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18th 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 18th International Competition for Young Musicians “Luigi Zanuccoli”, that will be held from May 21 to June 2, 2020, at the Pro Loco and the Teatro “Elisabetta Turroni”.

The competition 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.

Sogliano al Rubicone, the village where the competition will be held, is in fact the birthplace of Luigi Zanuccoli, the pianist and composer to whom the competition is dedicated. Zanuccoli began his musical training in the band of Sogliano, directed by Maestro Pietro Furiosi, and continued his studies at the Liceo Musicale in 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 revival” of the late 1800s. Zanuccoli graduated in piano and composition, studying from 1898 to 1902 with Cesare Dall’Olio and from 1902 to 1903 with Enrico Bossi, and in September 1905 he received the honorary founding partner diploma with a silver medal from the dell’Accademia Filarmonica Siciliana “Pietro Platania”. He lived in Rimini, in via Tempio Malatestiano, between 1910 and 1920 and here he composed several works (for piano – voice and piano – cello and piano – violin, cello, and piano) among which the most important is the Trittico Giottesco, for 11 instruments, dedicated to the frescoes of the church of Sant’Agostino, found after the violent earthquake of 1916. He directed the Orchestra Comunale di Bologna for a few years, then deciding to move to Turkey where he spent most of his professional life as a musician. In 1942 he returned to Italy and settled permanently in Sogliano, with his sister Elodia. He died on March 19, 1944, and was buried in San Giovanni Galilea, a hamlet of Borghi. His compositions, collected in the “Fondo Zanuccoli” are now preserved in the Library of Ravenna.

These are the details on the different sections and dates of this edition:

SECTION I: Soloist – 23/27/28/29 May 2020

SECTION II: Groups (Ensembles, Orchestras, Choirs) – 2 June 2020

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

♦ International Competition of Opera Singing21 May 2020
International Competition for Violin 31 May/1 June 2020
International Competition for Chamber Music29-30 May 2020

The jury will be composed of international professors and concert performers. The artistic director of the competition is 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 on May 4, 2019.

The winners of the First Prize of the various sections of the Competition will perform in the award ceremony on 2 Giugno 2020, in the Teatro “Elisabetta Turroni” and will receive prizes worth a total of € 20,000 in the form of scholarships, vouchers, and musical instruments

Sogliano sul Rubicone, the venue of the Competition, is one of the many small Italian villages that deserve to be discovered. Sogliano is a town that slightly exceeds 3000 inhabitants, in the Forlì-Cesena province, 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 ancient grain pits, of Malatesta origin, also known as “pit cheese”. The name of the village seems to derive from “Fundus Solliani“, the ancient name of the area on which the Municipality stands today. Name found in the “Castrum Sulliani”, of 1144, owned by the Silighini family, a family who remained in Sogliano until the end of the eighteenth century, when he moved to the territory of the Ville di Montetiffi, where the residence of the family. In the medieval period, Sogliano sul Rubicone was the castle of the Malatesta family of Rimini, who ruled the Soglianese territory until 1640, the year in which it passed to the Papal States. In the early years of the twentieth century, the sisters of the poet Giovanni Pascoli studied and stayed in the local Convent of the Augustinians, who was deeply linked to the place to which he dedicated several poems.

A few steps from the “Elisabetta Turroni” Theater, home of the Zanuccoli Competition, there is a small museum that anyone who loves music must visit: the “Museo del Disco d’Epoca”. The museum itinerary allows the visitor to retrace all the stages of the evolution of sound recording and reproduction techniques. There is an ancient phonograph that plays cylindrical disks and a gramophone for 120 rpm disks with a long circumference. And then old vintage picnic turntables running on batteries and an old jukebox playing 78 rpm records. A Bruce Springsteen guitar and lots of archival paper material, such as opera librettos. And then thousands of vinyl and CDs. In the same building, the wonderful Palazzo Ripa Marcosanti, from the 18th century, is also worth visiting, however, the “Museo di arte povera”, a museum dedicated to the art of printing and the artbook.

Further information can be found on the competition WEBSITE or by contacting
Associazione Musicale ClassicAllMusic
Via Lucio Lando 45 – 47921 Rimini (RN) – Italia
Mobile: +39 3922445659