46th International Accordion Prize “Città di Castelfidardo” for Soloists and Groups

28 SEPTEMBER – 02 OCTOBER 2021

Artistic Direction: Antonio Spaccarotella

Rules 2021

1. The Municipal Administration of Castelfidardo (Italy) announces the “Città di Castelfidardo” International Award from 28 September to 02 October 2021, dedicated to accordion for soloists, groups.
2. The registration fee is set at € 40.00 for soloists and € 60.00 for groups.
3. Candidates can enroll in multiple categories but not repeat the same program in the different categories. In the “Jazz” and “Gervasio Marcosignori Award” categories it is allowed to repeat a program presented in other categories but with different arrangements.
4. The closing date for registrations is 31 August and will be finalized by connecting to the pifcastelfidardo.it site.
5. Candidates will receive confirmation of registration by e-mail.

“FEMME UP” Special Award, Special Award to the most brilliant accordionist. In this edition of the Award, we want to recognize and promote the best female accordionist. The highest scoring accordionist in any category will receive a Luma Suite Special Edition Accordion Case, handcrafted and delivered by people at PIF 2021.

IMPORTANT! Each competitor, if not equipped with a Green Pass, will have the opportunity to make free swabs test on the spot. The swabs test will be processed from Monday to Friday and will last 48 hours. All those who undergo a swab test, naturally with negative results, will be assigned a QR code that will allow free access to all events for 48 hours. 

“CLASSICAL ACCORDION” SECTION

    • CLASSIC CATEGORY “AWARD” SOLOISTS WITH NO AGE LIMITS – 3 TRIALS


First round: Free choice program including a composition for harpsichord or organ by J.S. Bach with a maximum duration of 20 minutes. Programs should show as much as possible the variety of original accordion literature, drawing from the repertoires of the various national schools; at the same time they must include pieces of different character, age, aesthetics and style. A maximum of 8 competitors will be admitted to the second round.
Second round: Those admitted will have to perform a free choice program different from the one presented in the first test. Total program duration: 25 minutes. A maximum of 3 competitors will be admitted to the third round.
Third round: Those admitted will have to perform in a rehearsal with Orchestra performing the obligatory piece, which this year was commissioned to the Ukrainian composer Volodymyr Runchack, DOWNLOAD HERE the orchestral score and detached accordion part.
1. 1st prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 3,000.00 (pre-tax)
o The special prizes will be announced by May 30 so as to facilitate their programming in anticipation of the artistic restart of the festivals and international partners.
2. 2nd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 1000.00 (pre-tax)
o The special prizes will be announced by May 30 so as to facilitate their programming in anticipation of the artistic restart of the festivals and international partners.
3. 3rd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 500.00 (pre-tax)
o The special prizes will be announced by May 30 so as to facilitate their programming in anticipation of the artistic restart of the festivals and international partners.

    • CLASSIC CATEGORY “D” SOLOISTS WITH NO AGE LIMITS

Free choice program including at least one composition from the Baroque period. Maximum duration 25 minutes. Competitors cannot submit programs consisting entirely of transcripts.
1. 1st prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 1000.00 (pre-tax)
o The special prizes will be announced by May 30 so as to facilitate their programming in anticipation of the artistic restart of the festivals and international partners.
2. 2nd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 500.00 (pre-tax)
3. 3rd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 250.00 (pre-tax)

    • CLASSIC CATEGORY “C” SOLOISTS UP TO 18 YEARS (BORN FROM 2003 ONWARDS)

Free choice program with a maximum duration of 18 minutes. Competitors cannot submit programs consisting entirely of transcripts.
1. 1st prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 400.00 (pre-tax)
o The special prizes will be announced by May 30 so as to facilitate their programming in anticipation of the artistic restart of the festivals and international partners.
2. 2nd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 200.00 (pre-tax)
3. 3rd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 100.00 (pre-tax)

    • CLASSIC CATEGORY “B” SOLOISTS UP TO 15 YEARS (BORN 2006 ONWARDS)

Free choice program with a maximum duration of 12 minutes. Competitors cannot submit programs consisting entirely of transcripts.
1. 1st prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 250.00 (pre-tax)
2. 2nd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 150.00 (pre-tax)
3. 3rd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 100.00 (pre-tax)

