event under the high patronage of the European Parliament

“G.B. Viotti” International Music Competition


Music doesn’t stop

The Covid 19 pandemic has hit severely the music world. Even the Viotti International Music Competition could not help but cancel the 2020 edition to hypothesize a return of the event in 2021.


Thanks to the will of the Municipality of Vercelli and the Cassa di Risparmio di Vercelli Foundation, the first supporters of the Prize, the music does not stop even this year and the Viotti Competition will be celebrated by a great event that will see the participation of the Teatro Carlo Felice Orchestra of Genoa, of the pianist winner of the last edition of the Viotti Competition, Ziyu Liu, conducted by Maestro Pietro Borgonovo. The appointment is scheduled for Thursday 22 October 2020, at the Civic Theater of Vercelli starting at 20.30.


Tickets are available in advance only through telephone booking at the Società del Quartetto (0161-255575, 10:00 am – 12:00 am and 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm).

Concellation of the “Viotti” 2020

The Organizing Committee of the Viotti Music Competition has decided to cancel the 2020 edition of the Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition for opera singers.


The indecipherable emergency situation that persists even in the post lockdown, considering all the aspects that the organization of the event involves such as the participation of competitors and jurors from different parts of the world, their management in the stages of the competition, as well as the management of the musicians collaborators and staff, led to this painful but inevitable decision, not finding other alternative solutions to cancellation.

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.