Bologna, Italy, October 29 – November 1- 2021
In collaboration with the R. Accademia Filarmonica of Bologna
Menno van Delft, Maria Pia Jacoboni Neri,
Dubee Sohn, Giorgio Tabacco
The Competition is open to harpsichordists born after 31 December 1986.
An entry fee of € 130 should be remitted to the following account in the name
Clavicembalistica Bolognese, Via Saragozza n. 86, I - 40123 Bologna, Italy.
Conto Corrente Postale, 17172404
The application must be sent
by e-mail to Associazione.firstname.lastname@example.org within 15 October 2021
by regular mail to
Via Saragozza, 86
I - 40123 Bologna, Italy
and should be postmarked by 15 October 2021.
Only the first 20 applications will be accepted.
The entrance fee will be refunded to applicants exceeding this number.
The entrance fee will not be refunded to applicants who withdraw from the competition.
documents should be enclosed with the application form:
Certificate of musical harpsichord qualification (copy)
Birth certificate (copy)
Receipt of payment of the entrance fee
A short curriculum vitae
The application should also indicate an address, telephone number and e-mail for communications.
A French harpsichord (two manuals) by M. Johnson and an Italian harpsichord by R. Mattiazzo will be used for the competition performances.
Harpsichords will be available for practice.
Participants should present themselves in Bologna on October 29 -2021 at 10 a.m. at R. Accademia Filarmonica, Via Guerrazzi 13 – Bologna, Italy, with an identification document. At this time, candidates must present five copies of the detailed programme of their performances of each round and five copies of the pieces of the candidate's own choice, bound in five separate booklets (for distribution to the members of the Jury).
The order of playing will be decided by drawing lots at the opening of the competition.
First Prize € 3500
Second Prize € 2500
Third Prize € 1500
Prize Mariolina De Robertis of € 500, offered by the harpsichordist Diadorim Saviola,
for the best performance of Ennio Morricone’s piece.
The Jury reserves the right to withhold the award of any of the prizes.
In case of a draw, the prizes will be equally divided amongst the winners.
Any decision reached by the Jury is final.
The winner of the First Prize will be invited to participate in the Jury’s work during the next edition of the Competition.
The First Prize cannot be divided.
- The winners are expected to give a concert in Bologna, for the Associazione Clavicembalistica Bolognese, at ‘Sala Mozart’ of the R. Accademia Filarmonica on the evening of 1 November 2021.
- The winners of the first three prizes will be invited to give a concert on the historical instruments of the Tagliavini Collection in San Colombano, Bologna.
- The winner of the first prize will be invited to give a recital within the Festival Soli Deo Gloria in Reggio Emilia, Italy and a recital at Reale Collegio di Spagna in Bologna.
- Besides these prizes, concert engagements will be offered to the winner.
GIROLAMO FRESCOBALDI: Capriccio
VII sopra l’Aria ‘Or chè noi rimena’,in partite
GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL Fourth Suite in e min. HWV429
FRANÇOIS COUPERIN Préludes n. 5 e 6 (from The Art de Toucher le Clavecin), or 2 Préludes of the candidate's own choice.
BALDASSARE GALUPPI One Sonata from ‘Passatempo
al Cembalo’, of the candidate's own choice.
Semi-final Round (open to the public)
J.SEBASTIAN BACH: ‘Capriccio on the Departure of his Most Belowed Brother’
ALESSANDRO SCARLATTI: Variations on ‘Follia’
(from Toccata VII, primo tono)
ENNIO MORRICONE: ‘Mordenti’ or ‘Neumi’, of the candidate's own choice.
Each candidate admitted to the final round will be given a piece of music of the XVII or XVIII century, copy of an original print, for instrument or voice and thorough bass. The candidate will have 15 minutes, without instrument, to prepare the continuo-playing. The rehearsal with the soloist, provided by the jury, will be done in presence of the Jury.
Final Performance (open to the public)
A programme of about 40 minutes of the candidate’s own choice. The candidate may include in the programme one of the compositions performed in a previus round.
The Jury may ask the candidates to perform only in part or to repeat one or several of the presented compositions.
WINNERS OF THE 2019 EDITION
First Price: SOHN DUBEE (South Corea)
Second Price ex aequo: INÈS MORENO UNCILLA (Spain) and GIULIA RICCI (Italy)
Third price: MARCO CROSETTO (Italy), with special mention for the realization of basso continuo
Price “Mariolina De Robertis” for the best performance of the contemporary piece: D.C. RUBIO FERRANDIS (Spain)
WINNERS OF THE 2017 EDITION
First Prize: not awarded
ROSSELLA POLICARDO – Italy
Third Prize.KRZYSZTOF GARSTKA - Poland
Prize “M. De Robertis” for the best performance of the contemporary piece:
ROSSELLA POLICARDO - Italy
ORLANDO BASS – France
MARIA AURELIA VIŞOVAN – Rumania
MARCO CROSETTO – Italy
Prize Mariolina De Robertis offered by the Association Procembalo for the best performance of the contemporary piece:
PAULINA ALICJA ŻMUDA – Poland
WINNERS OF THE 2011 EDITION
First Prize ex aequo
ELISABETTA FERRI, Italy - CLEMENT GEOFFROY, France
Second Prize, not awarded
Third Prize ex aequo
HELENE DIOT, France - LUCA OBERTI, Italy
Prize Annelie de Man offered by the Association "Procembalo"
for the best performance of the contemporary piece
SONJA LEIPOLD, Austria
WINNERS OF THE 2009 EDITION
First Prize: KHALIL RONAN (France)
Second Prize: ex aequo, in alphabetical order ALESSANDRO BUCA (Italy) - NADJA LESAULNIER (France)
Third Prize: CECILE MANSUY (France)
OF THE 2007 EDITION
First Prize: CHENG-I VICTORIA CHEN-LIU (Spain)
Second Prize: NADJA LESAULNIER (France)
Third Prize: ex aequo, in alphabetical order FEDERICA BIANCHI (Italy) - ELISABETTA FERRI (Italy)
OF THE 2005 EDITION
First Prize: ex aequo, in alphabetical order, GIANNALISA ARENA (Italy) and ALINA RATKOWSKA (Poland)
Second Prize: PHILIPPE OLIVIER SALANDINI (France)
Third Prize: not awarded
OF THE 2003 EDITION
First Prize: CLOTILDE VERWAERDE, (France)
Second Prize: KAY UEYAMA, (England)
Third Prize: ex aequo, in alphabetical order, TABITHA MAGGIOTTO (Italy) and JAN PRITCHARD (England)