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The Società Umanitaria of Milano will hold a competition for students from the schools listed below.
This competition is intended for regular students enrolled in the 2022/2023 Academic Year.
Each country is represented by two institutions.
Each of them may select up to 5 candidates maximum, both soloists and/or chamber ensemble with a maximum of 4 members.
The Institutes of those countries where there is only one Higher Music Education Academy, may select up to 10 candidates. 
The competition is open to all kind of instruments.
A special invitation to take part in the Competition will be issued to the winners of the Chicago International Music Competition, USA.



  • An application form for each candidate, must be completed by May12, 2023
  • The form will be available on the Società Umanitaria website from February 13, 2023


  • The candidate's programme is free, with the exception of transcriptions of compositions for soloist and orchestra not included in the usual performance practice of a recital
  • The performance duration must be at least 45 minutes and not exceed 50 minutes.


The competition is divided into a Preliminary, Semi-final and a Final round.

  • For the Final round, the Società Umanitaria will provide the piano, the harpsichord and the harp. Piano accompanists will also be available.
  • Società Umanitaria will take it upon itself the accommodation of the candidates.

PRELIMINARY ROUND – On line – Application by May 12, 2023

The Preliminary round will be completely online. Each candidate will submit two videos: one with a self-presentation with a duration of no more than two minutes, and another with a duration between 18 and 22 minutes. The latter video will contain parts, at the candidate’s choice, of the presented programme.

SEMI-FINAL – In presence at the Società Umanitaria – October 2-3 2023

No more than 25 contestants will be admitted to the Semi-final round.
During this round, candidates are required to perform a selection from their chosen repertoire. Candidates' performance times will be indicated in the schedule set by the Società Umanitaria. These will be sent via e-mail and published on the website on or before June 30, 2023.

 FINAL – In presence at the Società Umanitaria - October 4-5, 2023

No more than 10 candidates will be selected for the Final round.
During this round, candidates are required to perform the entire competition programme presented in the application according to the schedule set by the Jury.


  • First prize
euro 7000,00​
  • Second prize
euro 5000,00
  • Third prize
euro 3000,00
  • Concerts offered by the Società Umanitaria in its Concert Season

The three winners will perform a recital at the Award Ceremony on October 6, 2023 at 8.00 p.m. at the Sala Verdi of the Conservatory of Milan. The winners’ recital will be recorded and released on-line by the Società Umanitaria. Prize are contingent on the winning contestant’s participation in the winners’ concert and recording. Failure to participate will result in the forfeiting of prize money.