Competition Rules


The City hall of Brindisi and the “Brindisi Valesio” Rotary Club are delighted to announce the




Honorary President: Sergio Sernia – Governor R.Y. 2019-2020, district 2120 – Puglia and Basilicata

Artistic director: Silvana Libardo, President of “Brindisi Valesio” Rotary Club R.Y. 2019-2020


The Contest is designed to promote the competition among young talents coming from all over the world. It represents an extraordinary opportunity of artistic growth and it is at the same time a significant opportunity of cultural increase in our territory.

Art. 1 – The Competition will take place on April 2nd-3rd-4th-5th, 2020 at the former Saint Chiara’s Convent in Brindisi (Italy) and it is open to young pianists of any nationality of 26 years old and younger.



  • Hubert Stuppner – President of the jury – Italy
  • Antonio Salvemini – Deputy President of the jury – Italy 
  • Vincenzo Balzani – International jury member – Italy
  • Yuri Bogdanov – International jury member – Russia
  • Silvana Libardo – Artistic Director and jury member – Italy


Francesca Salvemini, flautist: Referent for the orchestra

Valerio De Giorgi, pianist: Master piano accompanist



Art. 2 – The Competition is divided into three Sections and eight Categories:

Section I – International Price for Young Pianists.

Category A for applicants born in the years 2012 – 2013 – 2014:

free programme of a maximum duration of 6 minutes.

Category B for applicants born in the years 2009 – 2010 – 2011:

free programme of a maximum duration of 10 minutes.

Category C for applicants born in the years 2006 – 2007 – 2008:

programme of a maximum duration of 15 minutes, including a work of  J. S. Bach and at least two more works of different period and style.


Section II – International Price for Young Talents.

Category D for applicants born in the years 2003 – 2004 – 2005:

programme of a maximum duration of 20 minutes, including a brilliant Etude and at least two more works of different period and style.

Category E for applicants born in the years 2000 – 2001 – 2002:

programme of a maximum duration of 25 minutes, including the first movement of a Sonata of the Classic period and at least two more works of different period and style.

Category F for applicants born in the years 1997 – 1998 – 1999:

free programme of a maximum duration of 30 minutes, including works of different period and style and at least one work composed in XX century.

Category G for applicants born in the years 1994 – 1995 – 1996:

free programme of a maximum duration of 45 minutes, including works of different period and style and at least one of Beethoven’s Sonatas.


Section III

Category H: “Mozart prize” – Concert for piano and orchestra

for applicants born in the years 1997 – 1998 – 1999 – 2000 – 2001


Elimination round: each contestant will present a Concert of Mozart, chosen between the n. 12 (K414) in A Major and the n. 13 (K415) in C Major. The jury will chose extemporaneously a movement from the chosen concert and the contestants will play it with the accompaniment of M° Valerio De Giorgi, who will play at the second piano the reduction of the orchestra part. 

Final round: only two contestants chosen by the jury  will be admitted to the Final round and they will play the full Concert with the orchestra. In this category there will be only the first prize winner.

The Chamber Orchestra “Giuseppe Piliego” will accompany the contestants during the Final Round of the contest and the winner during the Award Ceremony.

Art. 3 – It is important that the applicant will not go over the assigned time for each category.

Art. 4 – All the music works chosen by the contestants must be published and they must be performed in the original version. Modified and easier versions are not allowed. The contestants must play by heart.

Art. 5 – At the moment of the audition the contestants will provide their ID card and they will give to the Jury copy of the music scores that will played.



Art. 6 – The Artistic Director will be in charge of selecting the jury members for the contest. They will be piano teachers, music critics, soloists and well-established musicians. The music director or his/her deputy is also part of the jury. The judges will score each candidate expressing their votes in hundredths. The average score will be calculated arithmetically and the highest and the lowest scores will be excluded. The President can round off the final score of the contestants.

Art. 7 – The decisions of the jury will be definitive and beyond appeal. The jury may ask the contestant to execute the full program or a part of it, can request an additional round or can interrupt a contestant during the performance. They will sign a declaration on this subject at the beginning of the competition.

Art. 8 – The members of the jury may allow their students to participate in the competition, with the obligation to abstein from voting their students during the evaluation phase.



Art. 9 – Absolute Winner of the Contest is the contestant with the highest score among all the categories, whose score is at least 99/100.

The contestant that will receive the highest score in his/her category and whose score will be of 98/100 or above, will be the Absolute Winner for his/her category.

The contestants that will receive a score of 95/100 or higher, will receive a Diploma certificate of 1st prize and a celebrative medal.

The contestants that will receive a score of 90/100 or higher, will receive a Diploma certificate of 2nd prize and a celebrative medal.

The contestants that will receive a score of 85/100 or higher, will receive a Diploma certificate of 3rd prize.

The contestants that will receive a score of 80/100 or higher, will receive a Diploma of Merit.

If the Absolute Winner Prize in one category is not assigned, in that category the scholarship will be automatically given to the 1st prize winner with the highest score.

In each category (except in G category) the Jury can assign 1st, 2nd or 3rd ex aequo prizes.

For each category, the jury reserves the right not to award the 1st, 2nd or 3rd prizes.

