2nd World Clarinet E-Competition 2021


The “Napolinova World Calrinet E-Competition” 2021 is created with the goal of providing young clarinetists with an opportunity to show their creativity. The pandemic has forced all of us to stay at home, and to cancel our concerts, festivals and live competitions. Young artists continue to work hard and we want to give them a chance to present themselves and their progress. This Competition is organized by “Napolinova”, a musical association that has for more than twenty years engaged in the promotion of young artists through the creation of musical events. The jury members reside on different continents, but each is known worldwide. We will avail ourselves of their great experience and expertise, and ensure that the whole process is fair and transparent. The complete list of applicants will be made public. Winners will receive wide exposure through broadcasts, social media, and even live concerts, to help their artistic career.
Scholarships and concerts will be awarded at winners. Ex-aequo are allowed. In case of ex-aequo, the prizes will be divided. The scholarships awarded will be equal to 50 % of the registration fees paid for this Competition. At the conclusion of the competition, participants who do not win prizes can choose whether to make their videos public, or keep them unlisted. The winners must immediately go on YouTube or YouKu and make sure their videos’ settings are switched to “public”. Those videos will be posted on the “Napolinova” Association’s Facebook Page and in social the jury members.



A) clarinetists born from 01/01/2005 and younger. Video duration max 5 minutes
B) clarinetists born from 01/01/2000 and younger. Video duration max 10 minutes
C) clarinetists born from 01/01/1991 and younger. Video duration max 15 minutes

Contestants may choose to apply to any one category, so long as they are not older than the age limit.


Lorenzo Antonio Iosco (Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts - Hong Kong)
Nikolai Larin (Moscow University of Culture - Russia)
Sangwoo Lim (Principal Clarinet Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra - Korea)
Jorge Montilla (University of Iowa School of Music - USA)
Calogero Palermo (Principal clarinet Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – Amsterdam)


The winners the online concert will be awarded the chance to perform a live-streamed concert from a location of their choice. Duration will depend on their age and repertoire, but in any case total duration will not exceed 30 minutes. Prize winners may decide to record a performance instead of streaming it live. Either the live or the recorded performance will be published on the "Napolinova" Facebook page, and on the Facebook, WeChat, YouTube, or Youku platforms of the jury members.

Application Fees

Cat. A: € 40 - Cat. B: € 70 - Cat. C: € 100

Applications must be received in full. Any bank fees must be paid by the sender,
or the application will be deemed not valid.

(in alphabetical order)


Based in Hong Kong where he is a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Before moving to Asia, Lorenzo was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra for 7 years and of the Madrid Opera House (Teatro Real) in Spain for 3 years. Lorenzo was born in Potenza, Italy in 1985 and studied at the Luigi Cherubini conservatory in Florence where he graduated with first class honours. As a clarinetist he worked with Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and has performed with renowned conductors including Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Andris Nelsons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, André Previn, Yuri Temirkanov, Daniel Harding, Semyon Bychkov, Lorin Maazel, Jaap Van Zweden and Myung-whun Chung. As soloist Lorenzo performed the most important repertoire for clarinet (Mozart, Weber, Rossini) several times in Europe and Asia, and made his London Wigmore Hall debut in collaboration with the London Conchord Ensemble. He studied orchestral conducting with Maestro Piero Bellugi in Florence and recently with Maestro Donato Renzetti in Rome. He is regularly invited to conduct ensembles and orchestras in Italy, USA and China. In 2019 Lorenzo conducted members of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra at the MISA festival in Shanghai performing Stravinsky Soldier’s Tale narrated in Mandarin by world renowned singer Warren Mok. Lorenzo is founder and artistic director of Ensemble Ubertini, a chamber orchestra based in Tuscany with guest musicians from Hong Kong, Europe and United Kingdom. The main interest of this ensemble is to rediscover some of the most important repertoire of the twentieth and twentyfirst centuries. The Ensemble has participated in several classic festivals in Italy (Festival delle Musiche in Cortona and Castelbuono Classica). Special mention to the concerts with the Italian pianist Gilda Buttà (official pianist of Ennio Morricone) playing the first version of Rhapsody in Blue and the Friedrich Gulda Cello Concerto with Kristina Blaumane (Solo cellist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra). Future engagements will see Lorenzo conducting the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (December 2020), Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra (April 2021) and Puccini's opera "Gianni Schicchi" with Guanghzhou Symphony Orchestra (Late 2021)