    • CLASSIC CATEGORY “A” SOLOISTS UP TO 12 YEARS (BORN FROM 2009 ONWARDS)

Free choice program with a maximum duration of 10 minutes. Competitors cannot submit programs consisting entirely of transcripts.
1. 1st prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 200.00 (pre-tax)
2. 2nd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 100.00 (pre-tax)
3. 3rd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 50.00 (pre-tax)

    • CLASSIC CATEGORY “Chamber” CHAMBER MUSIC GROUPS WITHOUT AGE LIMITS (max 12 members)

Chamber Music groups must consist of at least one accordion (with a main role) with other instruments or all accordions. Free choice program with a maximum duration of 20 minutes.
1. 1st prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 1.000,00 (pre-tax)
o The special prizes will be announced by May 30 so as to facilitate their programming in anticipation of the artistic restart of the festivals and international partners.
2. 2nd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 500.00 (pre-tax)
3. 3rd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 250.00 (pre-tax)

“VIRTUOSO ACCORDION” SECTION

    • VIRTUOSO “SENIOR” CATEGORY SOLOISTS WITH NO AGE LIMITS – 2 TRIALS

First round: Free choice program for a total duration of 15 minutes including at least:
• One or more published or unpublished compositions of the original literature for accordion relevant for character, style, aesthetics to the virtuosic category for accordion (variètè).
• One or more published or unpublished arrangements or transcriptions of the jazz, pop, world or classic repertoire, relevant for character, style, aesthetics to the virtuosic category for accordion (variètè).
Second round: Competitors admitted to the second round must present a different program from the first round and not exceeding 8 minutes.
1. 1st prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 1000.00 (pre-tax)
o The special prizes will be announced by May 30 so as to facilitate their programming in anticipation of the artistic restart of the festivals and international partners.
2. 2nd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 400.00 (pre-tax)
o The special prizes will be announced by May 30 so as to facilitate their programming in anticipation of the artistic restart of the festivals and international partners.
3. 3rd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 150.00 (pre-tax)
o The special prizes will be announced by May 30 so as to facilitate their programming in anticipation of the artistic restart of the festivals and international partners.

    • VIRTUOSO “JUNIOR” CATEGORY SOLOISTS UP TO 18 YEARS (BORN FROM 2003 ONWARDS)

Free choice program with a maximum duration of 12 minutes (pieces from the varieté, jazz, blues, pop, South American repertoire, in published or unpublished arrangements are allowed).
1. 1st prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 500.00 (pre-tax)
o The special prizes will be announced by May 30 so as to facilitate their programming in anticipation of the artistic restart of the festivals and international partners.
2. 2nd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 250.00 (pre-tax)
3. 3rd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 100.00 (pre-tax)

    • VIRTUOSO “STUDENT” CATEGORY SOLOISTS UP TO 15 YEARS (BORN 2006 ONWARDS)

Free choice program with a maximum duration of 9 minutes (pieces from the varieté, jazz, blues, pop, South American repertoire, in published or unpublished arrangements are allowed).
1. 1st prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 200.00 (pre-tax)
2. 2nd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 150.00 (pre-tax)
3. 3rd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 100.00 (pre-tax)

“WORLD ACCORDION” SECTION

    • WORLD “SENIOR” CATEGORY SOLOISTS WITH NO AGE LIMITS

Competitors who use an accordion, a diatonic accordion (of any model), a garmoshka, a bandoneon, etc. are allowed.
Competitors must present a program of a maximum duration of 12 minutes including compositions, arrangements or creative elaborations of pieces taken from the world music, ethno jazz, ethnic, folk, traditional repertoire including at least ONE SONG FROM THEIR OWN CULTURE / TRADITION.
1. 1st prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 500.00 (pre-tax)
o The special prizes will be announced by May 30 so as to facilitate their programming in anticipation of the artistic restart of the festivals and international partners.
2. 2nd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 250.00 (pre-tax)
3. 3rd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 150.00 (pre-tax)

    • WORLD “JUNIOR” CATEGORY SOLOISTS UP TO 18 YEARS (BORN FROM 2003 ONWARDS)

