Aevea Piano Prize (APP): The first International Piano & Chamber Music Recording Competition

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Aevea Piano Prize (APP)
II/2020 — Jury@Home Edition!


Total Prizes: Euros 15,000+
Toward the Production of Recordings, as well as Concerts



1st Prize
Feodor Amirov


2nd Prize (ex-aequo)
Marcin Wieczorek
Andrew Ivanov


3rd Prize (ex-aequo)
Maria Narodytska
Elia Cecino


Chopin Prize
Marcin Wieczorek


Concerts Prizes
Maria Narodytska, Marcin Wieczorek, Feodor Amirov, Elia Cecino, Andrey Ivanov


OnClassical Prizes
Ke Ma, Maria Narodytska, Giuseppe Greco, Fabio Romano, Marcin Wieczorek,
Vladimir Skomorokhov, Elia Cecino, Andrey Ivanov, Zornitsa Ilarionova & Martina Tabakova, Feodor Amirov


Special mentions
Nicolas Giacalone, Dario Zanconi, Eri Yamamoto, Francesca Maria Villani, Duo Adamé


Applications received from Usa, Canada, Europe (almost from every country), Russia, China and Japan citizens.

Monographic programs presented: Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Franck, Scriabin.

Verona, 19-23 September, 2020
Sala Maffeiana - Accademia Filarmonica

For Solo Piano / Chamber Music Duo & Trio w/ Piano / Piano 4-Hands


The Aevea Piano Prize (APP) is an International Competition whose purpose is to promote selected participants through relevant performance opportunities and worldwide distribution of their recordings.


The competition takes place at the prestigious Sala Maffeiana in Verona, located nearby the Arena. Considered the oldest concert hall in Italy, it hosted performances of 13-year-old Mozart, in 1770.


The international jury includes renowned pianists, producers, music critics, and agents.
The First Prize winner will be chosen after the recording of the final live session.


Application deadline: 2 September, 2020



I. Pre-selection / First Round [from home] (click to enlarge)

  1. Registration.
    To register for the competition, the candidate shall complete the application form, specify the chosen composer and repertoire, its approximate duration, and attach the video and the receipt of payment of the registration fee.
  2. Video.
    Each candidate will provide a link to a YouTube or Facebook or Vimeo video featuring a performance of at least 15 (fifteen) minutes from the program chosen for the APP (Aevea Piano Prize):
    - The video must be recorded within the last 12 months.
    - Edited videos are not allowed.
  3. Pre-selection.
    A pre-screening jury (different from the final jury) will screen the submitted material, and will select up to 12 (twelve) candidates; of these, 10 (ten) will be admitted to the final round, while the other 2 (two) will be considered in stand-by should any of the ten finalists forfeit their participation in the APP.
    Pre-screening jury's verdict is definitive and not contestable.
    The organization reserves the right to select a different number of finalists given the level of the partecipants.
  4. Confirmation.
    The finalists will be notified no later than September 5, 2020, and must confirm their participation no later than September 6, 2020.
  5. Anonymity.
    All the candidates, who do not advance to the final round, will remain anonymous.
    The admitted candidates (finalists) will receive all necessary info via email.


II. Final Round [in Verona] (click to enlarge)

  1. Arrival.
    Finalist(s) will arrive in Sala Maffeiana between September 19-23, according to the agreed schedule.
    The recording might require a 15/30-minute set-up before each performance while the candidate will be able to practise.
  2. Recording.
    Finalist(s) will play behind closed doors. Only technical staff will be present, not the jury.
    Finalist(s) will perform "live" as in a normal competition/concert. Pauses/breaks are allowed between pieces.
  3. Editing.
    Each candidate will have the chance to record nineteen (90) extra minutes for eventual editing.
    The editing session is only intended to improve the "live" main recording.
  4. (Possible) interruptions.
    In case of outside interferences, such as a thunderstorm, bird noise, etc., the producer may decide to start over giving the candidates a longer session.
  5. Choice of the audio material.
    The producer will send the recorded material (both the live session and the editing session) to each finalist, who will ensure that the final takes be chosen within thirty (30) days.
    In case the deadline is not met, the producer reserves the right to complete the final master.
  6. Verdict.
    The final masters will be sent, unlabeled, to each jury's member.
    Each jury member will make his/her independent decision.
    Jury's verdict is definitive and not contestable.
    The voting system and/or the pre-screening juror's name may be made available upon request.
  7. Publication.
    The final masters will be published by the label OnClassical (Naxos digital distribution) on the major platforms (Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon, Youtube Music, HDTracks, HighResAudio, and many others).


