Virtuoso & Belcanto, the name given to the Festival and summer course, needs no translation, and is a clear message of its focus. In fact, there’s never been a true virtuoso who has not possessed the gift of cantabile as a main characteristic. And one cannot mention composers who were symbols of virtuosity such as Paganini, Liszt or Chopin, without mentioning cantabile or belcanto.

With the aim of stimulating these aspects of musical performance, Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival has planned five competitions with substantial prizes, open exclusively to students enrolled in the study program:

1. Piano – dedicated to F. Liszt 

  • 1st prize: € 2.500
  • 2nd prize: € 1.500
  • 3rd prize: € 1.000

2. Violin – dedicated to N. Paganini

  • 1st prize: a violin from the Cremona International Violin making School
  • 2nd prize: € 1.500
  • 3rd prize: € 1.000

3. Viola – dedicated to A. Rolla

  • 1st prize: Piero Farulli special prize and a Viola bow offered by the Fondazione Lucchi
  • 2nd prize: € 1.500
  • 3rd prize: € 1.000

4. Cello – dedicated to L. Boccherini

  • 1st prize: Cello bow by Jean-Luc Tauziede
  • 2nd prize: Cello bow offered by the Fondazione Lucchi
  • 3rd prize: € 1.000

5. Chamber music – Luigi Boccherini Award

  • 1st prize: € 5.000
  • 2nd prize: € 3.000
  • 3rd prize: € 2.000
  • Aldolfo Betti Award (offered by Animando -Centro di Promozione Musicale) for the best string quartet: TBD

A maximum of 15 candidates will be admitted for each competition. In the event that there are more than 15 requests, there will be a pre-selection during the course.

All the winners will be required to perform in the concert dedicated to them on the evening of July 27th. Winners failing to perform in this concert will not be awarded a prize. The juries of the different competitions will decide who will perform in the winners’ concert. The winning string quartet of the  Adolfo Betti award will also be expected to perform in the concert organized by Animando -Centro di Promozione Musicale on the 28th of July in Bagni di Lucca LU. Failure to do so will result in forfeiting the award prize.

The Adolfo Betti award, offered by Animando -Centro di Promozione Musicale, dedicated to the best string quartet participating in the Virtuoso & Belcanto Chamber Music competition, may also be cumulative with other awards in the same competition.