The accordion of the future in a book

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The “City of Castelfidardo” Prize has in its DNA the aggregation of multiple areas and international backgrounds and as such it cannot escape from stimulating the development and improvement of the “accordion” instrument.

This year #PIF2020 will promote the edition with a

Jazz Accordion Festival, three quality concerts

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IV edition from 24th to 26th January with the artistic direction of Simone Zanchini

Small is beautiful. The Jazz Accordion Festival returns to a different time frame compared to the previous three editions but with unchanged quality in content. The review born from a rib of the International Accordion Prize based on the intuition of the culture department to carve out a space dedicated to jazz vibrations, continues

The PIF2020 composition competition opens to the colors

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The first NEWS of 2020 could not fail to be that of the opening of the CLASSIC & ENSEMBLE COMPOSITION FOR ACCORDION category that has had so much feedback in past years. In 2018 the composers faced writing for accordion and string orchestra, in 2019 with the symphony orchestra while this year we chose an unprecedented, agile and highly contemporary formation. A modern rhythmic section (piano / electronic keyboard, double bass, 2 percussionists) combines with a section of standard woods (flute, oboe, clarinet / sax, horn, bassoon) to interpret the annual theme of the festival: ALL THE COLORS OF THE WORLD.

This subject was chosen to represent the evolution of the accordion in modern times and to encourage its integration in the contamination of contemporary classical music. The regulation – while not distorting traditional writing – acts as a stimulus for new generations of composers to create new orchestrations and new sounds.
Piano (Electronic Keyboard option)
Percussion 1 (chosen by the composer)
Percussion 2 (chosen by the composer)
Flute (Ottavino option)
Bb Clarinet (Sax option any type)
Horn in F

  • The composition must never have been performed publicly, under penalty of exclusion from the competition.
  • The composer must take into account that the winning piece will be performed by the candidates admitted to the THIRD ROUND of the classic AWARD category (2020).
  • The duration must be between a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 minutes;
  • Must contain at least one part “solo” for accordion.
  • The soloists will perform only one rehearsal with the orchestra before the final performance.
  • There are no registration fees.

Composers are invited to send their composition on the website by April 30th 2020 in PDF format (score WITHOUT NAME OF THE AUTHOR and score WITH NAME, the detached parts will be requested later) and an MP3 audio demo performed live or through music software. If the piece is composed of several artists, the recording must be made in the name of the main composer, indicating all the other names in the score.


  • Artistic trophy
  • Scholarship of € 1000.00 (pre-tax)
  • The composition will become the compulsory piece of the third test for the “Prize” category


  • Artistic trophy
  • Scholarship of € 500.00 (pre-tax)


  • Artistic trophy
  • Scholarship of € 250.00 (pre-tax)


  • In collaboration with the “Ars Spoletium Music Editions”, professional recording and distribution in the catalog, for an artistic project selected among the top three composers.

PIF 2020 from 16-20 September

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Renzo Ruggieri

The 2020 PIF will take place from 16 to 20 September.

I thank the Municipal Administration of Castelfidardo, the Mayor Roberto Ascani and the councilor for culture Ruben Cittadini for having reconfirmed me as artistic director also for the 45th edition of PIF 2020.
When I accepted in 2018 I planned 3 festivals to live up to an ancient Japanese proverb: “After three times, the things are never forgotten “.
Our team has already created two wonderful editions, with an unexpected and extraordinary growth in terms of numbers and quality of events. In the first year we essentially deepened the competition, last 2019 we focused on the festival. This year will focus on elements that we hope will give impetus to the whole world of our beloved instrument.
A little anticipation, the theme of the PIF 2020 will be:
Renzo Ruggieri
(ph Bruno Severini)

The PIF consecrates the talent of Radu Ratoi on his 21st birthday

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Last year he had gone very close, taking second place both in the Award category and in the classical master; this time it surpassed the competition with class and arrogance by enrolling Moldova for the first time in the gold register of Pif and celebrating the 21st birthday on the stage of the Astra theater as best it could not. Castelfidardo consecrates