Rules Edition 2021

Fifth Edition ON-LINE (DANTE 700)

San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy
1st October – 14th November 2021

Art. 1 – The “Sulle Note” Music Association supported by San Benedetto del Tronto Town Hall (ITALY), organizes the fifth edition of the International Piano Competition “La Palma D’Oro” from 1st of October to 14th of November and entirely on a digital platform.

Art. 2 – The event is open to all citizens, both Italian and Foregneirs.

Art. 3 – The main purpose of the Competition is to promote the culture of music and to encourage young people to study and play piano, especially in this moment of serious difficulty due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Art. 4 – By entering the Competition you agree and conform to the present guidelines.

Art. 5 – The Competitors by subscribing to the Association “Sulle Note” (according to article 97 of copyright law) authorizes the recording of his/her image, voice and any declaration given through the broadcasting by all media: Radio, TV, Cinema, Photography, Internet, Youtube, Facebook, Websites etc. Nevertheless to publish and issue them through any paper means: magazines, books, leaflets and any other paper promotional support of the Association and to show his/her image during exibitions, workshops, conferences for any future events.

Art. 6 – The Competitors can’t forward any request of money regarding any possible audio or video recording performance transmitted during the competition.

Art. 7 – According to the article 10 of law nr. 675/96 on “protection of personal data” we inform you that any given data at the moment of subscription will be only used for purposes regarding communications relative to the Competition, any other purpose is to be excluded.

Art. 8 – The organization reserves the right to make changes or additions to this announcement.

Art. 9 – In case of dispute or claim, only the Italian version of the Competition Regulations will be considered valid. Any dispute will be settled by the Court of Ascoli Piceno, Italy.


Art. 10 – The International Piano Competition “La Palma d’Oro” is in one category (from 16 to 36 years of age) and it’s divided into 2 rounds on Video:
   –Preliminary round: “Après une lecture de Dante” – Fantasia quasi sonata, S161 by Franz Liszt (compulsory piece for the anniversary of the 700 years since the Dante Alighieri’s death)
    -FINAL round: A free choice program (maximum duration 35 minutes). It’s not allowed to repeat the same piece of the Preliminary round.

Art. 11 – Up to 10 competitors will be admitted to the Final round.

Art. 12 – Competitors are not obliged to play by heart. Any changes of the original won’t be admitted unless they have been made by the author himself.

Art. 13 – The passage from the Preliminary round will be upheld with a YES or a NO by the majority of the members of the jury, while in the final round the competitors will be judged with votes from 1 to 5 from each member of the jury.

Art. 14 – The results of the on-line Preliminary round will be announced by 17th October. The winners of the competition will be announced by 14th November.


Art.15 – The Video recordings must to be recent, in a good quality and sent through a YouTube link or by WeTransfer. The face, hands and pedals must be clearly visible. No audio/video editing is permitted during the same piece. In the same link of the Final round Video it is possible to include pieces recorded in different moments.


Art.16 – Dates to remember:

1st October – Application deadline with the Preliminary round Video.
17th October – Announcement of the finalists
1st November – deadline to submit the Video for the Final Round
14th November – Announcement of the Prizewinners
The competition calendar may be subjected to changes.


Art. 17 – The jury will be composed by well-known professors, italian and foreigner pianists, promoters and musical reviewers. Chairman of this fifth edition of the “La Palma d’Oro” Piano Competition will be Maestro BORIS BLOCH.

Art. 18 – The jury has the authority to not assign prizes to all those competitors considered not sufficiently suitable, moreover it can decide to bestow ex-aequo prizes except from absolute first prize.

Art. 19 – If a component of the jury is next to kin or has had any educational relations during the past two years with one or more Competitors, he will have to abstain from any discussion or evaluation.

Art. 20 – The Jury’s decision is final and may not be appealed.


Art. 21 – International Piano Competition “LA PALMA D’ORO”

1st Prize…………… € 3,000,00
2nd Prize…………….. € 800,00
3rd Prize……………….€ 400,00

Lazar Berman’s Prize of €300 for the best performance of the “Dante Sonata” by Liszt in the Preliminary Round.

The scholarship of the first prize of the Piano Competition “La Palma d’Oro” has been kindly offered by the generous contribution of the Cannelli Family.
All the winners will receive their money prizes by bank transfer.


Art. 22 – The competitors will have to send the Preliminary Round Video by October 1st 2021 toghether with the duly completed application form in the website
A receipt of payment must be attached to the application form. The artistic director has the right to accept or refuse any application arriving after the deadline.


Art.23 – International Piano Competition “La Palma d’oro” € 80,00
Payment must be made by bank transfer, stating the name and surname of the candidate.

Banca Intesa San Paolo – San Benedetto del Tronto branch
IBAN: IT83B0306924405100000008003
Swift code: BCITITMM