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Rules and Regulations

The 2017 Castelfidardo Premio e Concorso Internazionale di Fisarmonica is organised by the Castelfidardo Municipal Administration led by Mayor Roberto Ascani, the Castelfidardo Pro Loco headed by Ruben Cittadini, and event Artistic Director Christian Riganelli.

Table Of Contents

Introduction
“Premio” category
Category A
Category B
Category C
Category D
Category E
Category F
Category H “Variety”
Category I “Variety”
Category J Jazz
Category M
Category N
Regulations for the Various Categories

RULES

  1. The City Council Administration of Castelfidardo (Italy) announces the International “Città di Castelfidardo” Accordion Prize dedicated to soloists and groups, with 20,500 Euro in prize money, from 10th – 17th September 2017.
  1. Registration is free.
  1. Entrants can participate with any kind of accordion, of any brand, entering a maximum of two (2) categories (one for soloists and one for groups).
  1. All application forms must arrive no later than 10th August 2017 using the special online form for the category(s) you are entering. The forms can be downloaded at pifcastelfidardo.it

 

FIRST SECTION – CLASSICAL MUSIC | 16-17 SEPTEMBER

“PREMIO” CATEGORY Classical accordion soloists – no age limit – 3 rounds

FIRST ROUND  (16 SEPTEMBER)
Entrants must perform a programme of their choice lasting a maximum of 20 minutes, including one (1) composition for harpsichord or organ by Johann Sebastian Bach.
The programmes should demonstrate as much as possible the diversity of the original repertoire for accordion, drawing from the repertoire of the various national “schools”; at the same time, they should include pieces that are different in character, era, taste and style.
A maximum of eight (8) entrants will be chosen to go into the second round.

SECOND ROUND (17 SEPTEMBER)
Entrants who make it to this round must perform a programme of their choice (different from their first round programme) lasting a maximum of 20 minutes. A new performance order will be decided upon by ballot and will be the same for the third round.
A maximum of three (3) entrants will be chosen to go into the third round.

THIRD ROUND (17 SEPTEMBER)
Entrants in this round must perform with the String Orchestra in the Astra Theatre in the afternoon, playing the mandatory piece composed by Angelo Biancamano that can be downloaded in PDF ( attention please, at the beat 139 the right hand plays a Do natural) and MP3 (only orchestra. accordion and orchestra).

 

  1. FIRST PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 1,500 Euro (pre-tax)
    • special “Accordions Worldwide” prize consisting of a website / promo site (domain) for one year or a promotional banner, total value of 400 Euro
    • Concert performances:
      • Mons (Belgium, 2018) in partnership with Accordéon-nous.org
      • Kragujevac (Serbia, 2018) in partnership with the International Festival of Accordion Artists
      • Rostov (Russia, 2018) in partnership with “Accordion plus”
      • Alcobaça (Portugal, 2018) in partnership with the Semana Internacional do Acordeão
  2. SECOND PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 800 Euro (pre-tax)
  3. THIRD PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 400 Euro (pre-tax)
  4. SPECIAL PRIZE
    • Rome (Italy, 2018) An Italian contestant, chosen by the jury, will win a concert prize at the “S.Cecilia” Conservatorium of Music in Rome during the 5th edition of the “Contemporary Accordion” Festival (hospitality and reimbursement of expenses of 300 Euro included)

 

CATEGORY A CLASSICAL – Soloists up to 12 years of age (born from 2005 onwards)

Free choice programme with a maximum length of 10 minutes. Entrants cannot present programmes totally composed of transcriptions.

  1. FIRST PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 250 Euro (pre-tax)
  2. SECOND PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 150 Euro (pre-tax)
  3. THIRD PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 100 Euro (pre-tax)
  4. SPECIAL PRIZE
    • In memory of Gisela Dolling, a scholarship of 200 Euro will go to the youngest competitor of this category.

 

CATEGORY B CLASSICAL – Soloists up to 15 years of age (born from 2002 onwards)

Free choice programme with a maximum length of 12 minutes. Entrants cannot present programmes totally composed of transcriptions.

