Art. 1 – In memory of Dr. Enrico Mercatali, a Guitarist who played for many years with the Gorizia Guitar Orchestra, the social-promotion association “Centro Chitarristico Mauro Giuliani” establishes and organizes the 15th Altamira Gorizia Guitar Competition – Enrico Mercatali Prize. This competition, meant to promote and develop the musical art, is open to all performers of both sexes and all nationalities.
Art. 2 – The competition will take place at Palazzo de Grazia in Gorizia (address: via Guglielmo Oberdan 15, Gorizia, Italy) from 11 to 13 May 2018 and will consist of the following categories:
1st category: soloists born in 2007 and after;
2nd category: soloists born in 2004 and after;
3rd category: soloists born in 2001 and after;
4th category: soloists born in 1998 and after;
5th category: chamber music for young competitors. Guitar duo, trio, quartet and ensemble; guitar with other instrument/s. The average age of the components of the groups should not exceed 18 years old.
6th category (The Enrico Mercatali Prize): soloists with no age limit;
7th category: chamber music with no age limit: guitar duo, trio, quartet and ensemble; guitar with other instrument/s.
Art. 3 – Within 7 days after the deadline the auditions schedule and the address of the competition halls will be published on the website www.ccmg.it/concorso. Winners are obliged to participate in the awarding ceremony and in the final concert, otherwise the prize will not be awarded.
Art. 4 – Inscription fees and instructions for application. For the participation in the competition, the following entry fees, non-refundable, are required:
Categories 1st through 4th: € 45;
Category 5th: € 35 per head – € 230 per ensemble with 7 or more musicians;
Category 6th: € 55;
Category 7th: € 55 per head – € 330 per ensemble with 6 or more musicians.
Application deadline is 26 April 2018. Applications must be submitted no later than the deadline in one of the following ways:
Online application form available on the Competition website (www.ccmg.it/concorso);
Fax (number: +39.0481.1990289);
E-mail (address: email@example.com)
Should you have any problem applying with the above methods, please contact the organization committee.
The following must be enclosed in the applications sent via fax or e-mail. Any incomplete application will be disqualified:
application form (please fill in the form enclosed to the brochure or downloaded from the competition website);
Copy of a valid identification document;
Copy of the payment receipt of the registration fee.
Payment must be made in Euro currency by one of the following means:
Online payment through the Competition’s website with credit/debit card (www.ccmg.it/concorso);
wire transfer. You may wish to instruct your bank to make payment direct to the following bank account:
Account Name: Centro chitarristico Mauro Giuliani
Bank Name: BANCO BPM
IBAN: IT82K0503412300000000006045 – BIC: BAPPIT21075;
Please, write the following in the reason for payment: surname, name, category of the competitor and 15 Altamira (example: Brown John, CAT 6, 15 Altamira).
Competitors can apply to more than one category; in such case, registration and payment of the relevant fees should be repeated for each category in which they intend to participate.
We require all international transfers to us made outside SEPA Area to be made with the OUR instruction. Further information can be asked to your local bank.
Art. 5 – The competitors agree straightaway:
to be photographed, audio recorded and/or filmed during the competition or during the winners’ concerts, waiving expressly any right, even economic, concerning such photos, films and recordings;
to a possible spreading and use of this photos and performances carried out during the competition or the winners’ concerts using any media.
In addition, competitors will not be entitled to request any economic or other claims for the performances in the winners’ concerts.
Art. 6 – Program.
1st category: free program of the maximum duration of 5 minutes.
2nd category: free program of the maximum duration of 8 minutes.
3rd category: free program of the maximum duration of 12 minutes.
4th category: The 4th category will consist of a preliminary round and a final round (a composition already played during the first round may not be repeated in the second round).
Preliminary round: free program of the maximum duration of 10 minutes.
Final round: free program of the maximum duration of 15 minutes.
5th category: free program of the maximum duration of 12 minutes.
6th category: The 6th category will consist of a preliminary round and a final round (a composition already played during the first round may not be repeated in the second round).
Preliminary round: free program of the maximum duration of 15 minutes.
Final round: free program of the maximum duration of 20 minutes.
The five competitors with the highest score in the preliminary round will be admitted to the final round.
The 6th category preliminary rounds will be entirely filmed and/or audio recorded. Taking into consideration that the above mentioned rounds will take place during the course of more than one day, the judging commission is entitled to listen to the recordings of the competitors’ auditions in order to facilitate the selection process of the five finalists.
7th category: free program of the maximum duration of 20 minutes.
For all categories, the program may be performed both by memory or by reading music sheets
Art. 7 – There will be a single round of competition, except for the 4th and 6th categories. The judging commission, composed of musicians of evident musical competence, may interrupt the performance at any time if maximum time limits are exceeded.
When a competitor under examination is found to be student of a member of the Jury, that juror will be excluded from discussing and voting that performance. The score of this juror will be defined by the Competition secretary office as the arithmetical average of the scores given by the other jurors to that competitor.
Art. 8 – The verdict and all the decisions of the jury are unquestionable and final.
Art. 9a – The commission reserves the right not to assign any prize whenever the artistic level of the performances is considered inadequate, or to assign an equal classification based on ex-æquo results. Ex-æquo prizes will be equally divided among the winners. Ex-æquo will not be available for the following prizes: “First absolute special prize” of categories 1st, 2nd and 3rd; 1st prize of categories 4th, 5th, 6th (the Mercatali Prize) and 7th: those prizes will not be divisible.
