IV AMIGDALA International PRIZE  
Special Prize "Giuseppe Raciti"

"Leonardo Sciascia"Theater 
via Garibaldi, 44 
Aci Bonaccorsi (Catania - Italia) 

Registration deadline

30 June 2023

This international competition for pianists from all over the world aims to promote music among young people, to identify and promote the artistic success of emerging talents and to promote the territory that hosts the competition, both for tourism and through an artistic, social and cultural exchange . 

One of its aims is to contribute to spreading and developing an ever greater interest in classical music, an important formative role in civil society. 

Art. 1 

The competition is open to all pianists born after 01-01-1986 

For information to contact the secretariat: 

phone: 3381140344  


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The competition is divided into three rounds:

ELIMINATORY will take place online,

SEMIFINAL and FINAL rounds will take place on 25/26/27/28 October 2023 at L. Sciascia Theater - via G. Garibaldi, 44 in Aci Bonaccorsi (Catania)

The finalists of other international competitions with two or three rounds from 01/01/2022 will be admitted directly to the semifinal round. Among the enrollment documents they must present the Diploma certifying the evaluation achieved.

  • First round: (online)  max 15 min. 

- A study chosen from:  

F. Chopin 

F. Liszt 


C. Debussy 

S. Prokofiev op. 2 

A. Scriabin 

- Compositions chosen by the candidate  

  • Semifinal round:  (Free program max 25 min.) 

Including one movement of a classic sonata by Mozart , Clementi, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert etc.(participants must not play pieces performed in previous round)

  • Final round:  (Free program max 40 min.) 

(Participants must not repeat the pieces performed in previous rounds. It is possible to perform the whole classic sonata played in the semifinal round) 

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Entrance fee  € 120,00 

Registration deadline is June 30, 2023

The evaluation of the Eliminatory Round will be published on July 3 2023 

liberaAMIGDALA Association reserves the right to make changes or additions to the rulement or cancel the Competition due to force majeure. 

In this case the competition organization will entirely refund the application fees.

Competitors must send their video Link  containing the execution of the preliminary round with the following requirements: 

  • The recording must be clear and free from background noise  

  • The video must be made by a fixed camera (video cameras, mobile phones, tablets as well as with professional recording systems), in a single shot without cuts and must show the face, the hands of the musician and the entire instrument at all times. No cutting or merging sequences in the video sent are  allowed (one execution, therefore, without any interruption, even if different pieces are performed).

  • Audio-only recordings are not accepted. 

  • Grand and upright pianos are recommended. 

  • Videos without the above requirements or exceeding the time limit will not be accepted 

  • Insert, in the appropriate field of the registration form, the link of the video of the preliminary round, published  on YouTube and set as 'Unlisted'. 

  • The video must be titled as follows: AMIGDALA International Prize Piano Interpretation - First online round  - Name, Surname, age and country. 

  • The video must be visible  at least until the end of the competition, under penalty of exclusion from the competition - 

On their arrival, the competitors  admitted to the second round  , must show their Identity Card to the secretary and, before their performance, deliver 3 copies   of their scores to the Committee. 

The registration fee will be refunded only in case of cancellation of the competition

candidates admitted to the second round will be published on
July 3, 2023
on our website 

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On their arrival, the competitors must show their Identity Card to the secretary and, before their performance, deliver 2 copies of their scores to the Committee. 

The pieces to be performed must be original (no transpositions or arrangements of the composer's original work are allowed).  

The competitors can play for fewer minutes than those required. The performance could be stopped by the Committee if the competitor exceeds the required time.  

Competitors, during their stay, will have pianos to practice. 

If you want to enjoy a digital piano exclusively at your accommodation, you will have to apply for it at the time of your registration and pay a fee of EUR 30 per day at your desk. 

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The jury is made up of teachers from Conservatories and Music Schools, well-known musicians, differently qualified, the Chairwoman of the Cultural Association "Amigdala" and the Artistic Director of the AmigdalaMusicTalent Section. 

The members of the jury shall abstain from voting in case of kinship and/or having didactic relationship with the competitor either currently or taken place in the two year prior to the competition. In relation to the above, on the occasion of their settlement, each member of the jury issues a statement on his/her personal situation in relation to the competitors.  

Please note that the decision of the judges is unquestionable.  

 Art. 6 


1°  €  2.000,00  - certificate  

2°   € 1000,00  - certificate  

3°   € 800,00 -  certificate  

Scholarship of € 500  for the best performance of a Sergej Rachmaninov composition (2023 will be the 150th anniversary of his birth), offered by the M° Jena Chun-Wah Pang - certificate 

  Special Prize "Giuseppe Raciti" of € 400 for the best performance of a nineteenth-century composition, offered by the Raciti family - certificate


Winners can not claim any compensation for any "prize concerts."  

Travel costs for the achievement of the place of the concerts-prize will be paid by the winners. 

The jury may not award prizes if they do not consider the executions at the appropriate level. 

Candidates who do not pass the preliminary round will receive a certificate of participation. 

The award ceremony will take place during the Gala Concert. The winners chosen to perform their pieces are obliged to perform under penalty of annulment of the award. The same cannot demand any financial claims for their execution and for any possible " Award Concerts" 


will be held on 28 October, 2023 - 6.00 p.m.

"Leonardo Sciascia "theatre 

Art. 7 

By submitting an entry form, each entrant, parent, or legal guardian (if such entrant is a minor) authorizes the use of the competitor's name ,photo, audio and/or video recording for the publicity and advertisement purposes related to the competition by Amigdala International Music Competition. If you do not want to authorize this you must make an explicit request on the registration form. The competitors cannot demand any financial claims on Amigdala Cultural Association or on any broadcasting company. 

Art. 8 

The organizers may make changes to the program and competitors already enrolled will be notified by e-mailor by phone  

Art. 9 

This cultural event is not comparable to the sweepstakes, as intended by D.P.R.430/2001, art.6 com.1. Therefore, the Resolution n.8/1251 of the 28th October 1976 decides that the prizes will not be income taxed at the source.However,we specify that the final prizes will be added to Your personal income and the winners will have to pay own compulsory contributions on the basis of Your income tax return.