Disklavier Composers Contest 2019

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

Cremona Musica and Yamaha Music Europe – Branch Italy are proud to introduce the first 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 29 September, will receive a Yamaha U1 Disklavier Enspire ST piano.

The aim of Cremona Musica is not just the organization of its exhibition, scheduled between 27 and 29 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 Paolo Buonvino, Carlo Boccadoro, Stuart Isacoff, Gwilym Simcock and Fabio Vacchi, will select the pieces that will go through to the final, taking place at Cremona Musica on 29 September. On this occasion the jury will elect the winner, who will receive a Yamaha U1 Disklavier Enspire ST piano. Each finalist will also have his/her work published by Curci. The contest is open to all musicians, over 18 years of age, from all around the world, without any further limit of age or qualification.

The prize for the “audience award”, is a Yamaha Clavinova CLP 685 piano. Thanks to the Disklavier technology, for the first time in a composition contest, 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] and join the contest!

For further information: disklaviercompetition@cremonamusica.com

The winner of the Disklavier Composers Contest 2019 is Zvonimir Nagy

The winner of the Public Prize is Matteo Cocca


Alberto Alassio

Marco Capicchioni

Andrea Montalbano

Giovanni Sparano

Nagy Zvonimir