Art. 10 – Absolute 1st Prizes

Absolute 1st Prizes awards are indivisible.

The winner of the Absolute 1st Prize price of each category will receive the following awards:

Category A: Scholarship of 300 euro and Diploma Certificate 

Category B: Scholarship of 400 euro and Diploma Certificate

Category C: Scholarship of 500 euro and Diploma Certificate

Category D: Scholarship of 600 euro and Diploma Certificate

Category E: Scholarship of 700 euro and Diploma Certificate

Category F: Scholarship of 800 euro and Diploma Certificate

Category G: Scholarship of 900 euro and Diploma Certificate

Category H – “Mozart price”: Scholarship of 1000 euro and Diploma Certificate

The winner of the Competition will be awarded a special prize offered by Giuseppe Piliego.

All contestants will receive the attendance certificates with the final score obtained in the competition.

Art. 11 – Special Awards:

“Angelo Piliego” Special Prize offering by Piliego Family of Brindisi.

“Nino Rota” Prize, sponsored by the “Nino Rota” Music Association of Brindisi, will be given to a contestant of Category F who, at discretion of the Artistic Director of the Association, will have the possibility to play a piano recital in Brindisi during the 2019-2020 concert season, with a program to be defined. 

A piano recital offered by the Municipality of Preganziol (Treviso), to be held during the 2021 Concert Season organised by the Association “Musica d’Arte”.

A Special Award offered by the “Cultura Salentina” Institute.

A Special Award will be offered to the youngest contestant of all categories, who has not received any other awards.


Art. 12 – The winners will perform at the award ceremony according to the schedule decided by the artistic director and the jury. Failing to perform on this occasion will result in the withdrawal of the prize. There will not be any payment for this performance. The contestants will not be able to claim any rights or compensation on the recordings of the rounds and of the award ceremony, whether they will be broadcasted, televised or recorded, as the materials will belong to the Rotary Club Brindisi Valesio.

 The parents of the contestants can ask to the Rotary Club Valesio to receive a picture or a video recording of their children performance and only a designated member of the Rotary Club will be in charge of taking photos or making video recordings.

The Certificates of attendance and the Certificates of Merit will be given at the end of the audition of each category, while the first, second and third prizes will be given during the Award Ceremony that will take place on Friday, 5 June 2020 at the Teatro Impero, via De’ Terribile, 6 – Brindisi.

During the Award Ceremony the teachers who have the highest number of awarded students will receive an Honorary Certificate.



Art. 13 – All applicants must bring a valid ID card on the day of the audition.

Art. 14 – The contest is open to the public attendance. The scores and the results will be given at then end of the auditions for each category.

Art. 15 – The jury will call the contestants on an alphabetical order starting from a letter that will be randomly picked up on the first day of the contest. The same letter will be used for all the categories. 

Art. 16 – Entry fees

1st Section – International Prize for Young Pianists: entry fee of euro 55,00 (fifty five/00) for the Category A, of euro 65,00 (sixty five/00) for the Category B and of euro 75,00 (seventy five/00) for the Category C.

2nd Section – International Prize for Young Talents: entry fees of euro 85,00 (eighty five/00) for the Category D, of euro 95,00 (ninety five/00) for the Category E, of euro 110,00 (one hundred and ten/00) for the Category F and of euro 120,00 (one hundred and twenty/00) for the Category G.

3rd Section – Premio “Mozart” – Category G: entry fees of euro 140,00 (one hundred and forty/00).

The fees can be paid by bank transfer to the current account owned by

“Rotary Club Brindisi Valesio”

Bank name: Banca Prossima – IBAN: IT62P0335901600100000076663BIC: BCITITMX; 

Message on payee statement: 2nd International Biennal Contest “Giuseppe Piliego”, along with the Category in which the contestant will be applying.

The entry fee is not refundable under any circumstances.

Art. 17 – The contestant can download the application form from the website: The form, duly filled in, must be sent by email to the address: 

within May 22th2020. A Parent or a guardian has to fill the application form if the contestant is of 17 years old or younger.

The secretary of the contest will confirm by email when the application form will be received.

Art. 18 – The contestants will be able to try the piano that will be used for the contest during a specific assigned time. Additional pianos will be available for practicing during the competition.

Art. 19 – According to the privacy law, the personal details of the contestants obtained during the application process will be used only to provide information relevant to the contest. The contestant will be able to update, delete or amend the details and can refuse that the details may be used.

Art. 20 – All applicants agree to the terms and conditions of the contest. Whether there will be any queries or appeals, the Artistic Director, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Brindisi Valesio, will be responsible to interpret the terms and conditions of the contest and make a decision. The organisation will not be responsible of any loss or damages during the competition.


For additional information, please contact:

Silvana Libardo (Monday to Friday from 9.30 to 12.30) at (+39) 328 8440033

Mimma Piliego (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 16.00 to 19.00) (+39) 333 1802202

Caterina Crescenzio (Monday to Friday from 19.30 to 21.30) at (+39) 347 8309973

Cosimo De Giorgio (Monday to Friday from 13.00 to 15.00) at (+39) 348 0090040

For informations in english, please write an email at 


The Artistic Director

Prof.ssa Silvana Libardo