Competitors who use an accordion, a diatonic accordion (of any model), a garmoshka, a bandoneon are allowed. Competitors must present a program in the maximum duration of 9 minutes including compositions or arrangements and creative elaborations of pieces taken from the world music, ethno jazz, ethnic, folk, traditional repertoire including at least ONE SONG FROM OUR CULTURE / TRADITION.
1. 1st prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 300.00 (pre-tax)
o The special prizes will be announced by May 30 so as to facilitate their programming in anticipation of the artistic restart of the festivals and international partners.
2. 2nd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 200.00 (pre-tax)
3. 3rd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 100.00 (pre-tax)

    • WORLD “STUDENT” CATEGORY SOLOISTS UP TO 15 YEARS (BORN 2006 ONWARDS)

Competitors who use an accordion, a diatonic accordion (of any model), a garmoshka, a bandoneon are allowed. Competitors must present a program of a maximum duration of 7 minutes including compositions or arrangements and creative elaborations of pieces taken from the world music, ethno jazz, ethnic, folk, traditional repertoire including at least ONE SONG FROM THEIR CULTURE / TRADITION.
1. 1st prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 200.00 (pre-tax)
2. 2nd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 150.00 (pre-tax)
3. 3rd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 50.00 (pre-tax)

    • WORLD CATEGORY WITHOUT AGE LIMITS

Groups (max 12 members) can participate, with at least one accordion or a diatonic accordion (of any model), a garmoshka, a bandoneon or a digital accordion, with a main role in the formation. Groups with more than one bellows instrument or with only bellows instruments (of the type mentioned above) are admitted. At least one piece of the program must refer to one’s own CULTURE / TRADITION. The organization suggests the use of traditional clothes from their homeland.
Competitors must present a program of a maximum duration of 16 minutes including compositions or arrangements and creative elaborations of pieces taken from the world music, ethno jazz, ethnic, folk, traditional repertoire.
1. 1st prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 1000.00 (pre-tax)
o The special prizes will be announced by May 30 so as to facilitate their programming in anticipation of the artistic restart of the festivals and international partners.
2. 2nd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 500.00 (pre-tax)
3. 3rd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 250.00 (pre-tax)

“JAZZ ACCORDION” SECTION

    • “JAZZ” CATEGORY ENSEMBLE WITHOUT AGE LIMITS

PROJECTS up to 12 members can participate, in which the accordion has a main role. Formations with more than one bellows instrument or with only bellows instruments are allowed. The use of the acoustic, electronic and diatonic accordion is allowed. The jury, made up of industry experts, critics and jazz musicians, will evaluate the personal style, improvisation, instrumental skills and the artistic project.
Single test with a maximum duration of 16 minutes – competitors must submit a free choice program that includes at least one “standard” from the Real Book
The first 5 participants who request it will have a professional rhythm section available (drums, bass, guitar). The contestant will have 45 minutes to rehearse with the band on the same day as the auditions. We recommend making arrangements that facilitate “sight reading”.
1. 1st prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 800.00 (pre-tax)
o The special prizes will be announced by May 30 so as to facilitate their programming in anticipation of the artistic restart of the festivals and international partners.
2. 2nd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 400.00 (pre-tax)
3. 3rd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 200.00 (pre-tax)

“ELECTRONIC ACCORDION” SECTION

    • ELECTRONIC “GERVASIO MARCOSIGNORI” CATEGORY WITHOUT AGE LIMITS

The category is open to soloists with VIRTUAL accordions (without acoustic voices), HYBRID (acoustic accordions with MIDI systems) or ELECTRIC (acoustic accordions connected to digital multi-effects, looper, etc.). External modules or computers are allowed, as well as added audio sequences. The jury will cast a vote taking into account the performance and creativity of the proposal.
Candidates must submit a free choice program (all musical genres are allowed) not exceeding 12 minutes. Competitors will have a maximum of 5 minutes to prepare their equipment and are invited to simplify their set-up. The organization will provide an audio amplification with 2 inputs (1 stereo) and a single monitor.
1. 1st prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 500.00 (pre-tax)
o The special prizes will be communicated by May 30th in order to facilitate their programming in forecast of the artistic restart of festivals and international partners.
2. 2nd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 250.00 (pre-tax)
3. 3rd prize winner
o Artistic trophy
o Scholarship of € 150.00 (pre-tax)

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