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ART. 1. Cultural Association "Piano Lovers" proclaims the 4th International Piano Competition "Piano Lovers Over 40®" for non-professional pianists, dedicated to all piano lovers and fans. The Competition will take place in Milan, October 24 to 28 2017.

ART. 2. The Contest is open to any participant, of whatever Nationality, as long as they’re at least 40 yo on October 24th, 2017. The applicants may have any musical qualification, but they will have to self-testify that their profession, “their job”, is in no way related to the musical business, including performer, concert player or piano teacher. (Donwload the self-declaration template PDF)

ART. 3. The Competition is divided into four "soloists" categories, divided by age, and one "4 hands" category:
• Category A: 40 to 50 years
• Category B: 51 to 60 years
• Category C: 61 to 70 years
• Category D: 71 years or older
• Category E - 4 hands: at least one of the two candidates must have reached 40 years of age. The right category is determined by the age reached on date October 24th, 2017.
All candidates will receive a certificate of participation.

ART. 4. The chosen program, free and specified within the Competition entry, shall not exceed a duration of 12 minutes in total for all categories, but it will be lower. Published and/or unpublished songs and/or arrangements are allowed for all categories. Performance by heart is not mandatory. (For those who do not play by heart musical sheets must be original. It's possible download and print musical sheets from authorized websites by presenting a self-declaration. Arrangements are allowed.).

ART. 5. A 1st, a 2nd and a 3rd prize will be awarded for each category.
During the final Gala Concert, the judges will choose, among the 1st winners of every category, the winner of the 1st Absolute "Piano Lovers Over40" Prize, considered particularly worthy compared to all the entrants. It shall be awarded only one 1st Absolute "Piano Lovers Over40®" Prize.

Judges' ultimate decisions are final and unquestionable. Jury can award ex-aequo prizes and can also decide not to award one or more prizes, if judges consider a lack of requirements for their assignment. The winner of “Piano Lovers Over 40®” shall not be admitted to the subsequent editions of the Competition.

ART. 6. Special Audience Prize. Each duly registered candidate which meets the requirements described in art.2 of this very Regulation, automatically competes to the Special Audience Prize : the most voted candidate by the audience during the final Gala Concert.

ART. 7. The candidates of all categories, winners of 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize, and of a special prize, are required to attend and perform during the final Gala Concert, under penalty of prize revocation. The winner of the First absolute "Piano Lovers Over40" prize will be invited to perform at the Gala Concert of 2018 edition of the Competition

ART. 8. Candidates may enter the competition no later than 1st October 2017 by one of the following methods:
on line - Completing the registration procedure on the website
per posta – Sending the registration form, signed and filled out in its entirety, by registered letter with return receipt to: SixDegrees-Voice Piano Lovers Over 40® - Via Biondella, 1a 37131 Verona Italy (for the date of dispatch the postmark will be checked).
To complete the registration process online or by registered mail, you will need to attach a picture of the candidate (cm10x10 format or 390x390 pixels), a photocopy of a valid identity document, a payment receipt of the registration fee (bank or paypal) and a brief professional and musical curriculum vitae, that also provides all information pertaining to musical examinations and/or studies possibly performed.
self-declaration in which you state that your income is based on other professions (specifying which ones) as main business activity, while your spare time is dedicated to piano (see the second article of the rulebook). Applications lacking the complete documentation required will not be considered valid.

ART. 9. Registration fee is € 70.00 for categories A, B, C, D and € 100.00 (total) for category E- 4 hands. Registration fee is non-refundable, except in the case of cancellation of the Competition for reasons not dependent by Piano Lovers Association. Registration fee can be paid by bank transfer to the account IBAN IT 31 W 0311101616 00000000 2837 headed to Associazione Piano Lovers, or by credit card (Paypal) directly online at

ART. 10. Both auditions and Gala Concert are public.

ART. 11. In case of audio-visual recordings and/or photographs of all auditions and/or Gala Concert, applicants waive any economic and/or of any nature right, and authorize the Artistic Director of the Competition and any related production and/or transmission entities to their free publication and reproduction.

ART. 12. Each candidate who signs the entry in the Competition agrees with these very Regulation without exception.

ART. 13. The Regulations in Italian language shall prevail, and the Court of Milan shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute.