This was the first time I had ever entered any competition and I have to say it was quite exciting. A piano composition is a reflection of the composer and should be treated as a personal masterpiece regardless of competency level. I believe that all musical creations, regardless of style, should be shared globally. Despite the results, being part of the Fidelio Piano Competition has been a great experience. Not only did it help expose my music but it gave me a chance to help others gain international recognition.
"This was a well organized and straightforward competition. I greatly enjoyed listening to the other composer's works and felt that the entrance fee was a fair price."
William HalimouPleasantville (New York) USAAbr. 24, 2016
"Is was a really exciting and very well arranged experience: all composers live the competition "from inside" giving their votes.
It gave me a good opportunity to promote my pieces and overall to listen and to study the works and the styles of other composers."
Fabrizio RossiRoma (Italia)Abr. 24, 2016
"Participar en este concurso concurso ha sido una experiencia enriquecedora y además la propia página es un paraiso para los amantes de la música de piano. Animaos a participar, cualquier aficionado puede hacerlo puesto que no es necesario saber transcribir música ni tener un equipo de grabación profesional, es suficiente con mandar un audio casero."
María RamosOurense (España)Abr. 25, 2016
I enjoyed taking part and drew inspiration from listening to many of the other compositions. I was very happy to have got so far in the competition, which was my first and it has encouraged me to try next time.
"Agradecerte la labor que haces al promocionar la composición ya que éste asunto no suele verse en concursos. Con ello se fomenta la creatividad y motivación de aficionados y profesionales de la música. Para mi lo que importa es el proceso de creación, porque disfruto escribiendo y tocando melodias que salen de mi imaginación sin importar el resultado final. Espero con ansia el próximo concurso. Un saludo desde Las Palmas de Gran Canaria a tí y a cada uno de los particiantes."
David García Padrón Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (España)Abr. 25, 2016
"El Concurso de Composición para piano Fidelio ofrece una experiencia novedosa y enriquecedora tanto a aquellos compositores noveles que debutan en el mundo de los concursos, como a aquellos que ya han participado en otras ocasiones en este tipo de competiciones. Esto se debe al formato que ofrece, en el que los participantes ejercen como jurado, ya que en la mayoría de concursos suele haber un jurado preseleccionado, que incluso puede llegar a ser manipulable. De este modo, los concursantes participan con la tranquilidad de que el veredicto será justo, y además pueden escuchar obras de otros compositores actuales, con la posibilidad, al final del concurso, de conocerlos y estrechar relaciones con otros músicos, lo cual es muy importante para cualquier compositor".
The Fidelio Piano Competition was a very fun and interactive competition which allowed me (us) to hear some of our contemporaries on a very low-key, non-pressured level. It was also a great way to challenge my on-the-spot composition skills for creating a short and listening accessible piano piece. I had a great experience and plan on participating in the future.
Thomas MannAustin (Texas) USAAbr. 26, 2016
"An interesting competition and fun to take part in, It's interesting to see the marks and how people judge pieces".
Edmund JolliffeLondon (England)Abr. 26, 2016
I was very pleased with the comparison with other composers, I think this is very important to grow musically, probably I will participate again in the competition, it was really fun and exciting, thank you!
Daniela MundaSan Benedetto del Tronto (Italy)Abr. 27, 2016
" This is the first time i've been in a Piano Fidelio and it was awesome! The moderators had co-operated well and it was an amazing experience! I'd like to say "hats-off" to the admins! This is one competition where you get to learn from your mistakes! Thank you Piano Fidelio for the wonderful experience :) "
"This competition allows to discover other composers' works and therefore provides an insight within the trends of modern contemporary music."
Sébastien GleisHowald (Luxembourg)Abr. 28, 2016
" This competition is different. Actually, the concept of competitions in composition based on the anonymity of its author is good. This one has something more. This one is not conducted by a chosen jury. This one is affected only by its participants. This can lead to the point what may we take as a succesful piano piece amongst the composers' sphere. By around 300 participants we can do some statistics from the results already. I really like the idea, you may say it is not helpful, you may say it is not relevant but you cannot say a word you did not choose it since you are part of it. Plus you can do all of it from your comfy sofa. "
Lukáš JanataPraha (Czech Republic)Abr. 29, 2016
" This has been one of the more unique competitions I have participated in in recent memory. The concept of individuals acting as both participants and judges is fascinating. Anonymity, coupled with an ear considerate of styles which may differ from one's own, allows for true equity and, more importantly, a rare exposure to the current state of piano literature throughout the world. A delightful experience overall. "
" I really enjoyed participating in the competition.
It was fun and interesting and a very different kind of composition
Paul SafarEugene (Oregon) USAMay. 3, 2016
"The idea behind this competition is inspired! Even though my own music did not survive the third round, I loved listening to everyone's music and casting my votes. My college students liked the idea that anyone can participate in this event, and perhaps some of them will be future contestants. Getting a glimpse of the larger musical world is priceless. Muchisimas gracias por el concurso y felicidades a todos los concursantes!"
" I enjoyed listening to the wide range of musical styles. It was rewarding to hear the music of composers from other countries. "
Betty Wishart Erwin (North Caroline) USAMay. 3, 2016
" Thank you. This has been a most enjoyable experience. I was pleasantly surprised that two of my own works made it to the semifinal round, and happy to listen to so many fine works by other composers. My wife said, "Wow, there really are good composers today!" The whole process was easy; you had obviously thought through the potential difficulties in such an endeavor. Thank you for providing a venue for amateur composers like myself to be heard. Bravo! "
Kelly AndersonPasadena (California) USAMay. 3, 2016
" Overall my experience as a participant in the competition was very positive. I would like to comment in 3 sections.
The organisation and admin for the competition was very impressive. Results are delivered very timeously. Receipt of every correspondence is confirmed, and queries answered, within 12 hours.
The voting process was very transparent and interesting. It was great being a cog in the voting processess and not just an outside observer.
Wow, the variety of style and sound was very pleasing, and the works are of excellent quality. I was sad to see some of my favourites drop out of the competition, and then surprised by excellence of the new people.
Lastly, I recommend all composers to enter the competition. "
Arthur John FederStellenbosch (Republic of South Africa)May. 3, 2016
" It was very interesting experience to participate in this competition. The voting system allows one to take part simultaneously as a contestant and a judge, what is most unusual and exciting. I had the possibility to listen to many very different piano works and learned a lot from it."
Mark PogolskiMunich (Germany)May. 3, 2016
"Ha sido para mi una gran experiencia participar en el "V Concurso de Composición para piano Fidelio", donde he podido disfrutar con cada obra de los participantes. El haber mantenido el anonimato en las obras hasta el final lo hace mucho más atractivo, teniendo aún más protagonismo el hecho de que lo participantes sean los miembros jurados, lo cual hace que haya un resultado de votación justo. Fantástica la organización del concurso! Así que, animaros a participar y enhorabuena a los ganadores!"
Francisco LiberiaGranada (España)May. 3, 2016
" It was a great experience for me to participate in the Concurso Fidelio Competition. I really enjoyed listening to the variety of music submitted by the other composers and also was happy that they got to hear my music. I highly recommend this great opportunity to all composers."
Andrew ListBoston (Massachusetts) USAMay. 5, 2016
"I greatly enjoyed taking part in the Fidelio Piano Competition. Being able to participate in the competition by listening and rating other people's musical pieces was definitely a great experience for me. Thank you for this opportunity! "