The 2nd International Harpsichord Competition – City of Milan comes from the desire of Associazione Culturale La Cappella Musicale to discover, promote and support young musicians, and to help them start their own career. Associazione Culturale La Cappella Musicale has always involved young artists in its events. This competition is the perfect combination between two cornerstones of its mission: the support to young talents and the spreading of early musical heritage.
The main aim of the event is to offer a highly formative experience to the candidates: an experience that will not be just a competition among participants, but a comparison with different cultures, different professional and personal experiences. This could encourage them to express their best as musicians and build a bridge between their present and the future international music scene.
Internationally renowned harpsichordists will judge the candidates: Ottavio Dantone (Italy), Robert Hill (Germany) and Bob Van Asperen (Holland) will offer to the participants their proven artistic experience, as well as concrete examples of successful international careers.
The competition is part of Milano Arte Musica, international festival of early music, organized by Associazione Culturale La Cappella Musicale. During its ten editions, the festival has grown considerably in terms of audience, interest and attention from the media, with a strong media coverage on the main local newspapers, on television and on paper/radio specialized press. Since the first years of activity, Milano Arte Musica gave space to young emerging artists, becoming an international showcase of their talent. Being part of Milano Arte Musica means that the competition will be open to the public: this ensures the candidates to perform in front of a large, interested and expert audience, a possibility for the participants to have an anticipation of what might be their artistic future.
Today, more than ever, it is essential to believe in young talents and to support them: Milan and its 2nd International Harpsichord Competition are ready to open the doors to emerging musicians and to act as a launch pad for new careers in the early music world.


Regulations

  1. Associazione Culturale La Cappella Musicale will hold the 2nd International Harpsichord Competition of Milan, that will take place in Milan, from June 20th to June 23rd 2019.
  2. The competition is open to applicants of any nationality who have not turned 31 years of age at the date of January 10th 2019.
  3. Deadline for applications is January 10th 2019.
  4. The application form can be downloaded from the website www.lacappellamusicale.com, and it must be sent to concorso@lacappellamusicale.com, completed with the following attachments, January 10st 2019:
  • A digital audio recording file for the pre-selection round (.mp3 file)
  • A copy of the competitor’s ID or passport (PDF)
  • A short curriculum vitae, either in Italian or in English (PDF)
  • One or more recent colour photographs (JPEG, 300 dpi), with no copyrights
  • A copy of the receipt of registration fee (PDF)
  1. The registration fee is € 100 (net of any bank fee) and it has to be transferred to the following account:

beneficiary: Associazione Culturale La Cappella Musicale
bank: Banca Prossima
address: Piazza Paolo Ferrari 10 – 20121 Milano
iban: IT33H0335901600100000155082
bic: BCITITMX
reason for payment: Milan Competition + Candidate’s surname and name

  1. Registration fee are not refundable for any reason.
  2. Only completed and signed applications will be accepted and examined.
  3. Applicants who decide to withdraw from the competition must communicate it to the competition’s office by sending an email at the following address: concorso@lacappellamusicale.com
  4. The competition consists of three rounds: pre-selection, semifinal and final. All the rounds, except for the pre-selection, are open to the public.
  5. The pre-selection round consists in listening the recorded music file. The recording has to be, if possible, of excellent technical quality and recorded professionally. Any editing of the performance of a piece is forbidden and will disqualify the candidate.
  6. Maurizio Croci, Luca Guglielmi and Ketil Haugsand compose the jury of the preselection round.
  7. The recorded copy will be made anonymous. The jury members will evaluate the recording individually.
  8. The applicants have to perform for the preselection round:

Girolamo Frescobaldi
Toccata II from Toccate e partite d’intavolatura di cimbalo et organo, second book (Rome, 1627)

Jean-Philippe Rameau
L’Entretien de Muses
Le Rappel des Oiseaux

Jacques Champion de Chambonnières
Pavane l’Entretien des Dieux

  1. The applicants will be advised of their acceptance not later than March 1st 2019 by email.
  2. Twelve (12) candidates are admitted to the semifinal round.
  3. The selected applicants who decide to withdraw from the semifinal round must communicate it to the competition’s office by sending an email at the following address: concorso@lacappellamusicale.com, within March 7th 2019.
  4. Candidates admitted to semifinal are expected to arrive to the office of Associazione Culturale La Cappella Musicale on June 20th at 10 a.m. A document of identification is required. The order of rehearsals and performances will be decided by drawing lots.
  5. Two harpsichords will be provided to candidates for the competition:

German harpsichord with two keyboards: derived from Christian Vater 1738, two GG-e’’’ keyboards, 58 notes, three choirs (2x8 and 1x4)

French harpsichord with two keyboards: copy from J. C. Goujon 1749-J. Swanen 1784, two FF-f ’’’ keyboards, 61 notes, four choirs (2x8, 1x4, Peau de Buffle)

