event under the high patronage of the European Parliament

“G.B. Viotti” International Music Competition


Viotti 2019: Piano

The 70th edition of the Viotti Competition is dedicated to Pianists and will take place in Vercelli from 9th to 19th October 2019. It will consist of four rounds. The final will host the Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice of Genoa.


The winner of the last edition, Konstantin Emelianov, will open the event with a concert at the Teatro Civico (Town Theatre) on 9th October.


The “Viotti” is the competition that boasts the most editions in the world. Established in 1950, since 1957 it belongs to the Committee of the Founders of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.

How to join

Pianists of all nationalities who were born after 19th October 1988 are welcome.


The preliminary selection to be admitted to the final rounds takes place through the audition of a digital recording sent by the applicants.


The winners of a first or a second prize in Piano Competitions which are members of the World Federation of International Music Competitions are accepted directly to the first round.

2019 Winners

21-year old pianist Ziyu Liu is the first Chinese to win the 1st prize of the Viotti International Competition, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

On Saturday 19th October the Town Theatre was sold out; Liu performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no.1 and convinced the members of the jury, who gave him a score of 93.42/100 points.

Just 0.57 points behind, the South Korean Hans H. Suh (92.85) got the second prize and the audience award.

Yilan Zhao, from China, deserved the third place and the Soroptimist Award, as the best female performer of the Competition.