Maria Grazia Rossi Vimercati

“Con l’andare degli anni sai quel che devi chiedere alle mani”

Maurizio Pollini

Some people love playing the piano so much that they would like to dedicate their lives to the study of this wonderful and complete musical instrument, which is capable of eliciting a thousand different and powerful emotions. Unfortunately life can sometimes lead them to a different career path. In light of the success of the 2012 National Piano Competition for Players over 50, Piano Lovers started to organize International piano competitions dedicated to these people, pianists by passion if not by vocation, and for the first time targeted at pianists over 40 years old, including octogenarians.

It is from this idea that all started, and we do not want to forget the spirit of the beginning. We do not want to forget the desire to listen. This desire has characterized immediately as human adventure almost more than music, and with renewed enthusiasm we start the second edition of our competition for amateur pianists with more than 40 years. We are in the 7th edition, and after last year’s success and the many replication requests, we decided to kick-start the adventure. From my passionate inspiration came to life an incredible and almost unexpected flood of words, sounds, emotions, desire for confrontation and especially the will to play, beyond all limits, prejudice, and fear. The strength of a true passion, one for the piano, encouraged us beyond all expectations and allowed us to meet some wonderful hidden talents.

Thanks to them, we were able to organize an event with a high level of artistry. We welcomed enthusiasts pianists who challenged themselves and have seized with great intelligence and humor the valuable opportunity to perform in public.

We never forget our “convivial” mood and. At the same time, We know now for certain that no professional does not mean “amateur” in the sense of the term demeaning. “Amateurs” is someone who loves, loves totally unlimited.

We wait for you, confident that our competition will be a musical and human adventure with many expectations.

Maria Grazia Rossi Vimercati

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2012 First Edition

The first edition of the competition was dedicated to over 50s and took place entirely at Casa Verdi.

2014 Edition

The first edition open to over 40s and international. The Gala and Award Ceremony evening is organized in the Sala Puccini of the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan and the auditions remain at Casa Verdi.

2015 Edition

Second edition open to over 40s and international. The locations remain the same as in 2014.

2016 Edition

The Gala and Award Ceremony evening moves to the Filodrammatici Theater.

2017 Edition

The Gala and Award Ceremony evening moves to the San Fedele Auditorium and the Absolute First Prize wins the opportunity to play a concert with orchestra during the following year. Also in 2017 we begin to participate in Piano City Milano, a participation that will be renewed every year.

2018 Edition

The locations remain Casa Verdi for the auditions and the San Fedele Auditorium for the Gala evening. The number of foreign competitors increases considerably.

2019 2019

We are growing and for the auditions we move to the Ambrosianeum, in the center of Milan. The location for the Gala evening remains the San Fedele auditorium. The competition is a pole of attraction for international competitors.

They come not only from Europe, but also from Japan, USA and Brazil. In September the tradition of the Recital starts with some of the Absolute First Prizes of the past years taking part.