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OPC 2013 Finalists

Photo: Iuliia Tarasevich, OPC 2013 finalist





The OPC 2013 finalists are:

Slav Lechowski

Abel Sanchez-Aguilera

Mariia Narodytska

Iuliia Tarasevich

Vincent Letourmy

Alessandro Mercando

Sara Costa 

Please click HERE to read their biographies and find out what they will play in the final round. 

The directors of the competition are pleased to announce that they are awarding Marco di Marzio, a clinical pharmacist based in Dublin, Ireland, with the Spirit of the Open Piano Competition prize. This prize is awarded by the directors to the competitor who in their opinion best represents the ethos and spirit of the competition. Marco will give a short performance after the finalists.

The final will take place at the Educatorio della Provvidenza on Corso Trento 13. The main doors to the Auditorium will open at 1415 and the first performance will begin at 1430. Each finalist will play a programme of their own choice, lasting approximately 35 minutes. There will be a short break after the second performance and an interval with refreshments after the fourth performance. Entry to the hall is forbidden whilst the finalists are playing, but is allowed between performances and during applause. The evening will close with a prize giving ceremony around 1945/2000.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Congratulations to our semi-finalists!



"AreaSonorA" provides free practice facilities for OPC 2013

This year's competitors have the opportunity to access free practice facilities at Turin city centre-based private music school and studio, AreaSonorA, offered by the school's manager, Flavio Conforti. Flavio was very keen to be able to assist the competitors as much as he can during the week of the competition and has provided us with access to an upright piano and digital clavinova every day of the week during which the competition takes place. 

AreaSonorA is located at Corso Degli Abruzzi, 81, a short walk away from the competition's base at the Educatorio della Provvidenza. For more information, please click here.

We'd like to remind you that the semi-final round (Wed 9th October from 1100) and final round (Thurs 12th October from 1415) are both open to the public so if you're out and about in Turin and have the desire to listen to classical piano music, please come along to support our competitors!

Revised Round 1 timetable - 7th and 8th October


 Please see below the timetable for Round 1.

Round 1 Timetable - 7th, 8th October 2013


ROUND 1, DAY 1, 7th October 2013

Countdown to the Open Piano Competition 2013!

There are only 22 days to go until the OPC 2013 starts at the Educatorio della Provvidenza in the heart of Turin's Crocetto district. The majority of the competition's 29 competitors will land in Turin the night before, in order to be ready for their Round 1 performances, taking place over Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th October.


Daniela Manusardi e Coady Green

We are very happy to finally announce our panel of judges for the OPC 2013 in Turin, Italy. Daniela Manusardi, Milan-based international concert pianist, chamber musician, composer and teacher, and Coady Green, Australian-born international concert pianist, duo pianist and chamber musician (and both artistic director and judge in last year's OPC), will serve as jurors for the first and second rounds of the competition this October.

Mattia Ometto e Tina Zucchellini

Joining Daniela and Coady as judges for the final round, will be Padova-born international concert pianist and teacher, Mattia Ometto, whose virtuoso career has taken him throughout Europe and the US and Tina Frabotta Zucchellini, concert pianist, chamber musician, teacher and juror, whose long music career has conferred her the title of Director of the Conservatorio G. Verdi in La Spezia, Italy since 1979. Tina Zucchellini will serve as this year's jury chairperson in place of Dr. Leslie Howard who is engaged with concerts overseas.

Dr Leslie Howard

We are very honored however to announce that Dr. Howard will continue to be part of the Open Piano Competition and has agreed to be competition's Honorary Chairperson, a supervisory role overseeing the continuing development of the competition.

Please click here to read the biographies of and be directed to the websites of our jurors.

OPC first and second round venue confirmed

The Educatorio della Provvidenza, refurbished in 2001 and situated in the heart of Turin in the elegant pedestrian quarter of Crocetta, has always been an advocate for the social and cultural life of the City. Founded in 1722, the Educatorio is one of the oldest cultural institutions in Turin, characterised since its construction by the innovational spirit of its initiatives and its capacity for acting as a reference point for the citizens of Turin.

Musical activities are the most frequently hosted events at the Educatorio. The prestigious "Aurore Musicali" run every year here; a series of classical music lessons and concerts. This particular initiative was launched in 2002 with the goal of stimulating interest in, and promoting knowledge of, classical music, and providing young and talented classical musicians an environment in which to perform.

OPC deadline extension to 31 July 2013

The deadline of this year's competition is being extended to 31 July 2013 to accommodate for delay in announcing both venue and jury panel; we appreciate that prospective applicants may be put off entering the competition without having all of this information available.

In order to respect those applicants who had applied by the intial deadline of 31 May 2013, we will be soon informing you individually of your success in proceeding to Round 1 of the competition. To this end we ask you to check the email address you have submitted in your applications, to ensure that this the correct correspondence email address.

OPC 2013 receives Patronage of the City of Turin

We are delighted to announce that the Assembly of the City of Turin has bestowed on the second edition of the Open Piano Competition, the Patronage of the City of Turin ("Patrocinio della Citta' di Torino"). The competition's website and any promotional material produced for the competition in October will bear the City's logo (seen above) in order to recognise the support received. It is quite an honour for the OPC to receive another patronage; it already holds the moral patronage from the Italian Embassy of the Slovak Republic.

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