  1. FIRST PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 250 Euro (pre-tax)
  2. SECOND PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 150 Euro (pre-tax)
  3. THIRD PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 100 Euro (pre-tax)

 

CATEGORY C CLASSICAL – Soloists up to 18 years of age (born from 1999 onwards)

Free choice programme with a maximum length of 15 minutes. Entrants cannot present programmes totally composed of transcriptions.

  1. FIRST PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 250 Euro (pre-tax)
    • special prize of 300 Euro in memory of Gervasio Marcosignori
  2. SECOND PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 150 Euro (pre-tax)
  3. THIRD PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 100 Euro (pre-tax)

 

CATEGORY D CLASSICAL – Soloists with no age limit

Free choice programme with a maximum length of 18 minutes including a “Sonata” by Domenico Scarlatti. Entrants cannot present programmes totally composed of transcriptions.

  1. FIRST PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 400 Euro (pre-tax)
    • Klingenthal (Germany, 2018) Concert prize in partnership with the “Concorso Internazionale di Fisarmonica” (including travel reimbursement, hospitality and  200 Euro)
  2. SECOND PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 250 Euro (pre-tax)
  3. THIRD PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 150 Euro (pre-tax)
  4. SPECIAL PRIZE
    • Ascoli Piceno (Italy, 2018) An Italian entrant will perform a concert in Ascoli Piceno during the   Internazionale Music Festival “Ascolipicenofestival” (including a reimbursement of 300 Euro plus hospitality)
  5. SPECIAL PRIZE “GIUSEPPE CINGOLANI” for soloists
    • The Ancona Chamber of Commerce will give a scholarship of 300 Euro to the soloist from the “Macro Region” (Albania, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia Herzegovina) who receives the highest score in one of the classical music categories (A-B-C-D). The prize is named after GIUSEPPE CINGOLANI for his indisputable work in the creation of the ADRIATIC-IONIAN Macro Region.

 

CATEGORY E CHAMBER MUSIC – Chamber music ensembles made up only of accordions – no age limit (from a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 12 participants)

Entrants must present a programme of their choice with a maximum length of 20 minutes.

  1. FIRST PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 1000 Euro (pre-tax)
  2. SECOND PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 700 Euro (pre-tax)
  3. THIRD PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 400 Euro (pre-tax)

 

CATEGORY F CHAMBER MUSIC –  Chamber music groups with accordion and other instruments – no age limit (from a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 12 participants)

Entrants must present a programme of their choice with a maximum length of 20 minutes.

  1. FIRST PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 1000 Euro (pre-tax)
    • special “Accordions Worldwide” prize consisting of a website / promo site (domain) for one year or a promotional banner, total value of 400 Euro
  2. SECOND PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 700 Euro (pre-tax)
  3. THIRD PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 400 Euro (pre-tax)
  4. SPECIAL PRIZE
    • Cuneo (Italy, 2018) An Italian ensemble, chosen by the jury, with perform a concert in the province of Cuneo as part of the “Summer Concert Series 2018” (hospitality and reimbursement of 300 Euro).
  5. SPECIAL PRIZE “GIUSEPPE CINGOLANI” for groups
    • The Ancona Chamber of Commerce will give a scholarship of 700 Euro to the group from the “Macro Region” (Albania, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia Herzegovina) who receives the highest score in one of the classical music categories (E-F). The prize is named after GIUSEPPE CINGOLANI for his indisputable work in the creation of the ADRIATIC-IONIAN Macro Region.

 

 

SECOND SECTION – OTHER MUSIC | 15 SEPTEMBER

MUSICA LEGGERA, ENTERTAINMENT, JAZZ

 

CATEGORY H –  “VARIETY” – Soloists up to 18 years of age (born from 1999 onwards)

Entrants must present a programme of their choice with a maximum length of 15 minutes (pieces from the following repertoires are accepted: varieté, jazz, blues, pop, South American, in published or unpublished  arrangements).

