Art. 1 – The Accademia Italiana del Clarinetto and the Municipality of Camerino the collaboration of European Clarinet Association advertises the 1st International Bass Clarinet Competition “Harry Sparnaay”.

The competition will be held in Camerino (Italy) during the 9° European Clarinet Festival from 10th to 14th august 2019.

Art. 2 – The competition aims to promote the music culture, the diffusion of the clarinet in its various expressions as well as the appreciation of the artistic heritage of the sites that will host the event. The competition is addressed to bass clarinet players from around the world in only one categorie:

Art. 3 – The application to the competition must be submitted by the form online in the website ( by 30 July 2019, to:
I° International Bass Clarinet Competition “Harry Sparnaay” –
The following documents must be attached to the application form:
a) Receipt of payment of the enrollment fee 70€.
The above-mentioned fees will be paid by bank transfer into the following bank account: Accademia Italiana del Clarinetto IBAN: IT25S0845668830000020155056 – BIC: ICRAITRRCO0 with the description of payment “Inscription fee 1° International Bass Clarinet Competition”;
b) photocopy of an i.d. card of the soloist;
c) a recent black-and-white photograph;
d) c.v. of the soloist;
e) a list of the pieces to be performed.
The registration fee is not refundable under any circumstances.
Art. 4 – The application to the competition implies acceptance of all the General Conditions. In case of controversy the Court of Macerata will be competent. The official language is Italian.
Art. 5 – The schedule of the auditions and the summoning dates and times will be published on the website Therefore, each candidate will be duly informed about the meeting either by visiting our website or directly calling the secretary of the artistic organization, who, however, is not liable for any possible misunderstandings.
Art. 6 – The candidates’ presentation order for the auditions will be defined by extraction. It is compulsory to present the jury with at least two copies of the musical pieces to be performed.
Art. 7 – In case a candidate (regardless of his/her qualifications) takes part in the competition, without being in possession of all the above-mentioned requirements, he/she will automatically lose all rights to the competition itself as well to any refund.
Art. 8 – Those candidates who do not arrive on time at the competition will be automatically eliminated. Nevertheless, on condition that the delay is irrefutably due to circumstances beyond their own control, they will not be excluded, as long as the audition has not been completed yet. In such case, they may be admitted to perform according to the unquestionable judgment of the Jury.
Art. 9 – In case the contestants are devoid of a piano companion, a pianist will be available for -, starting from the day before the audition, prior to due notice to be written in the application form. (Rehersal not more than 20 minutes).
Art. 10 – The auditions will be publically performed. It is not compulsory for the candidates to perform by heart. The performance order of the different pieces can be freely arranged by each candidate.
Art. 11 – The Jury of the Competition will be made up of renowned musicians, Chairman Claudio SCANNAVINI composer. The Jury has the authority both to interrupt and have a performance repeated. The Jury’s judgment and mark are unquestionable.
Art. 12 – Those members of the Jury who were or have been the candidates’ Maestri (in the past two years prior to the competition) and/or their relatives, must immediately inform the Art Director and refrain from voting when it comes to the judgment and assessment of their pupils or relatives. As a matter of fact, each member of the Jury will officially sign a declaration on the swearing day in order to exclude any possible relationship with the candidates.
Art. 13 – The candidates will pay for their own travel, food and lodging expenses. However, the organization of the event will be pleased to provide them with information about the best offers and conditions concerning both accommodation and food facilities.
Art. 14 – The candidates will be assessed as follows:
the performance will be measured in centesimal marks which will be secretly attributed by each member. In order to avoid a possible imbalance of the average results, the marks will be calculated regardless of extreme evaluations (both lowest and highest marks). Nevertheless, in case such extreme marks are attributed by more members at one time, they will be eliminated just once.
Art. 15 – The unique prize is indivisible. The Jury has the unquestionable authority not to award the prize. Moreover, the Jury may recommend those candidates who have particularly distinguished themselves for the high quality of their performances.
Art. 16 – The winners’ performances on the final day are compulsory (in formal attire) and will be held during the ECA Festival. Possible refusals will result in the cancellation of the prize itself. Any Tv, radio of photographic reproductions of the event will not give the candidates right to any form of economic compensation.
Art. 17 – In case of necessity, the organization claims the right to change any of the above-mentioned rules, which will be in due time communicated to the all concerned parties.



Unique round:
-M.Mangani – Fantasy for bass clarinet and piano
-Free choice of one piece for solo bass clarinet.



1° prize – Diploma
– Scholarship (600€) application + accomodation at the 6° Italian Summer Clarinet University 2020
– Pomarico Bass Clarinet Wizard (200€) provided by Pomarico 
– Recital during 6° Italian Summer Clarinet University 2020
2° prize – Diploma
– Scholarship (300€) application at the 6° Italian Summer Clarinet University 2020.                        
3° prize – Diploma
– Scholarship (200€) accomodation at the 6° Italian Summer Clarinet University 2020
Special Prize “Harry Sparnaay” for the best virtuoso performance.
– Voucher for 100€ provided by Accademia Italiana del Clarinetto
Special Prize “Accademia Italiana del Clarinetto” for the best performance of an italian piece.
– Voucher for 100€ provided by Accademia Italiana del Clarinetto