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Aevea Piano Prize (APP)

III/2021 — Jury@Home Edition!



Total Prizes: Euros 15,000+
Toward the Production of High-Quality Recordings Distributed Worldwide.


9 Finalists announced!

Verona, 25-27 August, 2021
28 August (reserve day)
Sala Maffeiana - Accademia Filarmonica


For Solo Piano / Chamber Music Duo & Trio w/ Piano / Piano 4-Hands






The Aevea Piano Prize (APP) is an International Competition whose purpose is to promote selected participants through relevant performance opportunities and worldwide distribution of their recordings.


The competition takes place at the prestigious Sala Maffeiana in Verona, located nearby the Arena. Considered the oldest concert hall in Italy, it hosted performances of 13-year-old Mozart, in 1770.


The First Prize winner will be chosen after the recording of the final live session.



Application deadline: Saturday 14 August, 2021, h. 12 pm.



I. Pre-selection / First Round [from home] (click to enlarge)

  1. Registration.
    To register for the competition, the candidate shall complete the application form, specify the chosen composer and repertoire, its approximate duration, and attach the video and the receipt of payment of the registration fee.
  2. Video.
    Each candidate will provide a link to a YouTube or Facebook or Vimeo video featuring a performance of at least 15 (fifteen) minutes from the program chosen for the APP (Aevea Piano Prize):
    - The video must be recorded within the last 12 months.
    - Edited videos are not allowed.
    - Multiple-cameras videos are not allowed.
  3. Pre-selection.
    A jury - formed by some artists and staff of the label OnClassical - will screen the submitted material, and will select up to 11 (eleven) candidates; of these, 9 (nine) will be admitted to the recording round, while the other 2 (two) will be considered in stand-by should any of the nine finalists forfeit their participation.
    Jury's verdict is definitive and not contestable.
    The organization reserves the right to select a different number of finalists given the level of the partecipants.
  4. Confirmation.
    The finalists will be notified on August 17, 2021.
  5. Anonymity.
    All the candidates, who do not advance to the final round, will remain anonymous.
    The admitted candidates (finalists) will receive all necessary info via email.


II. Final Round [in Verona] (click to enlarge)

  1. Arrival.
    Finalist(s) will arrive in Sala Maffeiana between August 25-27, according to the agreed schedule.
    The recording might require a 15/30-minute set-up before each performance, while the candidate will be able to practise.
  2. Recording. *
    Finalist(s) will play/record a recital of 55-70 minutes behind closed doors.
    Only technical staff will be present, not the jury.
    Finalist(s) will perform "live" as in a normal competition/concert.
    Short pauses/breaks are allowed between pieces.
  3. Editing. *
    Each candidate will have the chance to record thirty (30) extra minutes for eventual editing.
    The editing session is only intended to improve the "live" main recording.
    * In case of outside interferences, such as a thunderstorm, bird noise, etc., the producer may decide to start over giving the candidates a longer session.
  4. Choice of the audio material.
    The producer will send the recorded material (both the "live" and the editing sessions) to each finalist, who will ensure that the final takes be chosen within thirty (30) days.
    In case the deadline is not met, the producer reserves the right to complete the final master.
  5. Publication.
    The final masters will be published by the label OnClassical (Naxos digital distribution) on the major platforms (Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon, Youtube Music, HDTracks, HighResAudio, and many others).


III. Recording / Publishing Agreement (click to enlarge)

  1. The label has the exclusive, irrevocable, unrestricted right, to use (or not to use) the master in all territories, in whatever form including, not limited to, the production, the copying, the sale and the distribution of physical copies, digital sales (downloads/ streaming), third-part licensing, etc.
  2. The candidate renounces to any and all rights, including any payment and/or royalties, that may derive from the publication, the sales, and the licensing of the master.
  3. The candidate(s) is/are entitled, at his/her/their discretion, to have a printing of the final master - as made by the label - at a cost price.


Covid-19-related guidelines (click to enlarge)

Given the current situation, we want to reassure everyone involved that the personnel at the Aevea Piano Prize will be taking all the necessary precautions.
We care about the health and safety of our contestants.

- The competition will take place behind closed doors, in a large performance space.
- In addition to the contestant, there will be two audio technicians, the sound engineer, and the piano technician.
- Inside the music hall, social distancing will constantly be maintained on behalf of the organization.
- Use of face masks is mandatory for distances of less than one meter (three feet).
- The performers will be able to play without the use of face masks.
- The piano will be disinfected regularly, and the microphones will be more than one meter away from the piano.

We trust that the experience will be enjoyable, despite our inability to shake hands and come in close physical contact.
Music will provide enough enjoyment!



Considering the heavy travel restrictions due to the pandemic, we decided to consider each candidate - accordingly to his/her actual residence - to record at a location in his/her own country, rather than recording at the competition’s location in Verona, Italy.
Once candidates are selected as finalists, they are asked to send the following:

  1. A professional recording made according to the following parameters (see the above II/2 clause): HD 88.2/24, no noises (outside: wind, rain, birds, traffic noise...; inside: breaths, grumbles or similar, chairs/benches and/or pedal noises, conditioners...).

  2. A second recording session, should the candidate so wish, containing editing material to edit the main performance (see the above II/3 clause).

  3. A list of edits from the second session, and how they would be integrated within the recording of the live performance. (see the above II/4 clause).

