Composition Competition 2020

Informations about LIMF 2021 will be published by May, 2021



Andrea Talmelli


Sergi Casanellas

Professor in the Composition Department at the New York University

Faye-Ellen Sylverman

Faculty at New York University and The Juilliard School.

Paolo Marchettini

Professor in the Theory and Composition Department at the Manhattan School of Music

How to apply

Submit  an ANONYMOUS score, and recording/midi (if any) to:

Application Fee: 25 Euro

Deadline: July 20, 2020



– Applicants are musicians, students and professionals, of any age, gender and nationality.
– Applicants are allowed to submit just one piece.


LENGTH: 3 to 6 minutes
AVAILABLE INSTRUMENTATION: piano, voice (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass), violin, viola and cello
PERFORMERS: minimum of 2, maximum of 5 *up to 2 performers per instrument
 – Pieces should be composed after January 1st, 2010
– Pieces should not have been published yet
– Pieces should be submitted anonymously

Winners 2020

First prize winner


(performance in Lunigiana)
Joao Isaac Marques: Fitocontos Amazonicos 
Gianluca Verlingieri: 
Ghedini Fragmente
Qingye Wu: 
Guangzou Wu’s Paintings

Honorable mention & Special Prize

Joshua Fishbein: Deep in the Quiet Wood

Francesco Cultreri: Quintet

Wajdi Abou Diab: Cry from a frozen pole


Joshua Fishbein: Deep in the Quiet Wood

Alternate: Wajdi Abou Diab: Cry from a frozen pole

Riccardo Perugini


Riccardo Perugini (Montepulciano, 1996) is a young Italian composer already established in the European music scene. His music has been broadcasted and performed for important festivals in collaboration with well-known performers .

He has received several commissions including important associations, festivals, and competitions, such as the Art Biennial in Venice, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino,   Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina,  2 Agosto Composition Competition,  Cantiere Internazionale d’arte di Montepulciano,  DUOroboros in collaboration with UFIP,  ECHI Festival, by ESTOVEST Festival in Turin in collaboration with Area Sismica, . He also obtained the attention by numerous important teathers including Fondazione Teatro Grande di Brescia on occasion of the 9th Festa dell’opera, Sincronie Festival in Rome,  Torinodanza Festival in collaboration with Teatro Stabile di Torino, Nexus Festival, MilanOltre, NEXT ensemble.

His music has also been broadcasted on the main European radios, including Rai radio 3, Rai 5, Radio Cemat, NPO radio 4, Yleisradio Oy.

Multiple prize-winners, he was recognized for his second prize at the Internetional Vocal Espoo Composition Competition 2016 in Helsinki, the honorable mention at the 2 Agosto International Composition Competition 2017 and Uuno Klami Composition Competition 2019 and finalist at the prestigious Alba Rosa Vietor International Composition Competition 2018 (Het Concertgebouw). Members of the jury included Detlev Glanert, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Kalevi Aho, Magnus Lindberg, Olari Elts, Calliope Tsoupaki, Willem Jeths, Tansy Davies.

He also collaborated with important institutions, ensemble and musicians: Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Alessandro Cadario, Lyran Choir, Jutta Seppinen, Tapiola Sinfonietta, CONTEMPORANEAMENTEROMA, Teatrodante Carlo Monni, Teatro Elfo Puccini, Lavanderia a vapore, Centre culturel Louis Ratel, Espoo Cultural Centre, In.Nova Fert, Trio Hegel, Maria Elena Romanazzi, Edoardo Rosadini, Adrian Pinzaru, Lara Albesano, Eilis Cranitch, Enrico Carraro, Simona Bertozzi, Michele Marco Rossi, Claudio Pasceri, Mirco Ghirardini, Amatis Trio, Katharine Dain

Riccardo studied with composers Andrea Portera, Mauro Montalbetti, and Detlev Glanert.


June 2, 2021

Dear applicants and interested applicants, we are so glad to let you know that we received applications worldwide, from the USA, Puerto Rico, China, Korea, Japan, Australia, Italy, Poland, England, France, Georgia, and Lebanon.

Many of you wrote to us that would like to apply and come in person, but your country is still having some limitations about travelling and quarantine upon your return. This is why this year we want to be extremely flexible with all of you dealing with these issues. As a result, the LIMF team decided to extend the deadline to the Festival IN-PERSON to Sunday July 4, 2021.

Please, be aware that if you are applying last-minute, classes might be full and accommodation opportunities limited, however, we will keep the information posted on our website and we will do our best to welcome you in the best way possible to Lunigiana.

For any doubt and information, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time at: . We are always here to assist you.

Regarding ONLINE applications, a final deadline has been fixed to Wednesday June 10, 2021.

We thank you all and we look so much forward to welcome as many of you as possible to Lunigiana!


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