  1. FIRST PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 250 Euro (pre-tax)
  2. SECOND PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 150 Euro (pre-tax)
  3. THIRD PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 100 Euro (pre-tax)
  4. SPECIAL PRIZE
    • Castelfidardo (Italy, 2018) An Italian entrant chosen by the jury will perform a concert in Castelfidardo in collaboration with the International Accordion Museum of Castelfidardo (including reimbursement of 300 Euro plus hospitality).

 

CATEGORY I –  “VARIETY” – Soloists  – no age limit

Entrants must present a programme of their choice with a maximum length of 18 minutes (pieces from the following repertoires are accepted: varieté, jazz, blues, pop, South American, in published or unpublished  arrangements).

  1. FIRST PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 400 Euro (pre-tax)
    • Montmagny (Quebec, Canada, 2018) Invitation to perform at the “Carrefour Mondial de l’Accordéon 2018” in Montmagny, Quebec (Canada) (travel expenses and hospitality provided by Carrefour)
    • Potenza Picena (Italy – 16 September 2017) Concert performance in collaboration with the Friends of Music Association (including reimbursement of 300 Euro)
  2. SECOND PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 250 Euro (pre-tax)
  3. THIRD PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 150 Euro (pre-tax)
  4. SPECIAL PRIZE
    • Castelvetro di Modena (Italy, 2018) An Italian entrant chosen by the jury will perform a concert in Castelvetro di Modena (including reimbursement of 300 Euro plus hospitality).

 

CATEGORY J JAZZ –  Soloists or groups  – no age limit

Admission to this category is open to soloists or groups of up to 8 participants in which the accordion has the main role. Groups can be composed completely of accordions, or of an accordion and other instruments. The use of acoustic, digital, electronic, chromatic and diatonic accordions is allowed.
Entrants must perform a programme of their choice with a maximum length of 18 minutes including at least one “standard” from the “Real Book”.  The jury – made up of experts, critics and jazz musicians – will evaluate personal style, improvisational and instrumental skill and the artistic project as a whole.

  1. FIRST PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 1000 Euro (pre-tax)
    • recording contract with BARVIN Music Publishers, Rome, that includes the production of 1000 CDs and their distribution on Digital Stores
  2. SECOND PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 700 Euro (pre-tax)
  3. THIRD PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 400 Euro (pre-tax)
  4. SPECIAL PRIZE
    • Scholarship of 500 Euro (pre-tax) given to the best soloist of the category, offered by Victoria Accordions
    • Castelfidardo (Italy, 2018) An Italian group chosen by the jury will perform a concert in Castelfidardo during the 2nd edition of the “Jazz Accordion Festival” (including reimbursement of 400 Euro plus hospitality).

 

 

THIRD SECTION – WORLD MUSIC | 14 SEPTEMBER

CATEGORY M  WORLD MUSIC – Ensembles  – no age limit – one round only       

Category M is open to any group, with no age limit, comprised of at least one accordion or one diatonic accordion (of any model), a garmoshka or a bandoneon or digital accordion, that should have the main role in the ensemble. Groups may contain more than one free reed instrument or with only free reed instruments (like the ones mentioned above).
Entrants must present a programme of their choice with a maximum length of 20 minutes, including arrangements and creative reworkings of pieces from the world music, ethno jazz, ethnic, folk and traditional repertoires.
Original compositions generically inspired by ethnic music are also accepted. Apart from the quality of the performance, the jury will also consider the artistic quality of the group.

  1. FIRST PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 700 Euro (pre-tax)
    • special Mario Moreschi prize of 300 Euro (pre-tax)
  2. SECOND PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 500 Euro (pre-tax)
  3. THIRD PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 300 Euro (pre-tax)
  4. SPECIAL PRIZE
    • Ancona (Italy, 2018) Concert prize going to an Italian group, chosen by the jury, who will perform at the “Adriatic Mediterranean Festival” in Ancona (including reimbursement of 400 Euro and hospitality)

 

CATEGORY N  WORLD MUSIC –  Soloists  – no age limit – one round only 

Category N is open to soloists with no age limit, who use an accordion, a diatonic accordion (of any model), a garmoshka, a bandoneon or a digital accordion, Competitors must present a programme of their choice of maximum duration of 15 minutes, including arrangements and creative elaborations of pieces from the world music, ethno jazz, ethnic, folk and traditional repertoires.
Original compositions generically inspired by ethnic music are also accepted.

