We are pleased to announce the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award – Chamber Music Competition 2022.
The competition is open to chamber music ensembles from trio to quintet for strings or strings and piano with members of any nationality.
Chamber Music Competition
- Prizes: 25,000 Euros
- Deadline: 17.6.2022
- Open to: Competition open to musicians of all nationalities
- Age limit: ensemble average age 30 years (maximum individual age 33 years)
- Lugano: 7-9 September 2022
Rules for the Chamber Music Competition 2022
The competition is open to chamber music ensembles from trios to quintet for strings or strings and piano with members of any nationality.
Age limit: ensemble average age 30 years (maximum individual age 33 years). None of the ensemble members can be over 33 years old (they have to be born after 1.1.1989). The jury reserves the right to make small exceptions.
All members must play in all pieces.
a) Programme for the first round
Video recording uploaded on a private channel (i.e. youtube, vimeo, etc.), indicating on the application form the link, with place and date of the recording.
The repertoire presented must be original and correspond to the following details:
- Contain at least two pieces from different periods and styles composed before 1900 and one piece composed after 1900.
- The total duration of the programme must be about 40-60 minutes.
- The recording must be integral (not edited or cut within the pieces. Cuts are possible only between pieces or between movements)
In the first round, the programme may include single movements if the piece is too long.
In the second and third rounds, the pieces must be complete.
b) Programme for the second round (semi-final)
Two or more freely chosen pieces, at least one of them composed before 1900 and at least one after 1900.
The total duration of the programme must be between 20 and 40 minutes.
During the second round, the jury may request to hear only part of the chosen programme.
c) Programme for the third round (final)
Freely chosen concert programme of max 50 minutes without a break.
Only original parts are allowed, no photocopies.
In the second round, it is permitted to play the same pieces presented for the first round (recording). For the final round the choice of the programme is free.
Applications must be received by the Competition Office of the GIANNI BERGAMO CLASSIC MUSIC AWARD no later than June 17, 2022 (date of reception) per email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The applications must contain:
- The duly completed registration form
- A colour photo of the ensemble
- A photocopy of the passport or other identity document of each member of the ensemble
- Short curriculum vitae (résumé) in Italian or English (max. one A4 page) of the ensemble and of each member
- the scores of the recorded pieces in pdf format
- programme of the competition (first, second and third rounds, see Art. II) specifying the duration of each piece.
Incomplete applications will be rejected. Documents and musical material sent will not be returned.
We do not request any enrolment or participation fee.
The members of the jury are:
- Gianni Bergamo
- Jürg Dähler
- Alessandro Moccia
- Marcello Parolini
- Bruno Weinmeister
The organizers reserve the right to substitute one or more jurors.
If, in the two years before the beginning of the competition, a member of the jury has taught any of the applicants, an internal rule, defined by the jury at the beginning of the competition, will be applied. At the beginning of the competition, each jury member must submit a declaration about his/her own relationship with the applicants, according to the above mentioned decision.
The jury evaluates and selects the participants according to these regulations and according to the internal procedures determined in accordance with the official regulations.
The voting procedure for the second and third rounds is open within the jury; the decisions are determined by a majority of the votes. The decisions of the individual jury members are not made public outside of the jury.
The participants are not allowed to contact jury members at any time during the competition.
A core group of the jury will make the first selection. The results of the first round should be communicated no later than July 15, 2022. The decisions of the jury are indisputable; no justification will be given.
The applicants admitted to the competition will receive a written confirmation with detailed information regarding the development of the next rounds. Foreign participants who need a visa in order to enter Switzerland can apply for the visa using the above mentioned confirmation.
The participants admitted must send the pieces for the second and third round to the Competition Office in pdf format not later than July 31, 2022.
The competition (2nd round – semi-final and 3rd round – final) will take place in Lugano from September 7 to 9, 2022.
Each participant must arrive and register in person at the Competition Office on the day of the group’s performance with a valid identity document. The date and time will be communicated no later than July 31, 2022.
The participants must be readily available during the entire period of time in which they are in competition. Participants must avoid any kind of professional engagement or concert for the entire duration of the competition (2nd and 3rd round).
Any group which takes part in the competition (regularly invited by the Competition Office) but for any reason does not satisfy all conditions of the rules of the competition, immediately looses the right to take part in the competition and to any reimbursement.
For all rounds of the competition, the participants’ travel, room and board are at their own expense.
The Organization is available for any information and also assistance in booking accommodation, if necessary.
Each group admitted to the second turn will receive a forfeit amount of CHF 400.- to partially cover travel and accommodation expenses.
1st prize: Euro 12’000
2nd prize: Euro 8’000
3rd prize: Euro 5’000
The jury reserves the right not to award the prizes or to assign them in a different way.