The length of the recording should follow our general rules:



Due to reasons beyong our control, the competition may be postponed to a new date or cancelled. In the last case subscription fee will be fully refunded.





1st Prize: assigned by the Jury [1]

Prizes for the 9 finalists [2]


Total prizes paid to musicians (including concerts): euros 1,500.
Recordings value (not paid to musicians): euros 15,000+


[1] The Jury will be formed by staff and artist members of the label OnClassical. The Jury will decide and assign the 1st Prize once the master will be completed.
[2] All finalists will experience the process of a professional recording made during their performances, a special editing session, and the release of a final master distributed online by Naxos of America.


* High non-quantifiable value.
100% free-of-charge for the Artist/s.


Application form

Candidate shall fill the application form (green link) and attach the receipt of the payment (100 euros) within the deadline (postponed) of August 14, 2021, h. 12 pm.
By sending the Application Form the candidate hereby accepts the Agreement (see the Rules above).



Modality to make the payment:

Deutsche Bank




Payment amount: 100 euros

Specification: AEVEA - Subject: APP 2021


PayPal (click here to send the application fee)



Payment amount: 100 euros
Specification: AEVEA - Subject: APP 2021

* Copy (CTRL+C or CMD+C) and Paste (CTRL+V or CMD+V) the IBAN code for avoiding errors.



Saturday, August 14, H. 12 pm.

- Application deadline


Sunday, August 15

    I Round - Finalists *:

        - Michelle Candotti [IT]
        - Mikhail Krasnenker [RU]
        - Pavle Krstic [AU]
        - Maria Narodytska [UA]
        - Marco Ottaviani [IT]
        - Ludovica Vincenti [IT]
        - Hugo Alcázar Rodríguez [SP]
        - Marc Pierre Toth [CA]
        - Vladimir Skomorokhov [RU]


Photos of the finalists available on our page.

    * In case of duo, trio or piano 4-hands only a single pianist's name announced.


Pre-screening jury:
        - Alessandro Simonetto
        - Evgeny Starodubtsev
        - Giovanni Mazzocchin


II Round - Calendar of the recording sessions:

    - Wednesday, August 25
        H. 9 am - 12 pm      Marc Pierre Toth [CA]
        H. 2 pm - 5 pm        Maria Narodytska [UA]
        H. 6 pm - 9 pm        Pavle Krstic [AU]

    - Thursday, August 26
        H. 9 am - 12 pm      Hugo Alcázar Rodríguez [SP]
        H. 2 pm - 5 pm        Michelle Candotti [IT]
        H. 6 pm - 9 pm        Marco Ottaviani [IT]


    - Friday, August 27
        H. 9 am - 12 pm      Ludovica Vincenti [IT]
        H. 2 pm - 5 pm        Vladimir Skomorokhov [RU]
        H. 6 pm - 9 pm        Mikhail Krasnenker [RU]



- Editing


- Announcement of the winner



Past winners:

2019    Evgeny Starodubtsev
2020    Feodor Amirov
            Marcin Wieczoreck (Chopin Prize)



Feodor Amirov (RU)

Diana Bonatesta (IT)

Gala Chistiakova (RU)

Giuseppe Greco (IT)

Roberto Poli (US)

Matthias Ro¨der (DE)

Alessandro Simonetto (IT)

Cesare Venturi (IT)

Pieter Van Winkel (NL)


The AEVEA PIANO PRIZE is located @

Sala Maffeiana
Via Roma 1, 37121 - Verona

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Airports (closest):
Verona/Villafranca [Valerio Catullo] (VRN)
Milan-Bergamo/Orio al Serio (BGY)
Milan Malpensa (MXP)
Milan Linate (LIN)
Venice [Marco Polo] (VCE)
Treviso [Antonio Canova] [(TSF)




A22 (Brennero)
A4 (Torino-Venezia)


Distances from the closest cities:
Trento km. 103
Bozen km 157
Vicenza km 51
Venice km 114
Milan km 161
Bologna km 142


Q.: How many categories are there?

A.: You can enroll in the solo-piano, piano-4-hands, piano-duo, and piano-trio categories. One First Prize will be awarded to a pianist or one ensemble for each category (in the case of ensembles, the prize will be shared among the group’s members).


Q.: How many rounds are there?

A.: There are two rounds: 1) A pre-selection stage through videos sent by the candidates. 2) A final stage in which 9 candidates/finalists will be playing in Verona, August 19-23.


Q.: Can I send a video with different repertoire?

A.: No, the same repertoire must be presented.


Q.: I do not own a piano. Can I send a video recorded with an electronic piano (Clavinova or similar)?

A.: Yes, as long as it is recorded live, with no internal cables or via MIDI.


Q.: Are there any compulsory pieces to play?

A.: No, the program is free. There is a requirement, however - that only one composer be represented. In other words, the program must be “monographic,” and the duration should be 55-70 minutes.


Q.: When will the jury deliberate? When will the prizes be awarded?

A.: Once all the finalists have performed, we will move on to the editing session, and will complete the recordings in the following months. In November/December the jury will listen to the final masters. The final verdict will be announced in December.


Q.: Will the jury know who is playing in the recording?

A.: No. Recordings will not be labeled in any way that would disclose the contestant’s identity. The names of the finalists will be made public, but not the their repertoire. We encourage the contestants to not reveal their repertoire until a deliberation from the jury is made available.

Read more about the jury.


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