III. Recording / Publishing Agreement (click to enlarge)

  1. The label has the exclusive, irrevocable, unrestricted right, to use (or not to use) the master in all territories, in whatever form including, not limited to, the production, the copying, the sale and the distribution of physical copies, digital sales (downloads/ streaming), third-part licensing, etc.
  2. The candidate renounces to any and all rights, including any payment and/or royalties, that may derive from the publication, the sales, and the licensing of the master.
  3. The candidate(s) is/are entitled, at his/her/their discretion, to have a printing of the final master - as made by the label - at a cost price.

    The awarding of concert prizes are the responsability of the respective societies.


Covid-19-related guidelines (click to enlarge)

Given the current situation, we want to reassure everyone involved that the personnel at the Aevea Piano Prize will be taking all the necessary precautions.
We care about the health and safety of our contestants.

- The competition will take place behind closed doors, in a large performance space.
- In addition to the contestant, there will be two audio technicians, the sound engineer, and the piano technician.
- Inside the music hall, social distancing will constantly be maintained on behalf of the organization.
- Use of face masks is mandatory for distances of less than one meter (three feet).
- The performers will be able to play without the use of face masks.
- The piano will be disinfected regularly, and the microphones will be more than one meter away from the piano.

We trust that the experience will be enjoyable, despite our inability to shake hands and come in close physical contact.
Music will provide enough enjoyment!


Due to reasons beyong our control, the competition may be postponed to a new date.



Prizes for *all* finalists.


1st Prize: assigned by the Jury.

Special Prizes: assigned by the Jury.

Special Prizes: assigned by Alessandro Simonetto, owner of the label OnClassical.

Other Special Prizes:


Total prizes paid to musicians (including concerts): ~euros 6,000.
Recordings value (not paid to musicians): 15,000+


° All finalists will experience the process of a professional recording made during their performances, a special editing session, and the release of a final master distributed online by Naxos of America.

Artists will also have, at sole their discretion, the possibility to print their own recordings, made during the APP-Competition, at cost price.

* High non-quantifiable value.
100% free-of-charge for the Artist/s.
Repertoire and details to be agreed with the label.
Prizes will be awared at the sole discretion of the labels's producers.


Application form° must be filled out (and sent) no later than September 2, 2020, along with a payment of euros 100,00.
By sending the Application Form the candidate hereby accepts the Agreement (see the Rules above).



Modality to make the payment:

Deutsche Bank
Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza - Italy




Write the specification: AEVEA - Subject: APP 2020

PayPal (click here to send the application fee)


Write the specification: AEVEA - Subject: APP 2020

* Copy (CTRL+C or CMD+C) and Paste (CTRL+V or CMD+V) the IBAN code for avoiding errors.





Wednesday, September 2

- Application deadline.


Saturday, September 5 (or before)

- Finalists announced.


- Recordings & Editing Sessions.

Saturday, September 19

- 9-13   Ke Ma

- 15-19 --

Sunday, September 20

- 9-13   Maria Narodytska

- 15-19 Giuseppe Greco

Monday, September 21

- 9-13   Fabio Romano

- 15-19 Marcin Wieczorek


Tuesday, September 22

- 9-13   Vladimir Skomorokhov

- 15-19 Elia Cecino


Wednesday, September 23

- 9-13   Andrey Ivanov
- 9-13   Zornitsa Ilarionova & Martina Tabakova *

- 15-19 Feodor Amirov



- Editing.



- Announcement of the winner(s).


* Recording to be made at National Music Academy, Sofia, as per Covid-19 limitations between Italy and Bulgaria. Sound engineer: Pavel Stefanov.


Andrea Bedetti [ita]

Musicologist, music critic, and director of the i-magazine MusicVoice


Gala Chistiakova [rus/ita]

Concert pianist; Winner of over thirty international piano competitions; Director of the international department of association Recondite Armonie


Thomas (Tom) Deacon [can]

Executive Producer of Philips Great Pianists of the 20th Century; Retired executive of Universal Music


Lorenzo Di Bella [ita]

Concert pianist; Artistic director of Civitanova Classica & Mugellini festivals; Founder of La Palma d'Oro International Piano Competition


Massimiliano Ferrati [ita]

Concert pianist; Professor at IKIF (New York), Tel Hai (Israel) and A. Steffani Conservatory (Italy)


Roberto Poli [usa]

Concert pianist and author; Professor at Boston Conservatory and New England Conservatory; Artistic Director of The Chopin Symposium