The competition organisation will do its best to find interesting performance opportunities for the winners. The winners are required to accept such engagements. For these concerts, no additional monetary compensation will be given.
The participants give their consent to radio and television broadcasts and transmissions as well as to any audio and video recordings which may be made during the competition performances, without incurring any additional obligation from the organizers.
The organizers reserve the right to modify these regulations; any changes will be communicated to the participants in due course.
The decisions of the jury are final and binding. Entry in the competition implies full acceptance of the jury's decisions and of these regulations.
The competition rules in the Italian language shall be legally binding.
Participants waive all rights to initiate legal proceedings against the decision of the jury.
For any details not included in these competition rules, the Swiss Code of Obligations (Codice svizzero delle obbligazioni) and the specific laws are binding.
For additional information, please contact:
GIANNI BERGAMO CLASSIC MUSIC AWARD, Competition Office
c/o Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana
Via Soldino 9
Tel. +41 (0)91 960 30 44
Fax +41 (0)91 960 30 41Download PDF
Maestro Gianni Bergamo
Gianni Bergamo was born in Milan, Italy in 1941, attended primary school in Italy and Liceo in Switzerland. After a degree in Economy (1964) at the Catholic University of Milan, he dedicated himself to the study of music with Tissoni (harmony and composition), D. Maffeis (organ) and N. Sanzogno (orchestra conducting) at the Conservatory of Bergamo, Italy.
From 1964 to 1994 has been a businessman with his own import-export, real estate and finance companies, though at the same time he has remained close to music and to its world.
In 1990 he created the Cultural Association “Gli Amici Cantori”, first as a chorus alone, then later accompanied by an orchestra. He has given many concerts in Italy with them, preferring the symphonic-sacred repertoire (masses, oratories, passions, etc.). At present, he lives in Santiago del Chile.
Jürg Dähler, born in Zurich, international activity as violinist, violist, pedagogue and chamber musician as well as organizer and curator of renowned festivals and concert series. Studies with Sándor Végh, Heribert Lauer and Pinchas Zukerman on the violin as well as with Christoph Schiller, Kim Kashkashian and Fjodor Druschinin on the viola. Formative longterm artist encounters with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Heinz Holliger, Brenton Langbein and György Ligeti. After his debut in the Zurich Tonhalle with the world premiere of Daniel Schnyder's viola concerto dedicated to him, he was a guest with many renowned orchestras under conductors such as Giorgio Bernasconi, Douglas Boyd, Friedrich Cerha, Beat Furrer, Heinz Holliger, Brenton Langbein, Petri Sakari, Stefan Sanderling, Heinrich Schiff, Jac van Steen, Marcello Viotti and Thomas Zehetmair. Concert tours as a soloist and chamber musician have regularly taken him to Australia, the US and all over Europe with performances at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Salzburg Festival and the Wiener Festwochen, the City of London Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Venice Biennale and also at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
From 1985-2000, he was a member and Primarius of the legendary Kammermusiker Zurich. In 1993 he co-founded of the Collegium Novum Zurich. Since 1993 he holds the position as principal violist at the Musikkollegium Winterthur and is a member of the Winterthur String Quartet. In 1999 he co-founded the Swiss Chamber Concerts and runs since 2015 the Pentecost Festival at Schloss Brunegg as its artistic director.
He received much international acclaim for his world premiers and first performances of solo and chamber music works - many of which are written and dedicated for him - by composers such as Birtwistle, Blank, Bodman-Rae, Cerha, Danner, Dayer, Drushinin, Dubugnon, Dusapin, Furrer, Gaudibert, Gervasoni, Haller, Hefti, Henze, Holliger, Jost, Käser, Kelterborn, Kür, Lehmann, Ligeti, Moser, Pärt, Polglase, Schnyder, Wyttenbach, Vassena and Zimmerlin. He produced over 30 CDs for labels such as ECM, NEOS, Genuin, Accord, Claves, Grammont, Jecklin and Cantando.
Currently, he teaches at the Kalaidos University and gave master classes at many renowned teaching institutes such as the Sydney Conservatorium of Music or the National Academy of Music in Melbourne. In 2007 he obtained the title “Executive Master in Arts Administration” from the Faculty of Philosophy and Economics at the University of Zurich with summa cum laude.
In 2008 he received the Zolliker Art Prize for his artistic work and his services to the Swiss cultural life, and in 2020 he was honoured with the Swiss Music Prize for his dedicated work for the Swiss Chamber Concerts.
He plays a violin by Antonio Stradivarius, Cremona 1714, and a viola by Raffaele Fiorini, Bologna 1893.
