Premio Paganini International Violin Competition 2023

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Premio Paganini International Violin Competition 2023

October 16, 2023 - October 27, 2023

Premio Paganini International Violin Competition 2023
The 57th Premio Paganini International Violin Competition 2023 will be held in Genoa, Italy from 16 to 27 October.

The deadline for entries is 20 February 2023.

Entries received from the date of publication of this announcement will be accepted until 12.00 on 20 February 2023 (Italian time).


Violinists of any nationality can participate in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition 2023, provided that:

  • they have turned fifteen by the announcement expiry date (20 February 2023);
  • on the final date of the final stage of the award, 27 October 2023, they have not yet reached 31 years of age (i.e. they must have been born after 27 October 1992).


The idea to create a music competition dedicated to Paganini came about in 1940, when Genoa was preparing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the famous musician’s death. Unfortunately, the war was approaching and the idea proposed by the journalist and music critic Carlo Marcello Rietmann was temporarily put on hold. Only later, in 1954, would the idea be achieved, as a part of the Columbus Celebrations. The city government had decided that every year, October 12th would be recognized as “the Day of Genoa and Christopher Columbus”. On this occasion, awards were presented in the fields of communication and sports. The City Councilor for the Arts at the time, Lazzaro Maria De Bernardis, suggested to the Mayor, Vittorio Pertusio, that the area of music also receive recognition in the form of a competition dedicated to Paganini.

The request was granted and De Bernardis called upon the musician and composer Luigi Cortese as artistic director to organize the first edition of the “Premio Paganini”.


October 16, 2023
October 27, 2023
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