3rd World Clarinet E-Competition 2022


The “Napolinova World Clarinet E-Competition” is created with the goal of providing young clarinetists with an opportunity to show their creativity. The World Clarinet E-Competition is born in the 2020, during period pandemic, that has forced all of us to stay at home, and to cancel our concerts, festivals and live competitions. Young artists have 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 scholarships will be divided. 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 01/01/2006 and younger. Video duration max 5 minutes

B) clarinetists born from 01/01/2001 and younger. Video duration max 10 minutes

C) clarinetists born from 01/01/1992 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.



in alphabetic order

Lorenzo Antonio Iosco (Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts - Hong Kong)
Nikolai Larin (Moscow University of Culture - Russia)
Jorge Montilla (University of Iowa School of Music - USA)
Calogero Palermo (Principal clarinet Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – Amsterdam)
Hosup Song (Chugye University for the Arts - Korea)


SPECIAL PRIZE "Egidio Volini"

Scholarship of 150 euros to the best performance of a piece the 20th century offered by
M° Lorenzo Antonio Iosco

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, prize and repertoire. 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


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”. 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.


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.


Considered a clarinetist with deep interpretation and soul-bending emotion, Song Hosup is a graduate of the reputable Seoul Arts High School and Seoul National University. He is also a graduate of the renowned Meisterklasse in Munich and the Konzertklasse in Switzerland. Hosup made his debut with the Busan National Symphony Orchestra and won first prize in the Busan Music Competition as a highschool student. He graduated from the prestigious Seoul Arts High School as the performing valedictorian awarded by the alumni of the school. He then attended Seoul National University and was selected by the Seoul Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, Seoul National University Wind Ensemble, Jeunesses Musicales Debut Recital, Young Musician Festival, selected and broadcasted as the most talented clarinet player in the KBS FM 21st century wind ensemble, and also won first prize in the Dong-A Competition. During his studies in Germany, he played with the Munich Music Orchestra, became the first Korean to win the Bayreuth International Competition, and entered the Prague International Competition. From 1999 to 2002, he was selected as a scholar of Villa Musica. He is now performing with world-famous artists such as Sergio Azzolini, Albrecht Mayer, Radovan Vlatkovic, András Adoriján, Dag Jensen, Wolfgang Gaag and Güter Passin, acquiring various musical experience through these performances in Germany. After returning to Korea, he was promoted to the Chungnam Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal clarinetist. He was introduced as a new performer of the KBS FM 21st Century. He has performed with the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, Chungnam Philharmonic Orchestra, Samsung Philharmonic Orchestra, Mostly Philharmonic Orchestra, Jeonju Philharmonic Orchestra, KT Chamber Orchestra, Korean Peace Orchestra, and Lyum Chamber Orchestra, and other various orchestras. He has shown his prowess as a soloist through his performances and has been high regarded in his ability to blend in with various ensemble performances. He is also a member of the contemporary music ensemble Eclat. He was additionally invited to the PAN International Contemporary Music Festival (ISCM), the Asian Composition Music Festival, the Seoul International Contemporary Music Composition Music Festival, Daegu Contemporary Music Festival, GAIDA Contemporary Music Festival, RAND Festspiele Zepernick, Musica Aperta, and many other modern music festivals. Song has been active in Germany, Lithuania, Switzerland, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Slovakia. He is also the leader of the DIAPASON Ensemble In addition, he introduced the "Harmoniemusik" genre to music aficionados for the first time in Korea as the leader of the DIAPASON Ensemble and actively helped popularize classical music through the creation of woodwind quintet arrangements titled “Familiar Classical. Hosup Song is presenting his sensational performance with academic programs and novel projects through themed solo concerts, and as the leading the DIAPASON Ensemble. He is expanding his own artistic spectrum with his undying passion for music and is now professor at Chugye University for the Arts. He is currently an active member of the Selmer Paris in France and Silverstein Works in the United States

3rd World Clarinet E-Competition 2022