Born in Cagliari, Italy, he graduated from the Milan Conservatory under the guidance of Felice Cusano, and went on to specialise with Salvatore Accardo, Pavel Vernikov and Zina Gilels.
In 1986 he began a career both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, performing in prestigious concert halls such as the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo and the Lincoln Center in New York.
In 1992, he was invited by Philippe Herreweghe to become concertmaster of the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, a position he still holds today, as well as collaborating as first violin with various orchestras: the WDR in Cologne, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and others.
He was first violin in the Turner String Quartet, with which he carried out an intense concert and recording activity until 2005.
Extremely passionate about music philology, he has always carried out a parallel activity between the modern violin and the ancient instrument, collaborating with great artists such as Frans Bruggen, Sigiswald Kujken, René Jacobs, Anner Bijlsma, Christophe Coin, Andreas Staier.
In 1996, driven by his passion for pedagogy, he created the Jeune Orchestre Atlantique (JOA) together with Philippe Herreweghe. From 2004 to 2010 he taught at the Academie de Musique Française in Kyoto. Since 2011, he has been professor of violin at the Conservatorio Superiore di Gent in Belgium and since 2017 at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano.
Born in Milan (Italy), he graduated in piano with Leonardo Leonardi and in composition with Sandro Gorli and Umberto Rotondi at the "G. Verdi" Conservatory in Milan. He studied with the conductor Guido Guida of whom he was then assistant before being called to permanently conduct the ensemble Traiettorie Sonore in Como.
Later he conducted the instrumental group of the "Umberto Giordano" Festival in Baveno and all the musicians who now form the Achrome Ensemble. He is also a founding member of the Achrome Ensemble Association where he’s the president and the artistic director too. He has conducted Achrome Ensemble in Italy and abroad, recently recording 2 CDs published by Da Vinci Classics (Davide Anzaghi: Chamber Music Works and Music for Dummies with music by Paolo Coggiola, Alberto Cara and Federico Biscione): from 2017 he gives life to the season concert "... e adesso, musica!" at the prestigious Sala Piatti in Bergamo.
In the past he was invited to conduct the Musica XX ensemble, the choir of the Nuova Polifonica Ambrosiana and Le nuove voci by Divertimento Ensemble and he has always dedicated himself to the diffusion of contemporary music, playing with the Nuove Sincronie Ensemble (recording for Radio France, BBC, RAI, Ricordi and Stradivarius), with the Divertimento Ensemble, the Tactus Ensemble, the Cantelli orchestras, Milano Classica and laVerdi. He also has recorded for Agorà, Curci and Eucled.
Awarded in various competitions, he has played in Italy and abroad in prestigious venues, often in duo with the famous harmonica player Willi Burger.
On several occasions he was a member of the jury in the chamber music competition "Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award" in Lugano.
For a three-year period, he directed the Civic School of Music of Cassano d’Adda alongside his intense didactic activity.
He is currently the holder of Score Reading at the Claudio Abbado Civic School of Music in Milan; for the same institution he coordinates the Institute of Classical Music and he is assistant director.
Bruno Weinmeister is known as solo cellist of the opera houses in Dresden and Zurich. Since 2017, he has been cello professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
He studied cello with Heinrich Schiff in Basel and Salzburg, and with Wolfgang Boettcher in Berlin. His curiosity and fascination for music led to encounters with great musical personalities such as Heinz Holliger, Friedrich Cerha, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Friedrich Gulda.
After studying conducting with Eiji Oue in Hanover, he intensively worked with Claudio Abbado as his assistant in Lucerne and Berlin. A musical assistantship at the Bayreuth Festival leads to conducting engagements with the orchestras of Lausanne, Basel and St. Gallen, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Volksoper and the Tonkünstler Niederösterreich.
As a guest solo cellist of international orchestras, he has played with the orchestraa of the Bavarian State Opera, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Stuttgart Opera and the radio orchestras of Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Freiburg.
Bruno Weinmeister is requested as a chamber musician: Heinz Holliger, Benjamin Schmid, Emanuel Pahud, Albrecht Mayer, Renaud Capuçon, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich, Jörg Widmann, Jan Gottlieb Jiracek von Arnim are among his partners.
His solo activity includes performances with the radio orchestras of Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg and Stuttgart, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the orchestras of Lyon, Turin, Bologna and Glasgow, the Mozarteum Orchestra and Bruckner Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Basel and Bern, conducted by Francesco Angelico, Susanna Mälkki, Michael Gielen, Heinz Holliger, Heinrich Schiff, Sebastian Weigle, Theodor Guschelbauer, Ari Rasilainen, Christian Zacharias, Hans Graf, Leopold Hager, Günther Neuhold, Heribert Beisel, Karl-Heinz Stephens, Yuri Simonov.