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Evgeny Kissin is the honorary chairman of the new Antonio Mormone competition

Josephine Miles

Kissin to chair new competition in Milan

4:33, 10th June 2019

Evgeny Kissin has been appointed honorary chairman of the Antonio Mormone International Prize, a new competition in memory of the Italian impresario who supported the early careers of several leading musicians.

Kissin will present the winner with their prize at the competition final in Milan on 5 July 2020. He cites Antonio Mormone as ‘a remarkable man who was my friend for many years’.

The competition has been conceived by Enrica Ciccarelli Mormone, pianist and president of La Società dei Concerti foundation, a Milan-based concert series founded by Antonio Mormone in 1983. Since its inception La Società has presented over 1,500 concerts, including performances by pianists such as Maurizio Pollini, Radu Lupu, Lang Lang and Kissin himself.

Enrica Mormone will serve as artistic director of the competition alongside pianist and conductor Matthieu Mantanus as co-director.

The competition is planned to take place every four years and will be alternately dedicated to piano and violin. The inaugural 2019-20 competition is dedicated to piano, and pianists aged between 18 and 28 are invited to participate. The competition is intended to support young musicians at the beginning of their careers.

From October 2019 to July 2020 competition entrants will perform in a variety of venues in Milan and around the world. An international ‘travelling jury’, anonymously attending candidates’ performances in concert halls globally, provides a unique dimension to the competition. Candidates will have the opportunity to perform solo, chamber and symphonic programmes, including a new work by Italian composer Ivan Fedele commissioned specially for the competition.

The final rounds of the competition take place on 2 and 3 July 2020 at the Verdi Hall in the Milan Conservatory. Three finalists will give a solo recital and a chamber music performance with the Adorno Quartet. The final takes place on 5 July at the Teatro alla Scala, featuring concertos with the Orchestra of the Academy of Teatro alla Scala.

The winner will receive a prize package comprising €30,000, a CD recording with Universal, a one-year management contract with Lorenzo Baldrighi Artists Management, plus concert performances in Italy, Germany, Poland, North America and Asia.


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