  1. FIRST PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 400 Euro (pre-tax)
  2. SECOND PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 250 Euro (pre-tax)
  3. THIRD PRIZE WINNER
    • artistic medal
    • scholarship of 150 Euro (pre-tax)
  4. SPECIAL PRIZE
    • Castelfidardo (Italy, 2018) An Italian entrant, chosen by the jury, will perform a concert in Castelfidardo in collaboration with the International Accordion Museum of Castelfidardo (including reimbursement of 300 Euro plus hospitality).

 

REGULATIONS FOR THE VARIOUS CATEGORIES

  1. Entrants in the CLASSICAL MUSIC section are required to present three (3) printed copies of the pieces in their programme to the commission, at the beginning of the round. The jury reserves the right to penalise entrants who do not present these copies. At the end of the performance the scores will be returned to the entrant.
  2. Entrants in the OTHER MUSIC section (musica leggera, entertainment, jazz) are required to present three (3) printed copies of the pieces in their programme, or at least a copy (handwritten if need be) of the musical theme of each piece, to the commission at the beginning of the round. The jury reserves the right to penalise entrants who do not present these copies. At the end of the performance the scores will be returned to the entrant.
  3. The President of the jury has the right to end the performance of the contestant if the time limit of the category is not respected.
  4. Each jury member will give a score from 10 to 20. The highest and the lowest scores will be discarded. The final score will be obtained by adding the scores received in all rounds. The scores given by every member of the jury will be made public. For the PIF category a participant’s  final score will be calculated by calculating the sum of the score obtained in each of the three rounds.
  5. Entrants will be contacted by e-mail about their registration. The order of performance of entrants is alphabetical, starting from a letter drawn by lot. The timetable for each round will be available in the Secretariat’s Office at 7pm on the day before the beginning of the following day’s rounds. Each entrant must confirm their presence (by e-mail or phone) the day before the competition, or they may be eliminated. All performances will be open to the public.
  6. The jury reserves the right to not award a prize if the entrants do not reach a high enough artistic level or do not follow the artistic requirements.
  7. Joint winners are not allowed for the first three prizes. The decision of the jury is not open to appeal.
  8. Radio, tv or streaming use of the competition rounds or final concert will not involve any compensation to the entrants, nor can they request the use of said media products.
  9. Registration for the competition involves the acceptance of these regulations. The Court of Ancona is responsible for dealing with any legal issues.
  10. The first three prize winners in each category must be present during the award ceremony in the Astra Theatre (or risk not receiving their prize). All monetary prizes will be paid via cheque, bank wire transfer or electronic payment.
  11. The first three prize winners in Category M (World Music) and the first prize winners in each other category must perform during their award ceremony and must also perform pieces from their programmes that are chosen by the jury. 
  12. HOSPITALITY: travel and accommodation costs are at the expense of each entrant. The first 40 solo entrants and the first 90 entrants across all other categories will have the possibility to make use of free lodging (one night for Italian entrants and two nights for foreign entrants: no singles rooms) arranged in structures associated with the the organisation of the PIF 2017, and only for those people actually participating in the competition. Participants can extend their stay (at their own cost) at the special price of 25,000 Euro per night. The Pro Loco Tourist Association (tel. 071 7822987 / 071 7823162) is able to assist entrants during their stay.
  13. The organisation of the competition will not be responsible for any kind of event that may occur to
  14. The organisation reserves the right to modify or add things to the regulations at its sole discretion. For the definitive version please see the Italian text published at www.pifcastelfidardo.it
  15. The organisation reserves the right to bring forward the timing of the rounds in the case of participant numbers making that necessary. The organisation will make sure to inform the affected entrants of these changes.
  16. Personal data of the entrants, including audio and video taken during the competition, are registered and used only for competition purposes (Art. 13, c. 1, D. L.vo 30th June 2003, n. 196 “Codice in materia di dati personali”).

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