The International Music Performing Competition “Giacomo Mensi” began in 1998, aimed at promoting musical culture, above all for clarinet, in memory of the young clarinettist Giacomo Mensi, known on international level in spite of his young age and departed before his time in a tragic road accident in 1997.

The contest (that is biennial) consists of two sections: Excellence and Young Promises. The Young Promises Section, that is further separated in two sub-sections: A (up to 13 years) and B (up to 18 years), is meant to stimulate the younger clarinettists, sustaining them and giving them the possibility to perform in an event of international level.

The contest consists of a preliminary heat phase followed by a final. A curtain will hide the Jury during the performances; moreover, as security for an unbiased judgment, the order of the performances is drawn lots immediately before the beginning of the trials.

All the candidates are given a Participation Certificate; the first, the second and the third classed are given a Diploma and a prize. Besides receiving the Diploma and the prize, the winner performs with the Orchestra “A. Vivaldi” in the final concert at the end of the event.

The Contest is advertised in the Italian Conservatories and in the foreign Academies, Conservatories and Universities, besides in the most interesting musical magazines.

The high level of the Content is also documented by the Foremen of Jury: Dieter Klocker for the 1st edition, Karl Leister for the 2nd edition, Antony Pay for the 3rd edition, Thomas Friedli for the 4th edition, Wenzel Fuchs for the 5th edition and Fabio Di Casola for the 6th edition.

The Contest is promoted by the Municipality of Breno according with the Association “Musica in Valle Camonica”, with the patronage of the Region of Lombardy, the Province of Brescia, the Comunità Montana of Valle Camonica, the Consorzio BIM of Valle Camonica, the “C. Golgi” high school, the Pro Loco of Breno and Federcultura; the artistic direction is entrusted to the “Libera Accademia di Musica A. Vivaldi” of Darfo Boario Terme (BS).