Disklavier Composers Contest

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

- Third Edition -

Cremona Musica and Yamaha Music Europe – Branch Italy are proud to introduce the third 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 will take place at Cremona Musica, on September 26th, will receive Euro 5,000 (gross of withholding taxes) 

The aim of Cremona Musica is not just the organization of its exhibition, scheduled between 24 and 26 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 Richard Danielpour (President), Francesco Filidei, Betty Olivero, Enrico Pieranunzi and Geoff Westleywill select the pieces that will go through to the final, taking place at Cremona Musica on 26 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 Europe (see the regulations for the Countries list), 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] 

Click here, download and fill in the self-declaration affidavit form [pdf] 

For further information: disklaviercompetition@cremonamusica.com

The winner of Disklavier Composers Contest 2021 is
Francisco Pulpillo Chiciana

The winner of Disklavier Composers Contest 2021 Audience Award is
Giordano Fiorini

The Finalists of the Disklavier Composers Contest 2021

We are pleased to announce the finalists of the Disklavier Composers Contest 2021. The jury (Richard Danielpour, Francesco Filidei, Betty Olivero, Enrico Pieranunzi and Geoff Westley) completed the voting for the 46 compositions. Each juror assigned a score from 1 to 5 to each composition. The regulation provides that the five pieces with the highest sum of the marks pass to the final stage. Since some compositions have obtained the same sum of votes, the organizing committee has decided to admit to the final 6 compositions, which are here listed in alphabetical order by author:

  • Athinodorou Christina: Fissures en Filigrane
  • Capicchioni Marco: Studio n° 12 “Ee Blues”
  • Iannuzzi Foti Roberto: Das Wohltemperierte Disklavier
  • Nurbeyler Emre: NeoCapriccio in ‘Aksak’ Meter
  • Pulpillo Chiciana Francisco: Toccata for Disklavier
  • Speranza Mariano: Ancient Celebration of Charalqueta Hill


The six compositions will be performed “live” by the Yamaha Disklavier piano in the final phase of the Disklavier Composers Contest, in Cremona Musica (Sala Stradivari) on September 26th.