After winning the NIER prize (€ 1 000) for best performance of the commissioned composition Corren los soles by Alex Nante last Thursday, the 20-years-old Bulgarian Georgi Dimitrov-Jojo also grabbed first Prize (€ 12 000) at the cciMB 2021 guitar competition with his stunning performance of the Concerto No. 1 in Re by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco last night at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Runner-up 27-years-old Luka Lovreković from Croatia, who performed the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo, took home the second prize (€ 5 000), while Agustín Nazzetta, 31 years old from Argentina, who also performed the Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco concert, was awarded third Prize (€ 3 000). Corren los soles was also performed as a solo piece by all finalists. Congratulations to all of you! We would like to thank all the wonderful guitarists who participated in the competition and hope that they had a good time in Bologna to “meet, exchange, perform and learn”.

 

Photo by Elías Abraham Fóscolo

Back row, from left to right: Agustín Nazzetta, Luka Lovreković, Alex Nante and  Georgi Dimitrov-Jojo

Front: Nadia Guth Biasini

In less than three weeks, the 5th International Guitar Competition Maurizio Biasini – cciMB & Festival (27 September - 2 October, 2021) will kick off in Bologna with the opening concert at the G.B. Martini Conservatory featuring guitar duo Agnès & Gérard Abiton, guitarist Marco Vinicio Carnicelli and guitar quartet Opera Nova. We can’t wait to welcome the cciMB2020/2021 semifinalists to Bologna, after a 1 year wait due to the COVID19 pandemic. A total prize money of  € 20 000  is at stake and for the winner an invitation to perform a recital in Basel, Switzerland (Rising Stars series of the Allgemeine Musikgesellschaft Basel) as well as concerts in Italy (Bologna), France (Paris) and other countries. In addition, a special prize of € 1 000, offered by NIER Ingegneria, will be awarded for the best performance of the commissioned composition Corren los Soles by Alex Nante. Besides the competition, the cciMB 2021 Festival offers a rich program of concerts and events, held in various historical locations of the town, like the elegant Galleria Vidoniana of the Collezione Comunale d’Art, the San Colombano Museum and the 18th century Teatro Comunale di Bologna, which will host the Final round on 2 October (19:00). Check out the Festival program here.

The winners of the GUITAR 2020 video competition are: 1st Prize - Marius Schnurr (Germany), 2nd Prize - Lorenzo Reggiani (Switzerland), and 3rd Prize -  Marie Sans together with Alice Letort (France). Launched during the COVID19 pandemic, the GUITAR 2020 video competition has provided a platform for our semifinalists to express themselves freely, unbound by expectations, showing their personal vision on music and the classical guitar. We were thrilled to receive 13 beautiful and interesting video entries (involving 14 semifinalists), all made with great care and showing an enormous variety in styles and approaches. This made it especially hard to come to a decision for our cciMB Jury, which was joined for the occasion by the independent filmmaker and author Fred van der Kooij. We would like to thank all the participants for the time and effort they put into preparing their videos. The winning videos will be visible exclusively through our website here up to 31 March 2021, while each of the other submitted videos will be presented over the coming months.

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 From left to right: Marius Schnurr, Lorenzo Reggiani, and Marie Sans.

The coronavirus pandemic put a halt to the 5th cciMB competition in Bologna this year, with the semifinal and final round now being postponed to 27/28 Sep – 2 October 2021. To overcome the rather long period of time to the fall of 2021, the cciMB has launched an intermediate creative online video contest open to all cciMB 2020 semifinalists. With the theme GUITAR 2020, participants are free to explore their vision of the classical guitar in a 3 – 8 min long video. A total of € 3 000.- extra prize money will be awarded for the three most original, artistic, and interesting videos, which will be published exclusively by the Biasini Competition for 3 months (Jan - March 2021). More details can be found here.

After a careful evaluation, keeping in mind our priority of guaranteeing the safety of all our competitors and staff from exposure to the new coronavirus during travel as well as during the many social and musical events of the competition, the Association cciMB has decided to RESCHEDULE the continuation (semifinal and final round) of the cciMB 2020 to 27/28 Sep – 2 October 2021in Bologna. This will be exactly 10 years after our first edition in Bologna in October 2011, so we are foreseeing to develop and present a special event. The program of the semifinal and final round, with orchestra at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna on 2 October 2021, will remain UNCHANGED.

We are pleased to announce the semifinalists of the cciMB 2020 (click HERE to see who they are)! The international Jury had a hard time to make a selection out of the numerous excellent performances. We would like to thank all participants for their hard work in preparing the videos.

The next stage of the competition (semifinal and final round)  has been postponed to 27/28 Sep – 2 October 2021 in Bologna. Stay tuned for more information.

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Taking into consideration the difficulties some participants may encounter in recording their video for the preliminary round, due to travel restrictions imposed in certain countries to slow down the spread of COVID-19, the cciMB 2020 organizing committee has decided to postpone the deadline of application to May 17th, 2020. Competitors selected for the semi-final round will be notified by electronic mail by the beginning of June. Stay tuned for any further updates.

We are delighted to have received 50 applications for the 5th International Guitar Competition Maurizio Biasini - cciMB. Between 18 and 35 years old, these guitarists represent 16 European and extra-European countries: Argentina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. We would like to thank all participants for preparing their video recording, sometimes under difficult circumstances due to the lockdown measures imposed in many parts of the world. The Jury, already at work to watch all the performances, is expected to announce the semifinalists on July 3rd.

FIND OUT HERE WHO THE PARTICIPANTS ARE.

The cciMB 2020 commissioned composition, Corren los soles (2019) by Alex Nante, is now available to participants upon completing their registration. The new piece, dedicated to the guitarist Antoliano Rojas, Nante’s first maestro, will be premiered at the cciMB 2020 final round concert. Alex Nante is one of the most recognized young Argentinian composers, winner of four first prizes in orchestral composition. Most recently, he was awarded second prize at the Basel Composition Competition 2019 for his orchestral work Helles Bild.  
 
Results cciMB 2018: second prize to both Omar Nicho and Jin-Hee Kim (Euro 5000.- each), third Prize to Fabian Cardozo (Euro 3000.-), first Prize not awarded. The Savarez Special Prize (Euro 1000.-) went to Omar Nicho for best performance of the cciMB 2016 commissioned composition Imbricatta by Sérgio Assad. All finalist also received a Savarez gift box.
Photo from left to right: Omar Nicho (Peru), Nadia Guth Biasini (President, Association cciMB), Jin-Hee Kim (South Korea) and Fabian Cardozo (Argentina)
Photo by Elias Abraham Foscolo
 
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