The 68th Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition 2017 is open to pianists of all nationalities were born after 14 October 1986. First-prize winners of previous Viotti Piano Competitions are not eligible to compete.


Application Deadline


The application form completed in all its parts must be sent no later than 21 July 2017.


How to apply


- Application online


Candidates can apply for the Viotti Competition by application online. They only need to register to the Viotti Music Competition internet site and they will receive an email confirming the successful registration and containing a link to their personal page. Here the candidates can fill in the application form and attach documents and files.


- Application submitted by post


It is also possible to send the application form by courier or by registered post to:


Segreteria del Concorso Internazionale di Musica Gian Battista Viotti

via Monte di Pietà n.39 - 13100 Vercelli, Italy

The postmark will be proof of posting.


Materials required


The application form must be sent together with:


1. The application form filled in all its parts and signed by the candidate.


2. Photocopy of the applicant’s passport or equivalent document that contains their name, nationality and birthday.

Application online. Upload formats: .jpeg or .pdf.


3. A curriculum vitae in discursive form (max. 800 characters, please do not use accented letters in the online data field) containing details of musical and artistic education, performances and of prizes won at other Competitions. Documents that are not written in Italian, English, German or French must be accompanied by a translation into one of the above four languages.

Application online. Upload formats: doc, docx, txt, .pdf.


4. One or more recent artistic photographs carrying the applicant’s name on the back, free of copyright.

Application online: upload formats .jpeg files 300 dpi, longest side 10 cm.


5. The musical program for the competition including the full title of the piece, Opus number, movements, approximate timings for each work.


6. The digital recording for the preliminary selection (CD/DVD by post or .mp3, .mp4, .mpg, .avi files for the application online).


7. The entrance fee *. 

The entrance fee for the Competition, amounting to EUR 120, must be paid by bank transfer (all bank charges shall be borne by the applicant) to:



Bank: BIVERBANCA, Cassa di Risparmio di Biella e Vercelli

Agenzia 2 di Vercelli, Piazza Cavour n. 1 - 13100 VERCELLI (Italia)


IBAN: IT 08 J 06090 10005 000056363073


Very important: in the case of bank transfer from abroad please indicate the BIC code together with the IBAN code.


* The applicants shall send to the Competition’s Office a copy of the proof of payment of the application fee. Failure to enclose such a receipt will invalidate the application. Under no circumstances will the entrance fee be refunded.


Those candidates whose application form is incomplete and whose entrance fee is unpaid within the set time limit should not be allowed to compete.





The preliminary selection to the Viotti Competition 2017 will be made by way of documents and a digital recording submitted by the applicants.


Recording for the preliminary selection


An unmodified digital recording on CD or DVD (application by post) or as  .mp3, mp4, .mpg, .avi files (application online) must be submitted by all applicants as follow:

a) The recording must be of excellent technical quality and preferably recorded professionally.


b) Duration: minimum 15 minutes, maximun 30 minutes.


c) Recording must contain:


I) The first movement or several movements including the first movement from one of the sonatas by Beethoven, J. Haydn or Mozart;

II) An Etude by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Skriabin, Rachmaninov or Bartok.


d) The applicants details must be clearly stated on the disk cover. In addition, the following data must be specified: recording date and complete program.


e) All pieces must be recorded on separate tracks.


f) The application package by post it shall be sent as a material with no monetary value.


The first and second prize winners of a Competition registered in the World Federation of International Music Competition of Geneva (WFIMC) will be admitted to the Competition without preliminary selection. In this case, the applicant should attach documentation.








1. All applicants will be informed of their acceptance or rejection not later than August 21st 2017.


2. All music must be performed from memory. All the music performed must be published.


3. All competitors must arrive at the Secretary of the Competition in Vercelli by 3:00pm on the day of convocation to attend the registration at the Competition and the drawing ceremony.


4. The performing order of contestants determined by drawing before the first round will be maintained throughout the Competition except for the final round in which the order will be established by the members of the Jury.


5. Candidates are advised to remain in Vercelli, and must be available at all times during the whole period when they are competing.


6. The decisions of the Jury are final; in case of differences of interpretation of the Competition Regulations, the Italian text will be held as definitive.


7. The Viotti Competition organization reserves the right to use any recording or video made or photograph taken during the Viotti Competition 2017 and have the unlimited rights to broadcast competition performances on TV, Radio, the Internet and other data networks without any payment to the competitors. Participation in the Viotti Competition 2017 implies a tacit agreement of this above-mentioned rule.


8. The first prize is indivisible. The second and third prize can be awarded ex-aequo. The Jury can decide not to award any prize.


9. Prize-winners of the International Music Competition G.B. Viotti of Vercelli agree to make use in future of the exact title conferred by the Jury. Any misuse will be prosecuted.


10. The Prize-winners are committed to perform at the Prize-winners’ Concert of the Competition without fee.


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