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A Yamaha Disklavier grand piano

Josephine Miles

First Yamaha Disklavier composition contest unveiled

2:50, 3rd July 2019

Yamaha Music Europe (Italy branch) and Cremona Musica, the annual musical instruments exhibition, have announced the first edition of the Disklavier Composers Contest

The competition was conceived to exploit the potential of Yamaha’s self-playing Disklavier pianos. Using a system of electronic sensors, Disklaviers record the movements of the keys, hammers and pedals during performance and save this data as a MIDI file. On playback, electromechanical solenoids interpret the MIDI data to make the keys and pedals move by themselves, thus reproducing the original performance.

Competition entrants must submit a new piece of music which fully exploits the creative potential of Disklavier technology. All entries will be performed on a Yamaha Disklavier piano, and the performances will be video-recorded and published on a specially created YouTube channel.

An international jury will select five compositions to go through to the final of the competition, held on 29 September at the 2019 Cremona Musica exhibition. The winner will be awarded a Yamaha U1 Disklavier Enspire ST piano and all finalists will have their compositions published by Edizioni Curci. A Yamaha Clavinova CLP 685 piano will be presented as an ‘audience award’ to the participant whose composition receives the most ‘likes’ on the competition’s YouTube channel.

Applications for the Disklavier Composers Contest close on 10 July. Visit this page for entry criteria and full terms and conditions.


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