The project of the “Salieri-Zinetti” International Chamber Music Competition - which is named after its promoting Institutions, the “Antonio Salieri” Foundation of Legnago and the “Gaetano Zinetti” Cultural Association of Sanguinetto - starts in 2010, but derives from the experience matured by its staff organising the “Gaetano Zinetti” International Chamber Music Competition over the period 1998-2009.

Privileged partners of the initiative are the University of Verona, which hosts the preliminary rounds, the Conservatory of Music of Mantua, where the semi-final is held, the Conservatory of Music of Verona, where the Final takes place. The Concert of Winners is held at important Theatres, among which the Sala Maffeiana of the Accademia Filarmonica, the most prestigeous place for music in Verona, where in 1770 the young Mozart succesfully performed. A favourable auspice for the winners of the “Salieri-Zinetti” Competition which has as its main purpose that of offering a career platform to the best young concert artists, an opportunity to be recognised in the difficult world of concert performances. 

The Competition has been creating with the intention of paying homage to the memory of two illustrious musicians born in the Verona plain: Antonio Salieri (1750-1825), from Legnago, the famous composer who had in Vienna the greatest appreciations, and Gaetano Zinetti (1873-1911), from Sanguinetto, composer and conductor who started very young a great career that led him to conduct in the most prestigeous European opera theatres.

A reward for excellence.

The competition offers important money prizes to the winners: Euro 10,000 for the 1st place, Euro 4,000 for the 2nd and Euro 2,000 for the 3rd.

An innovation - tied to the results of a motivational research according to which the principal reason that urges young musicians to participate in competitions is constituted by the concert opportunities offered - is that Prizes make up a scholarship which constitutes a fee for the realization of concerts.

Moreover there is the Video Recording Award which offers the opportunity, to an ensemble chosen from amongst those who have distinguished themselves the most, to record a professional video. This initiative is of particular interest to young people with talent who have not yet had the opportunity to make a video and can obtain, by so doing, an invaluable tool for the promotion of their career, the quality of which is guaranteed by a specific selection.

A further opportunity was provided by the “Masi Foundation” Recording Award for Venetian Culture which offers a recording contract and a scholarship for concerts.


A parallel initiative, called "Zinettiadi" Soirées, has been set up for a better involvement of the local community. They are private performances for small audiences held in the days of the Competition. The purposes of Soirées are: to provide ensembles with an opportunity to perform their repertoire prior to their test in the competition; to present chamber music in an intimate setting; to increase local awareness of chamber music; to increase local support for the International Competition. These Soirées will help the project to carry out its role of chamber music promotion at a local level.

The organization

The realization of the Competition took advantage of a positive match between artistic and managerial cultures, a match that not often may be found in relations between arts and economics. Besides the collaboration of great masters coming from important Schools of Music, the initiative could rely on a professional planning and general co-ordination entrusted to Filippo Maria Cailotto, a qualified cultural manager, and on professional structures for the administrative and secretarial aspects

“Salieri-Zinetti” Competition - The history

  1. Punti elencoHomepage

  2. Punti elencoPrizes

  3. Punti elenco“I Virtuosi Italiani”
    Special Award

  4. Punti elenco“New York Recital Debut”
    Special Award

  5. Punti elenco“Cicerone Music & Art”
    Special Award

  6. Punti elencoRecording Award

  7. Punti elencoMasi Foundation
    Special Recording Award

  8. Punti elencoPromoting Institutions
    and Sponsors

  9. Punti elencoRules

  10. Punti elencoThe Competition Festival

  11. Punti elencoThe multiplier effect

  12. Punti elencoHistory
    -- Roll of Honour

  13. Punti elencoApplication Form

  14. Punti elencoFAQs

  15. Punti elencoAdmitted Ensembles

  16. Punti elencoGallery

  17. Punti elencoConnected movies

  18. Punti elencoWhere to stay

  19. Punti elencoContact


  20. Punti elencoNews

Please, note:

The historical details described in this website concern the activity realized by

the “Salieri-Zinetti” Competition staff in the period 1998-2009 for the

“Gaetano Zinetti” Competition.

The new proposal has its origin from the experience of those 12 years.


Ente Promotore/Promoting Institution: 

ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE “GAETANO ZINETTI” • Via Dossi 7 – 37058 Sanguinetto (Vr) - Italia • C.F. e P. Iva: 03939750232