“Il Piccolo Violino Magico” International Competition for young violinists

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07/07/2021 - 11/07/2021
San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy
Symphonic strings | Violin

** Due to the epidemiological situation in the world “Il Piccolo Violino Magico” International Competition for young violinists July’s edition is postponed for 2021. **

These are the main ingredients which make this competition a great opportunity given to the new generation to get known and to move its first steps of a brilliant career. Through an extensive promotion into the network of the many Italian music schools and conservatories and of the most important European and world musical institutions, “Il Piccolo Violino Magico” aims to become a model of an healthy, positive, top-level musical contest for young artists, offering them the great opportunity to perform accompanied by orchestra during the competition rounds.



Accademia d’archi Arrigoni


The participants should be aged up to 14 years old.
The competition has 2 rounds.


Every  year

Next deadline



The application fee is 100 € (not refundable)

The application process will be done completely online through registration form.

Information 2021 edition:


The pre-selection round will take place after 15 April 2021. The jury, composed by musicians and teachers, co-ordinated by Pavel Vernikov and Domenico Mason, will evaluate applicants’ performances by examining the videos sent by the candidates. The videos should be sent on YouTube, Vimeo etc. (public or private way). Once the jury will have evaluated all the recorded performances, it will select the fincompetitors, who will be contacted by 30 April 2021.


The final round, which is organized into three Rounds, will take place in San Vito al Tagliamento (Pordenone) from 7 to 11 July 2021. The jury will be chaired by Pavel Vernikov and composed by musicians of international prestige.During the first two Rounds of the final, the competitors will be accompanied by the Accademia d’Archi Arrigoni.


• The 1st prize winners of the previous editions will not be allowed to participate.
• The admitted candidates must confirm their participation by 5th May 2021 sending an e-mail to info@ilpiccoloviolinomagico.it
• Candidates are not allowed to change to the program submitted.
• All the competitors must attend the events organized during the days of the Competition.
• The winners of the competition are due to perform at one or more concerts of Accademia d’Archi Arrigoni’s winter season 2021/22.
• Documents requested: see application form on www.ilpiccoloviolinomagico.it
• The Direction reserves the right to record, use and own the images of the Competition. Moreover, it has the exclusive right to share the information about candidates for promotional purpose.
• Jury’s decisions are final and irrevocable.
• The organization provides host family accommodation for the competitor and one adult companion, if requested by 15 May 2021.



a. two violin Studies or Caprices for Solo Violin (such as J.P. Rode, F. Fiorillo, J. Dont, R. Kreutzer, N. Paganini, H. Wieniawski, H. Vieuxtemps or others).

b. one virtuoso piece for violin and piano (max duration 12 min.) to be chosen from the candidate.

FINAL round:

Repertoire for the FIRST ROUND (Violin and String Orchestra)

a. One concerto for violin and orchestra, to be chosen from the following works:

• A. Vivaldi “La Primavera” (op. 8, no.1) • A. Vivaldi “L’Estate” (op.8, no.2)
• A. Vivaldi “L’Autunno” (op. 8, no.3)
• A. Vivaldi “L’Inverno” (op. 8, no.4)

b. One composition for violin and strings orchestra, to be chosen from the following works:

• F. Kreisler – Introduction and Allegro (in the style of Pugnani)
• P. de Sarasate – Zigeunerweisen
• C. Saint Saens – Introduction and Rondò Capriccioso 3
• H. Wieniawski – Variations on an original Theme op. 15

c. J.S. Bach – D minor Concerto BWV 1043 for two violins, strings and b.c. – 1st movement

Note: Candidates will play the first solo-violin part, while the second solo part will be performed by a member of the jury.

Repertoire for the SECOND ROUND (Violin and String Orchestra):

a. The First Movement from a Violin concerto to be chosen among the following works:

• the First Movement of F. Mendelssohn concerto for violin and strings in D minor
• the First Movement of J.S. Bach concerto for violin and strings in a minor BWV 1014

b. One “cantabile” piece for violin (with a string orchestra arrangement), to be chosen from the following works:

• J. Massenet “Meditation” from Thais
• N. Paganini “Cantabile” op. 17
• M. Ponce “Estrellita”

c. Solo Violin “Encore” – A solo violin piece free-chosen by the candidate (max duration 5 min.)

During the FINAL ROUND, the competitors will be accompanied by a Symphonic Orchestra and they will perform:

a. The First Movement of W. A. Mozart concerto for violin and orchestra to be chosen from the followings:

• Concerto Kv 207 no. 1 in B flat
• Concerto Kv 216 no. 3 in G Major
• Concerto Kv 218 no. 4 in D Major

b. The First Movement of one of the following romantic concertos, as preferred:

• F. Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in e minor, op.64
• M. Bruch – Violin – Concerto n.1 in g minor, op.26
• H. Wieniawski – Violin Concerto no.2 in d minor, op.22
• C.Saint-Saëns – Violin Concerto n.3 in b minor, op.61
• H. Vieuxtemps – Violin Concerto n. 5 in a minor, op. 37


1st Prize: a scholarship worth €5.000*
2nd Prize: a scholarship worth € 3.000
3rd Prize: a scholarship worth € 2.000
4th Prize: a scholarship worth € 1.000

*Plus a violin made by Fabio Piagentini from Lucca


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