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Composition Opportunity

Carlo Sanvitale International Composition Competition, fourth edition

  • Deadline date: 15 Jul 2021 [Delivery Deadline]
  • Date held: August 12 and 13, 2021
  • Location: Ortona, Italy
  • Total prizes: EUR 150, recording and performance
  • Entry fee: EUR 30
  • Work duration: between 3 and 10 minutes


Further Details

The Associazione Amici Della Musica "Guido Albanese" invites  composers of all ages and nationalities to participate in the 4th "Carlo Sanvitale" Composition Competition. The composition should be challenging, but at the same time accessible and playable by young talented players. The goals of the contest are:

  • To offer young composers the possibility to have their works performed live;
  • The possibility to acquire experience with a chamber ensemble (Complesso da camera "Davì").

The Competition is open to composers and students of all ages and nationalities. The submitted works must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Orchestration (max.): 2 violins, viola, cello, piano, tenor or soprano. Works whose instrumentation includes other instruments will not be taken into account for the competition;
  • The length of the composition must be between 3 and 10 minutes;
  • All complementary documents (music, bio sketch, program notes) have to be submitted to the jury along with the score;
  • Scores have to be sent in PDF format to amicidellamusicaortona@gmail.com. The composer will receive a confirmation via e-mail;
  • The composition has to be original and never published before;
  • Compositions that have already been played/performed are ELIGIBLE for submission;
  • The composer renounces to execution rights for the public performance by the Associazione Amici Della Musica Guido Albanese;
  • The difficulty level of the composition has to correspond to the skills of an advanced amateur chamber ensemble with a conductor;
  • Each candidate may submit two compositions per year. The same composition can be submitted at most twice.

The members of the jury will evaluate the submitted composition w.r.t. three criteria: Excellence  (evaluation of the musical content, and the degree of novelty), Impact (i.e., how realistic is to perform the composition by a telephone-call chamber ensemble  with conductor), and Implementation (i.e., the technical soundness of the composition). The members of the chamber ensemble will assess the composition via an overall mark.

Shall the composition be selected as winner, the composer has to provide to the secretary of the competition the separated parts by July 30, 2021. Tempo, dynamics, articulation and rehearsal letters for the different instruments must be indicated on both the main score and the separated parts. The winner must agree to the following:

  • The selected work will be performed and recorded by Complesso da Camera “Davì” during the Music Day, that will be held on August 12 and 13, 2021, in Ortona, Italy.
  • The author of the winning composition can participate to the rehearsals and the concert that will be held in Istituto Nazionale Tostiano, Ortona, Italy, on August 12th or 13th. Travel fees will not be refunded. Accommodation will be provided by the Association.
  • The author of the selected work has to provide a short description of their work; this will be included in the concert program.
  • The author of the selected work agrees to transfer the parts to the performers.


The author of the winning competition will receive a prize of EUR 150. Composers classified first, second and third will receive a Diploma. The winning composition, together with no more than three other compositions, will be recorded during the Music Day. A special prize will be granted to a composition inspired to the “Risorgimento” period in Italy.

How to Participate

All living composers are eligible. The submissions will be received by the Associazione “Amici Della Musica”, made anonymous and then presented to the jury. Deadline for submissions is July 15, 2021. The results will be announced on July 21st, 2021. The jury’s decision is non-contestable and all decisions are final. The premiere of the selected pieces will take place in August 12th or 13th 2021 in Ortona (I).

If you want to participate, please send us the following:

  • One digitized anonymous copy of the score (PDF) (also digital copy of manuscripts are accepted);
  • A computer-generated recording (if possible);
  • A copy of a bank transfer for the amount of EUR 30 to “Amici Della Musica Guido Albanese”.

See the competition website for payment details and details of discounted participation fees for composers submitting to both the “Carlo Sanvitale” Competition and the “City of Albenga” Competition.

Communication will be held in Italian, English or French. The Italian version of this call for submissions should be considered definitive. Translations are without guarantee.


  • Pasquale Catalano, composer, author of the Soundtrack of the movie “Mine Vaganti” (I)
  • Lorenzo Carola, president of “Forum des Compositeurs” (B)
  • Vanessa Lann, composer, lecturer at “Webster University” (Leiden Campus) and “Hogeschool voor de Kunsten” (Utrecht) (NL)
  • Marco Reghezza, winner of the first edition of the “Carlo Sanvitale” competition and author of the opera Magallanes (I)
  • Simone Di Felice, Kapellmeister Opera Frankfurt (D)
  • Adriano Paolini, lecturer at Conservatorio di Pescara, pianist, he has recorder the first edition of the Bizet’s complete piano works (I)
  • Marco Iezzi Bernardi, owner of BJM Management artist management (I)
  • Three members of the chamber ensemble “Davi”, to be selected on June 2021.

Young Composers Section

The youth section of this competition is dedicated to composers attending a musical high school. Age limit is set to 19 years. Each composer may submit more than one piece. The   submitted score must be unpublished and not tied in any way to any publisher, otherwise the prize will be forfeit. The applicant has to submit a short composition for piano solo (medium difficulty), which does not exceed 3 minutes. We encourage authors to submit compositions of approx. 30 seconds. Every style is allowed, and the composer is invited to submit a piece inspired by his/her feelings occurred during the COVID pandemics.

Candidates should submit: 1) copy of the candidate’s identity card or passport 2) copy of candidate’s CV (including e-mail address, telephone number and postal address), in one of the following language: Italian, English, French or German; 3) Bank (or Paypal) Receipt of payment of the subscription fee. 4) PDF containing the piano composition by the candidate.

The application fee is EUR 15 for the first composition, and EUR 10 for any other piece sent by the same applicant. Payment details can be found on the competition website.

Each composition will be reviewed by Roberto De Grandis (President, teacher at “Scuola Media a Indirizzo Musicale” and “Liceo Musicale”, supervisor TFA Conservatorio Luisa D’Annunzio (Pescara)), Giacomo di Tollo, and one of the members of the Carlo Sanvitale International Composition. The verdict of the jury is unappealable and unquestionable.

The composer whose composition will get the best score, and in any case not less than 98/100, will win the following prizes 1) The diploma and the Absolute First Prize cup 2) The piece will be performed in a piano recital, in agreement with the composer and the performer, in one of the concerts that will be organized by the artistic direction.

The participants who will score no less than 95/100 will be awarded the First Prize Diploma. The participants who will score no less than 90/100 will be awarded the Second Prize Diploma. All the afore mentioned participants will have their composition performed online in the framework of the Facebook Creneau Piano Series: https://www.facebook.com/pianoscreneau/.

The judges can decide not to assign the prizes if they think that the music is not adequate. The participants who will score no less than 85/100 will be awarded the Third Prize Diploma. The participants who will score no less than 80/100 will be awarded an Artistic Mention. They can also assign “ex-aequo” prizes. All participants will be sent a participation certificate.

Website: http://www.giacomoditollo.it/carlo-sanvitale-international-composition-competition-fourth-edition/


Contact: Associazione Amici Della Musica "Guido Albanese"

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