Evgeny Starodubtsev [rus]

Concert pianist and professor; Winner of over thirty international piano competitions


Cesare Venturi [ita]

Artist manager and music journalist


Pieter Van Winkel [hol]

Producer, founder and artistic director of the Brilliant Classics and Piano Classics labels

The APP-2020 AEVEA PIANO PRIZE is located @

Sala Maffeiana
Via Roma 1, 37121 - Verona

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Airports (closest):
Verona/Villafranca [Valerio Catullo] (VRN)
Milan-Bergamo/Orio al Serio (BGY)
Milan Malpensa (MXP)
Milan Linate (LIN)
Venice [Marco Polo] (VCE)
Treviso [Antonio Canova] [(TSF)




A22 (Brennero)
A4 (Torino-Venezia)


Distances from the closest cities:
Trento km. 103
Bozen km 157
Vicenza km 51
Venice km 114
Milan km 161
Bologna km 142


Q.: How many categories are there?

A.: You can enroll in the solo-piano, piano-4-hands, piano-duo, and piano-trio categories. One First Prize will be awarded to a pianist or one ensemble for each category (in the case of ensembles, the prize will be shared among the group’s members).


Q.: How many rounds are there?

A.: There are two rounds: 1) A pre-selection stage through videos sent by the candidates. 2) A final stage in which 10 candidates/finalists will be playing in Verona, September 19-23.


Q.: Can I send a video with different repertoire?

A.: No, the same repertoire must be presented.


Q.: I do not own a piano. Can I send a video recorded with an electronic piano (Clavinova or similar)?

A.: Yes, as long as it is recorded live, with no internal cables or via MIDI.


Q.: Are there any compulsory pieces to play?

A.: No, the program is free. There is a requirement, however - that only one composer be represented. In other words, the program must be “monographic,” and the duration should be 55-70 minutes.


Q.: When will the jury deliberate? When will the prizes be awarded?

A.: Once all the finalists have performed, we will move on to the editing session, and will complete the recordings in the following months. In November/December the jury will listen to the final masters. The final verdict will be announced in December.


Q.: Will the jury know who is playing in the recording?

A.: No. Recordings will not be labeled in any way that would disclose the contestant’s identity. The names of the finalists will be made public, but not the their repertoire. We encourage the contestants to not reveal their repertoire until a deliberation from the jury is made available.

Read more about the jury.


For any other questions please .

About us

OnClassical is a classical music label based in Italy.
OnClassical was the first label* to allow the free download of entire files from its catalog, while at the same time offering the purchase of a high-resolution version. While remaining a niche reality, over the years OnClassical has received accolades from international critics and specialized magazines and blogs for the quality of its recordings.
In over fifteen years of activity, the OnClassical catalog has downloaded by millions of users worldwide, with over 40,000,000 streams on Spotify alone.
Much of its repertoire has been licensed by Brilliant Classics, one of the major classical labels worldwide.
OnClassical is currently distributed by Naxos USA.


Andrea De Biasi is a certified Steinway Academy piano technician.
In over 20 years of activity he has worked inside renowned concert halls preparing pianos for some of the most renowned musicians in the world.
Pianists he worked with includes: Martha Argerich, Murray Perahia, Ivo Pogorelich, Yuja Wang, Daniil Trifonov, Nelson Freire, Louis Lortie, Daniel Barenboim, Fazil Say, Denis Matsuev, Severin von Eckardestein, Alexander Lonquich, Khatia Buniatishvili, Pietro De Maria, Kirill Gerstein, Lise de la Salle, Simon Trpceski, Behzod Abduraimov, Alexander Romanovsky, Jan Lisiecki, Saleem Ashkar, Ingolf Wunder, Rudolf Buchbinder, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Peter Jablonski, Emanuel Ax, Olga Kern, Kirill Gerstein, Seong-Jin Cho, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Beatrice Rana, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Rafal Brechacz, Francois-Joèl Tiollier, Roberto Cominati, Stanislav Bunin, Till Fellner, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Michele Campanella and many others.
His company Piano Vintage is a leader in the restauration of pianos in Italy.

Our Partners

Accademia Filarmonica di Verona
Brilliant Classics
Nuova Coppa Pianisti
OnClassical / ÆVEA
Piano Vintage
Polo Music Managment
Società Filarmonica di Trento
Steinway Society
Venturi Music Managment


Alessandro Simonetto, Founder of OnClassical
Luigi Tuppini, President of Accademia Filarmonica, Verona



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