Disklavier Composers Contest 2020

The composition competition for Disklavier, the piano that plays by itself

Cremona Musica and Yamaha Music Europe – Branch Italy are proud to introduce the second edition of the “Disklavier Composers Contest”, the composition competition that exploits the Disklavier technology, which enables the piano to play autonomously. The winner of the final, which is taking place at Cremona Musica, on September 27th, will receive Euro 5,000 (gross of withholding taxes) 

The aim of Cremona Musica is not just the organization of its exhibition, scheduled between 25 and 27 September, but demands daily work throughout the entire year to constantly promote music, also with co-marketing projects with our partner companies, to organize prestigious projects like this one.

The “Disklavier Composer Contest” was conceived to let the genius of Yamaha’s engineers meet the genius of today’s composers, who are encouraged to fully exploit the potentials of this innovation, that extends the versatility of piano, enabling countless uses. A technology that will surely stimulate the fantasy of the most creative musicians.

The Disklavier technology, developed for more than 30 years by Yamaha, enables the acoustic pianos of the Japanese brand to perfectly record and reproduce the performance of the pianist, exploiting a large catalog of scores and recordings, or starting from a simple MIDI track, reproducing also the movement of the pedals and the keys, and all the sound undertones, also enabling the pianist to accompany himself or to play a piano from the other side of the World.

The participants of the contest must submit an unreleased piece, that will be played live by the Yamaha Disklavier piano. The international jury, composed of Claudio Ambrosini, Cristian Carrara, Emanuele Casale, Michael Nyman (President), Cesare Picco and Kevin Putswill select the pieces that will go through to the final, taking place at Cremona Musica on 27 September. On this occasion the jury will elect the winner, who will receive a prize of Euro 5,000. In addition, Casa Musicale Sonzogno will publish the winning piece, inserting the title in its catalog and reserves the right to publish also one or more finalist pieces.

The contest is open to all musicians, over 18 years of age, from Italy, without any further limit of qualification.

The prize for the “audience award”, is Euro 2,000 (gross of withholding taxes). Thanks to the Disklavier technology, every score will be played and judged by listening, and every performance will be recorded in high quality and published on the channels of Disklavier Composers  with the name of the author. In this way, every composer will have the opportunity to listen to his or her own work and to share it with the rest of the world. The author of the video that will get the most “likes” on the Youtube channel will win the “audience award”.

Click here, discover Disklavier Composers Contest rules and regulations [pdf] 

For further information: disklaviercompetition@cremonamusica.com

The greeting of jury members

Kevin Puts

Cesare Picco

Claudio Ambrosini

Cristian Carrara

Emanuele Casale

The finalists of the Disklavier Composers Contest 2020 are:

Marta Caldara

Alessio Manega

Guglielmo Prati

Guido Sacco

Ardavan Vossoughi

The winner of Disklavier Composers Contest 2020 is:

Ardavan Vossoughi

The winner of the audience award is:

Rossella Esposito