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Cancellation 2020 edition

Following the spread of Coronavirus and emergency guidelines to stem the epidemic in Italy and around the world, the Artistic Committee of the Verona International Piano Competition has decided to cancel the 9 edition of the Competition which should have been held from 7 to 10 October 2020.
Uncertainty about the trend of the epidemic, together with the concern of not being able to guarantee the highest personal safety standards to all competitors, has forced the ethical choice to postpone this appointment until 2021.
In the certainty that we will find ourselves with even more enthusiasm to celebrate the exit from this dramatic situation, with the great Music of Art, and together a new rebirth, we want to send a sincere wish to everyone, especially to those people who are fighting against disease.
At the same time, we extend our most sincere thanks to all the entities, institutions, sponsors and friends who support us.

The Artistic Director
M° Roberto Pegoraro

Verona International Piano Competition, born on 2011 to commemorate Franz Liszt on the bicentennial of his birth, has to thank the constructive and essential support given by late great pianist Aldo Ciccolini, who has been appointed honorary president.

Since its inception, VIPC is the point of reference among the international piano awards: on 2012, in fact, this competition was accepted as a formal member of "Alink-Argerich Foundation" and today gets to its credit prestigious collaborations with Italian and international music institutions.

Besides, VIPC has rewarded young pianists, that today they are placed into the international concert chains, as Elizaveta Ivanova - Russia (2011), Mamikon Nakhapetov - Georgia (2012), Yoonhee Yang - South Korea (2013), Evgeny Brakhman - Russia (2014), Jin-Hyeon Lee - South Korea and Florian Mitrea - Romania (2016) and Vasyl Kotys (2017).

This competition is characterized by the severity of the judgment of the Commissions, which they show transparent voting and always opened to dialogue with whole members.

I remember the Chairmans by the Jury of the past editions: Roberto Cappello (Italy), Leslie Howard (England), Francois-Joel Thiollier (France) and Boris Bloch (Ukraine).

The friendly atmosphere that is possible to "breathe" in VIPC helps to get opportunities for comparison, communication, solidarity and friendship among the candidates: more than seven hundred young pianists, coming from more than thirty countries, who up to now have chosen Verona as stage of their artistic practice, excited about the experience and the efficient organization.

I have to thank the members of the Honorary Committee, the Boards of Examiners, the public and private sponsors, the organization and all those which help in a decisive way Verona International Piano Competition.

Roberto Pegoraro
Artistic Director

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