Applications are open for the 34th Edition of the Young Musician International Competition ‘Città di Barletta’
that will take place at the wonderful venue of the Curci Theatre in Barletta – Italy on 2024!!
Strings, Winds, Guitar and Chamber Music : 7 – 9 May 2024
Piano solo and Composition : 10 – 12 May 2024
Applications are open for the amazing
27th Edition of the International Piano Competition ‘Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize’
No application Fee, Prizes for 18.000 euros and 10 concerts,
Final with Simphony Orchestra Ico Suoni del Sud conducted by m° Benedetto Montebello.
All the Competition will take place at the wonderful venue of the Curci Theatre in Barletta – Italy!!
Here is the extraordinary 40th Music Season at Curci Theatre in Barletta!!!
Online all the Prize Winners of the 33rd International Competition for Young Musicians ‘Città di Barletta’
Our warmest Congratulations to the awarded Artists from all over the world and
see you again at the next Edition 2024!!!
even the Second outstanding Gala Concerto of the 33rd Young Musician International Competition ‘Città di Barletta’, with the First Absolute Prizes and the Special Prizes of the Piano Sections.
An extraordinary review of International Talents.
Here is the video link!!
the 1st extraordinary Gala Concerto of the 33rd Young Musician International Competition ‘Città di Barletta’, with the First Absolute Prizes of Guitar, Winds and Strings Sections and the Special Prizes Associazione Musicale Gabriella Cipriani and Barletta Ricettiva – Marida Bonadies.
Here are the winners of the Composition Section of the
33rd International Competition for Young Musicians ‘Città di Barletta’.
Congratulations to the composers from all over the world who participated in the event!!
‘Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize’
‘Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize’
‘Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize’
Great Succes for the Final Concerto of the 26th International Piano Competition “MAURO PAOLO MONOPOLI PRIZE”
First prize to Vietnamese pianist Ho Khanh Van , second prize to Russian Artem Kuznetsov, third prize to Japanese pianist Hana Igawa
Great success for the 26th International Piano Performance Competition “Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize, organized by the Culture and Music Association “G.Curci” in collaboration with and under the patronage of the City of Barletta, the Apulia Region, the Ministry of Culture, Buzzi – Unicem, the Megamark onlus Foundation, and the Barletta Ricettiva Association , with the various Special Prizes offered by Professor Maria Rita Lamonaca and Engineer Luca Dimiccoli that took place in the splendid setting of the Curci Theater in Barletta
A resounding Soundiff Symphony Orchestra – Diffrazioni Sonore, masterfully conducted by maestro Benedetto Montebello, in a packed theater, acted as a showcase for the three finalists on the final evening of the 26th International Piano Performance Competition “Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize” an event that brings the city of Barletta into the limelight every year all over the world, projecting it into a truly international dimension.
A very high level was found by the International Jury formed by masters Susan Shu Cheng Lin (Taiwan), Bertrand Giraud (France), Roberto Corlianò (Italy), Vittorio Costa (Italy), Lorenzo Di Bella (Italy), Benedetto Montebello (Italy), and Francesco Monopoli (Italy), who found themselves judging participants , from South Korea, Ukraine, Italy, Germany, Vietnam, Romania, Japan, Australia, Russia, Mexico, Armenia, Great Britain, Bulgaria, and China, who expressed a very high level of artistic and musical sensitivity and technical expressive quality never seen in previous years, making the Jury’s task truly difficult.
To open the evening, presented by Floriana Tolve, was the very young Vietnamese pianist Ho Khanh Van, the youngest of the three, just 20 years old, winner of many prizes in National and International Competitions, perfected with prestigious musicians and a student of Stepan Simonyan at the University of Music in Hamburg, who gave us a refined, engaging and fresh interpretation of Concerto No. 4 in G Major Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven engaging both the Jury and the audience that crowded the theater.
It was then the turn of Russian/Texan pianist Artem Kuznetsov, 33, one of the most awarded pianists, in the most prestigious International Piano Competitions, an eclectic artist and virtuoso of the keyboard, to captivate the audience with his romantic , quiet, thoughtful and melancholy performance of Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 in E Minor Op. 11.
The evening was then concluded by 30-year-old Japanese pianist Hana Igawa, whose Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major Op. 73, “Emperor,” with a richly colored interpretive mastery engaged the audience who applauded her at length .
At the end of the evening the prestigious International Jury, decided to award First Prize to the Vietnamese pianist Ho Khanh Van, to her goes the prize offered by Buzzi Unicem and the Nuovo IMAIE Prize of ten thousand euros, for a tour project of six concerts, yet another recognition for the work done over the years by the Curci Association, which will allow him to carry out a tour of concerts throughout Italy. To her also went the Audience Prize, offered this year by Professor Maria Rita Lamonaca along with a concert with the Soundiff Orchestra – Diffrazioni Sonore. Second Prize went to Russian/Texan Kuznetsov Artem to whom the prize offered by the non-profit Fondazione Megamark went and Third Prize to Japanese Igawa Hana, offered by the Artistic Direction of the Associazione Cultura e Musica G. Curci.
The Special Prize “Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli,” offered by m° ing. Luca Dimiccoli, went to Korean pianist Park Jeongro and Japanese pianist Ota Saya , three semifinalists awarded by Buzzi Unicem : Japanese Yuki Mihara, Italian Federica Reale and Japanese Sayaka Yamashita
Special praise goes to the spectacular Symphony Orchestra Soundiff – Diffrazione Sonore, (over 45 elements), composed of artists from our area mostly under 35, the only Apulian orchestral reality recognized by FUS, masterfully conducted by Maestro Benedetto Montebello.
For the presentation of the Awards to the various winners, the Deputy Mayor Dr. Giuseppe Di Leo, the Councillor for Social Services Dr. Rosaria Mirabello, Dr. Domenico Ingegno, Director of Buzzi – Unicem, Barletta plant, Dr. Michele Sardone representing the Municipality of Barletta, attended the ceremony. Michele Sardone representing the Megamark Foundation – Onlus and Cavaliere Giovanni Pomarico and Raffaele Rizzi President of the Barletta Ricettiva Association who with their words paid tribute to this now traditional reality that every year projects Barletta in a truly international context.
The very large audience appreciated and underscored the skill of the finalists with very long applause and ovations of enthusiastic admiration both towards these young artists who, for the love of music, do not hesitate to travel all over the world and every year find themselves in Barletta, and towards the International Jury that during these long days of intense auditions found itself listening to so many artists of international level and having to choose the best during this International Music Competition, which has the honorary presidency of the late great maestro Carlo Maria Giulini, dedicated to the unforgettable Mauro Paolo Monopoli .
Our warmest Congratulations to the Finalists :
26th International Piano Competition ‘Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize’
– KIM Jeongjin South Korea