Nikolai Larin is co-principal clarinet at Moscow State Symphony orchestra. In 2018 Nikolai was invited to teach at Moscow Institute of Culture after graduated from Russian Gnessin Academy of Music at the class of professor Nikolai Mozgovenko. Nikolai participated in numerous international festivals such as "Bosco di Ciliegi" in Moscow, "Musica Iberica", Moscow International Chamber Music Festival, Yuri Bashmet Winter International Arts Festival etc. Performed on the same stage with Mikhail Pletnev, Maurice Jansons, Vasily Petrenko, Alexander Knyazev, Joyce DiDonato, Denis Matsuev and other well-known artists. He has toured in major concert halls in the USA, Great Britain, Europe and Asia. As a soloist performed quintets by W.A. Mozart, K.M. Weber and J. Brahms with the State String Quartet named P.A. Tchaikovsky. In collaboration with well-known soloists of Moscow orchestras he established woodwind quintet in 2020. After a couple of months woodwind quintet "Modern Woodwind Ensemble" won a first prize on the prestigious competition in Russia and received the status of the best quintet in Russia



One of Korea's leading clarinetists, Sangwoo Lim is the Principal Clarinetist in the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He joined the orchestra as Associate Principal Clarinet in 2007 when he was chosen by Maestro Myung-Whun Chung shortly after completing his studies in Detmold and Basel with Prof. Hans D. Klaus , Prof. François Benda. He was appointed to the Principal position in 2017. 2010-2012, he has toured internationally as a member of the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Maestro Myung-Whun Chung. As a soloist, he has appeared with orchestras all over Korea including the Seoul Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Orchestra, and the Busan Philharmonic as well as with the Sofia Soloists in Europe. In 2010, he has also been personally invited by the International Clarinet Association (ICA) in Austin, TX to give a recital as part of their festival and he has given recitals and performed chamber music in the prestigious Seoul Arts Center as well as in some of Germany's most important musical venues including Hamburg, Stuttgart, Essen, Dortmund, Bielefeld and Detmold. In 2009, he was the first Korean clarinetist to be selected as a musical artist of Buffet Crampon in France, and in 2015 he was selected and recognized again as a Vandoren artist for his exceptional skill. Sangwoo Lim has won the 1st prize in numerous competitions including the Donga Music Competition, Ewha Music Competition, and the KBS Young Musicians Competition. Additionally, he was a winner of the Young Artists Audition of the KUMHO Asiana Cultural Foundation. Sangwoo Lim is on the lecturer of Seoul National University and is a proud Buffet Crampon and Vandoren artist.


