Registration Requirements 2020


The competition is open to solo guitarists of all nationalities, born after 1 January 1985, who are at the outset of their career. Please review the Rules and Regulations (Art. 5) before submitting your video (preliminary round).


> Preliminary round

An unedited web-hosted video recording of an individual program of 18 - 22 min which must include one piece from each of the following groups:

Group 1.

J.S. Bach        one Preludeor one Fugue (BWV 995, 996, 997, 998, 1000, 1003, 1005). *Prelude-Presto in case of BWV 995 and 996

J. Dowland     one of the Fantasies


Group 2.

M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco     one movement of the Sonata Omaggio a Boccherini or one Capricho de Goya chosen among no. 1, 2, 6, 12,16,18, or 24

H. Villa-Lobos                       one Estudio chosen among no. 7, 10 or 11


> Semifinal round

An individual program of up to max. 25 minutes which must include 

  • the commissioned composition by Alex Nante (8 minutes), available to participants after completing their application
  • one major work or major part of a work of one of the following composers (min. 7 minutes, max. 15 minutes):

19th century

D. Aguado ,M. Giuliani, J. K. Mertz, G. Regondi, F. Sor                       


20th century neo-romantic

M. Llobet, M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco, A. José, M. M. Ponce, J. Rodrigo                                           

20th century contemporary

L. Berio, B. Britten, L. Brouwer, E. Carter, G. F. Ghedini, A. Ginastera, H. W. Henze, T. Murail, M. Ohana, T. Takemitsu   


The program must include compositions of at least two different stylistic periods. Pieces played in the preliminary round may not be repeated. 


> Final round

The final round program includes two pieces:

  • the commissioned composition by Alex Nante (8 minutes)
  • one of the following concertos for guitar and orchestra:

          M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco        Concerto n°1 in Re, Op.99 (1939)

          L. Rodrigo                                 Concierto de Aranjuez (1939)

          M. Arnold                                  Guitar Concerto, Op. 67 (1959)

We recommend preparing also a free choice piece for a possible encore.

Pieces played in the preceding rounds may not be repeated. All solo pieces must be played entirely from memory. Due to the ever-changing COVID situation, and the extra challenges we are encountering in producing this year’s Biasini competition, the Jury has decided to allow semifinalists to play the commissioned composition Corren los Soles by Alex Nante from the score, if they wish. The Jury’s evaluation will be solely based on the performance of the piece, regardless of whether it is played from memory or reading the score.

Each finalist will have at least 60 minutes rehearsal time with orchestra on the day of the final or on the preceding day.



Applications including the video of the preliminary round must be sent before March 31, 2020. For further information please review the complete Rules and Regulations. THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO MAY 17, 2020.

The competition will take place at the Museo internazionale e biblioteca della musica di Bologna, Strada Maggiore, 34, 40125 Bologna, Italy.