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 that plays an important formative role in civil society.

From 2019 the Amigdala International Music Competition is a member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation, a worldwide organization which includes the most important international music competitions

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The 3° International Prize for Piano Interpretation AMIGDALA will take place on May 3th , 4th, 5th 2020 
at "Leonardo Sciascia" Theatre - via Garibaldi, 44 - Aci Bonaccorsi (
Catania - Sicily - Italy)

The competition is open to all pianists born after 01-01-1984

Participants of all nationalities are accepted. Definitive Calendar will be published on April 25th 2020

Info tel. 3381140344 - 3480063108


For information to contact the secretariat:

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The competition is held in 3 round: First round, Semifinal and Final round

The finalist of International Competition in 2 o 3 rounds from 01\01\2019 are exonerated from the first round.

Prize winnings must be documented with the original diploma of the competition or with authenticated photocopy and be sent together with the inscription.

The pianists who have passed the selections with the first or second prize evaluation in Amigdala Selections in our countries partners are also admitted directly to the Semifinal Round.

  • First round (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 Clementi, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart Sonata (participants must not play pieces performed in previous round)

  • Final round: (Free program max 45 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


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

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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. 

The competitors will be presented in alphabetical order according to a schedule that will be displayed on April 25th 2020 on:

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 20 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.

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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"

Gala Concert 

will be held on Tuesday May 5th, 2020 - 6.00 p.m.

"Leonardo Sciascia "theatre

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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.

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

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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.

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