  1. Candidates will have the opportunity to try out the harpsichords on June 20rd and 21th, according to the draw order.
  2. The semifinal round will be held on June 22nd 2019. Scheduled time will be communicated.
  3. Works to perform:

Johann Sebastian Bach
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor BWV 903

Jean Henry D’Anglebert
Tombeau de Chambonnières

Georg Muffat
Passacaglia in G minor

  1. Five (5) candidates will be admitted to the final round.
  2. The final round will be held on June 23rd 2019. Scheduled time will be communicated.
  3. Works to perform:

Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata in D major BWV 963

Louis Couperin
Prélude non mesuré nr. 1 in D minor
(Edition Heugel/Le pupitre or Edition Oiseau Lyre)

Johann Jakob Froberger
Lamentation sur la mort de Ferdinand III in fa

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
W.49/1 “Wurttemberg n. 1”
Moderato - Andante - Allegro Assai

  1. Ottavio Dantone, Robert Hill, and Bob van Asperen compose the jury of the semifinal and final round. The artistic director, Maurizio Salerno, will be the President of the jury, without the voting right
  2. All jury’s decisions are final and will not be discussed.
  3. The jury has the right to interrupt the performance of the candidate, or to ask the candidate to perform only parts of the selected works.
  4. Prizes:

1st prize: € 3.000 + a concert offered by Amici della Musica di Padova (Italy), one by Copenhagen Renaissance Music Festival (Denmark), one by Festival di Urbino Musica Antica (Italy), one by Fondation Académie d’Orgue de Fribourg (Switzerland), one by Gioventù Musicale d’Italia (Italy), one by Korkyra Baroque Festival (Croatia), one by Mars en Baroque (France), one by Roma Festival Barocco (Italy), one by Teatro Ristori di Verona (Italy)

2nd prize: € 2.000 + a concert offered by Associazione Culturale La Cappella Musicale within the international festival of early music Milano Arte Musica and one by Il canto d’Orfeo within Vespri Musicali di San Maurizio (Italy)

3rd prize: € 1.000

  1. Amici della Musica di Padova reserves the right to offer a concert to the best Italian award winner.
  2. The first prize is indivisible
  3. The jury may choose not to award some of the prizes.
  4. Eventual first three (3) classified candidates will perform in a final concert on the evening of June 23rd.
  5. All the semi-finalists will receive a diploma of participation.
  6. All candidates are responsible for their travel and accommodation.
  7. The rehearsals, the semifinal and the final round of the competition may be recorded, filmed and broadcast live and/or subsequently by radio, television and Internet. All rights to record, to reproduce on any physical (CD, DVD, etc.) and/or digital support, and to broadcast the live performances and/or subsequently by radio, television and Internet, belong to Associazione Culturale La Cappella Musicale, with no obligation to recognize any fee.
  8. By entering the competition, the candidates accept and agree all of these rules and of possible changes. All the changes, made by Associazione Culturale La Cappella Musicale, will be communicated to the participants.
  9. Associazione Culturale La Cappella Musicale takes no responsibility for any eventual damages to candidates or their property during the competition.
  10. The official language of the competition is Italian.
  11. In case of dispute, place of jurisdiction will be Milan. Only Italian text of the competition’s regulations will be considered valid.

Programme

Preselection

Girolamo Frescobaldi
Toccata II from Toccate e partite d’intavolatura di cimbalo et organo, second book (Roma, 1627)

Jean-Philippe Rameau
L’Entretien de Muses
Le Rappel des Oiseaux

Jacques Champion de Chambonnières
Pavane l’Entretien des Dieux

Semifinal

Johann Sebastian Bach
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor BWV 903

Jean Henry D’Anglebert
Tombeau de Chambonnières

Georg Muffat
Passacaglia in G minor

Final

Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata in D major BWV 963

Louis Couperin
Prélude non mesuré n.1 in D minor
(Edition Heugel/Le pupitre or Edition Oiseau Lyre)

Johann Jakob Froberger
Lamentation sur la mort de Ferdinand III in fa

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
W.49/1 “Wurttemberg n.1”
Moderato - Andante - Allegro Assai

Calendar

01.10.2019

Application Deadline

03.1.2019

Announcement of the preselected candidates

03.7.2019

Deadline for retirement

06.20.2019

(10:00 a.m.) Arrival of the candidates
Draw of the candidates’ performing order

06.20-21.2019

Candidates’ rehearsals

06.22.2019

Semi-final round

06.23.2019

Final round

06.23.2019 (8.30 p.m.)

Award ceremony and performance of eventual first three (3) classified

Harpsichords

German Harpsichord with two keyboards

derived from Christian Vater 1738
two GG-e’’’ keyboards, 58 notes, three choirs (2x8 and 1x4)

French Harpsichord with two keyboards

copy from J.C. Goujon 1749 - J. Swanen 1784
two FF-f’’’ keyboards, 61 notes, four choirs (2x8, 1x4, Peau de Buffle)



Download Competition Notice (PDF)