Clarinetist, educator and composer Jorge Montilla Moreno, was praised by The American Record Guide as “somebody who can perform with great enthusiasm and know how to make the repertoire of his native continent jump off the page with effortless technique, subtle dance accents and tasteful vibrato”. His major accomplishments encompass successes in performance, education, and creativity.
Montilla Moreno is best known for being a spokesperson for both Latin American music and the Eb clarinet.
Jorge Montilla Moreno is the first Latin American clarinetist to record under the distinguished British label “Clarinetclassics”. (0061)
Jorge Montilla Moreno is one of the many fine musicians produced by Venezuela’s “El Sistema”.
Also found on the major social media networks as clarinetevzla, Jorge is often invited to perform live, with notable partners, in Colleges, music festivals and concert series worldwide.
In his personal career, he has appeared as soloist, recitalist, composer and/or pedagogue in stages across the United States, Japan, Martinique, France, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, China, Peru, Spain, Mexico, Italy, Chile, Barbados, Sta. Lucia, Puerto Rico, China, Ecuador and Brazil.
Montilla Moreno began his clarinet studies at the age of 10 in his native country Venezuela. A believer in educating younger generations, he has been the Chairman of the Clarinet Department at the Conservatory of Music Simón Bolívar and clarinet professor at the Latin American Academy of Venezuela. In the United States Montilla Moreno’s teaching experience includes teaching at Arizona State University and Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Mr. Montilla received a Masters Degree and an Artist Diploma from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Howard Klug. Other notable teachers include Luis Rossi, Eli Eban, James Campbel, Walter Boeykens, Antony Pay and Ricardo Morales.
Former Principal Clarinet of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Montilla Moreno was also a founding member and Artistic Director of the Caracas Clarinet Quartet. His many compositions and arrangements have made him one of today's most pre-eminent composer/arranger for clarinet ensembles.
At present, Jorge Montilla is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Iowa School of Music. He is also a columnist for the International Clarinet Association’s magazine “The Clarinet” and keeps a hectic international career as a soloist and clinician.
Jorge Montilla represents: Rossi Clarinets, D'Addario Reeds, Clarinetclassics, Royal Music Products, Lefreque sound bridges, and BG Ligatures. His compositions and arrangements are published by Woodwindiana Editions and Montilla Brothers Editions (co-founded with brother Javier Montilla).
Jorge Montilla Moreno is represented worldwide by QuatreKlammer.


Calogero Palermo is the Principal Clarinet of the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Really young he had already this position in the Orchestra del Teatro V. Bellini in Catania , successively in the Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera in Rome and in the Orchestre National de France in Paris benefitting of the experience of prestigious conductors such as Kurt Masur, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Sir Colin Davis, Yuri Temirkanov, Daniele Gatti, Herbert Blomstedt, John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Iván Fischer, Neemi Järvi, Charles Dutoit and Riccardo Muti, performed in the most important concert halls in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. ! Winner of the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Bucharest and of many other prizes in the most important Italian Clarinet Competitions, he has an intense solo career that has seen him performing with many orchestras such as Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica LaVerdi di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini di Catania, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Colibrì Ensemble, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Györ Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese e Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana. ! Since many years he is member of the Quintetto di fiati Santa Cecilia - Concertgebouw with Andrea Oliva, Francesco di Rosa, Andrea Zucco, Guglielmo Pellarin and many chamber music collaborations with musicians and groups such as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Giovanni Sollima, Ellen Corver, Gringolts Quartet, Quartetto d’archi della Scala, Camerata RCO, Aron Quartett, Roma Opera Ensemble. His repertoire, ranging from Mozart to the contemporary, also includes authors who have composed pieces dedicated to him such as Luis Bacalov, Renato Chiesa, Claudio Cimpanelli, Antonio Fraioli and Nunzio Ortolano. ! He has recorded for B.M.G. Ricordi, Riverberi Sonori, Fonè, Accord for music-Roma, Trio Zecchini, Wicky Edition, Cristal Records, Gutman Records, Brilliant Classics, BIS Record, Cypres Records e A.I.C. ! Many of his performances have been broadcast by various radio and television stations: RAI, Vatican Radio, Romanian National Television, Radio Clásica RNE, Radio France, RadioTre, France Musique, RaiTrade and NPO Radio 4. ! He dedicates himself with particular passion to teaching activities that sees him involved in numerous Masterclasses both in Italian and International Conservatories: Mozarteum Salzburg, CRR de Paris, University of Gothenburg, Conservatoire de Lyon, Tokyo University of the Arts, Malmö Academy of Music, Conservatori Liceu de Barcellona, IMEP Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie de Namur, College of Music Mahidol University Bangkok, Manhattan School of Music New York, Sibelius Academy Helsinki. He is regularly invited to the annual courses of the Accademia Scatola Sonora in Rome and to the summer courses of Ticino Musica e Musica Riva Festival. He is the author of the didactic text Soli d'orchestra for clarinet with piano accompaniment published by Riverberi Sonori. ! Calogero Palermo is an artist Buffet Crampon, A. Licostini and D'Addario Woodwinds.

2nd World Clarinet E-Competition 2021


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