who ruled the territory of Sogliano until 1640, when it passed to the Papal State. In the early twentieth century, the sisters of the poet Giovanni Pascoli studied and stayed in the local Convent of the Augustinians, so the famous Italian poet was deeply attached to the place to which he dedicated several poems.