Art. 9b – The scoring of the examining commission for categories 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be expressed in hundredths as follows:
first place: score from 91 to 100;
second place: score from 81 to 90;
third place: score from 70 to 80.
The competitor who achieves the best score among the first classifieds (91-100 points) will be the winner of the “first absolute special prize”.
Art. 10 – The auditions will take place in Gorizia city from 11 to 13 May 2018.
The final rounds will take place with the following schedule:
4th category: Saturday 12 May 2018 at 19 CET;
6th category: Sunday 13 May 2018 at 20:30 CET.
The awarding ceremonies and the winners’ concerts will take place at the end of every competition day. The programme and schedule of the award ceremonies will be published on the website www.ccmg.it/concorso.
Before the performance the competitors will be required to produce a copy of the score of the compositions chosen for the examination and to show some valid identity document to the Jury.
All auditions and concerts will be open to the public.
Art. 11 – Prizes.
First absolute special prize: € 100; Altamira Guitar mod. basic; D’Addario prize; cup and diploma;
First place: gold medal and diploma; D’Addario prize;
Second place: silver medal and diploma; Savarez prize;
Third place: bronze medal and diploma; Aquila Prize;
The youngest competitor of this category will be rewarded with a plate offered by the “Centro Chitarristico Mauro Giuliani” and an educational prize.
First absolute special prize: € 200; Altamira Guitar N. 200; D’Addario prize; cup and diploma;
First place: gold medal and diploma; Savarez prize
Second place: silver medal and diploma; D’Addario prize
Third place: bronze medal and diploma. Aquila Prize
First absolute special prize: € 300; Altamira Guitar N.300; D’Addario prize; cup and diploma;
First place: gold medal and diploma; Aquila Prize.
Second place: silver medal and diploma; D’Addario prize.
Third place: bronze medal and diploma. Savarez prize.
1st prize: € 300; Altamira Guitar N.400; two concerts: I) Festival Mercatali 2019, II), 4th International Valle-Bale Competition (Croatia, July 2018); D’Addario prize; cup and diploma;
2nd prize: € 200; Aquila prize; cup and diploma;
3rd prize: € 100; Savarez prize; cup and diploma.;
AUDIENCE AWARD: the Audience Award is the only award that will be decided through a public vote. The public attending the final round will be asked to vote with a paper ballot for their favorite finalist. The winner of the Audience Award will be rewarded with a plate and an educational prize.
1st prize: € 300; one cup. Diploma and medal to each competitor; D’Addario prize to each competitor;
2nd prize: € 200; one cup. Diploma and medal to each competitor;
3rd prize: € 100; one cup. Diploma and medal to each competitor.
The Enrico Mercatali Prize (1st prize): € 3.000; Altamira Guitar concert mod.1 (valore € 4.000); the “Mauro Giuliani” medal (specially coined only for the Enrico Mercatali Prize winner); cup; diploma; five concerts: I) International Guitar Festival “Mercatali 2019″ [Gorizia – Italy], II) “Sei corde d’autunno” Festival [Camposampiero, Padova – Italy], III) “Musica a quattro stele 2018” Festival [Grado, Gorizia – Italy], Iv) concert and jury at the 4th International Valle-Bale Competition (Croatia, July 2018); V) Concert season “Note in Città 2018” – Gorizia.
Recording a CD containing a composition by Cristina Cristancig written and dedicated to the winner of the Mercatali Competition 2018. The piece with the enclosed CD will be published by Sinfonica Edizioni.
2nd prize: € 1.500, cup and diploma;
3rd prize: € 1.000, cup and diploma;
4th prize: € 500, cup and diploma;
5th prize: € 300, cup and diploma;
AUDIENCE AWARD (Stefano Robol liuter prize): the Audience Award is the only award that will be decided through a public vote. The public attending the final round will be asked to vote with a paper ballot for their favorite finalist. The winner of the Audience Award will rewarded with a plate and a hand-made concert guitar by luthier Stefano Robol (value € 3300);
The competitor with the place of residence in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region with the highest score will be rewarded with a plate.
1st prize: One € 2.000, one cup. One concert during the concert season “Note in città 2018” by Centro Chitarristico Mauro Giuliani – Gorizia. Diploma and medal to each competitor;
2nd prize: One € 1.000, one cup. Diploma and medal to each competitor;
3rd prize: One € 500, one cup. Diploma and medal to each competitor.
“Scuola Virtuosa” prize: a plate of honour will be awarded to the Music School with the largest number of competitors.
Teacher’s prize: a diploma of honour and a nomination to be a juror in the next edition of the Competition will be awarded to the teacher with the largest number of competitors.
Art. 12 – The organization reserves the right to modify these terms and conditions publishing the possible changes in the Internet under the address: www.ccmg.it/concorso
Art. 14 – Admission to the competition takes place once the validity and the conformity of the documents that the Organizing Committee requires has been verified.
By signing the application form or by submitting the online application form through the www.ccmg.it/concorso website, each candidate agrees to accept these regulations and to resign all rights related to possible audio and video recordings, as specified in art. 12.
Art. 15 – All legal controversies will be settled in the Court of Gorizia.
For further information regarding the event and the payment methods, please contact the Competition secretary’s office.
The present competition is part of the 15th Gorizia International Classical Guitar Festival “Progetto Mercatali” and includes concerts, conferences, exhibitions and other events on the classical guitar world.