International Telekom Beethoven Competition

Дедлайн: 19/05/2023
Місце проведення: Бонн, Німеччина
Дисципліни: Фортепіано
З: 30/11/2023 До: 09/12/2023
Обмеження за віком: до 33

Application rules:

Application documents

completed application form in German or English
passport scan
short biography of c. 150 words (written out, no cv)
up to date digital color portrait photo
Video of repertoire (see also requirements under repertoire, audio-only recordings not accepted, recording may not be edited, may not be cut during movements), provision via YouTube ( as explained in the application form.
Copy of transfer document as proof of payment of application fee of €50

documents relating to competitions already won
video of a self-presentation of max. 5 minutes (see Guidelines to self-presentations (pdf, 104.5 KB)) (audio-only recordings not accepted)
All the required application documents and information must be submitted online between September 1, 2022 and May 19, 2023, under the menu item Application.

The registration fee must be paid with the option “spesenfrei für den Empfänger” (Free of charge for the recipient), note to payee “Beethoven Competition Bonn 2023” and the name of the Participant, to the following account:

Recipient : Int. Beethovenfeste Bonn
Bank: Sparkasse KölnBonn
Bank code: 370 501 98
Account number: 25 635
IBAN: DE97 3705 0198 0000 0256 35

International Telekom Beethoven Competition
c/o Beethovenfeste Bonn gGmbH
Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3
53113 Bonn, Germany

Alternatively, a payment via PayPal can be sent to the mail address with the indication “Beethoven Competition 2023” as well as the name of the participant. For the payment via PayPal the function “goods or service” must not be used.

Your registration will be confirmed in writing as soon as we have received all the documents and the registration fee. Incomplete application documents and incorrect data may result in the applicant not being admitted to the Competition. All documents will be treated confidentially.

Qualification round

Candidates will submit a personally played recording together with their registration. The program can be found in the repertoire list under “First round”.

A Selection Committee will decide who will be admitted to the Competition. Up to 28 Participants will be chosen. If all the terms of participation are met, the choice will be made on the basis of the recordings. The candidates will be notified of the decision in writing by June 19, 2023. No explanations will be given.


First Prize: 50000 €
Second Prize: 25,000 €
Third Prize: 10,000 €

Special prizes

Best interpretation of a piano concerto in the final
2,000 €

Special prize for chamber music, donated by the Beethoven Trio Bonn
2,000 €

The audience will vote for its favorite from among the six participants in the semifinal round. The winner will perform at a piano recital at the chamber music hall of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, receive a money prize of 1,000 € as well as a Beethoven bronze bust by the artist Naoum Aronson, donated by Dr. Gudula Neidert-Buech.

Best interpretation of a piece of Robert Schumann in the 2nd round donated by Prof. Dr. Uwe Henrik Peters and Dr. Anna Martini, Cologne
1,000 €

Best interpretation of a contemporary piece in the Chamber music final
1,000 €

Facsimile edition of a piano piece by Ludwig van Beethoven, donated by the Beethoven-Haus-Bonn.

Sheet music prizes, donated by Bärenreiter Publishers
worth a total of 1,500 €


First round
Duration of recital: 45 minutes each

A prelude and fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
One of Ludwig van Beethoven’s last three sonatas op. 109, op. 110 or op. 111
One of the following works by Ludwig van Beethoven:
Seven Bagatelles, op. 33
Six Variations on an Original Theme in F major, op. 34
Eleven Bagatelles, op. 119
Six Bagatelles, op. 126
Ten Variations on the theme ‘La stressa, la stessissima’ from the opera ‘Fanstaff’ by Antonio Salieri, WoO 73
Seven Variations on the quartet “Kind, willst du ruhig schlafen?” from Peter Winter’s opera ‘Das unterbrochene Opferfest’, WoO 75
32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80
Two Rondos, op. 51 no. 1 in C major and no. 2 in G major
Fantasy in B major, op. 77
Andante favori in F major WoO 57
Rondo a capriccio ‘Rage over a Lost Penny’ in G major, op. 129 AND Polonaise in C major, op. 89

Second round
Duration of recital: 60 Minuten each

One sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven – but not
No. 1 in F minor, op. 2 no. 1
No. 5 in C minor, op. 10 no. 1
No 6 in F major, op. 10 no. 2
No. 9 in E major, op. 14 no. 1
No. 10 in G major, op. 14 no. 2
No. 19 in G minor, op. 49 no. 1
No. 20 in G major, op. 49 no. 2
No. 22 in F major, op. 54
No 24 in F sharp major, op. 78
No. 30 in E major op. 109
No. 31 in A flat major op. 110
No. 32 in C minor, op. 111
33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli in C major, op. 120
15 Variations and Fugue in E-flat major, op. 35

One or more works by Johannes Brahms, Carl Czerny, Joseph Haydn, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Ignaz Moscheles, Max Reger, Ferdinand Ries, Richard Strauss, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Carl Maria von Weber or Joseph Woelfl.

Third round: Semi-final
Duration of recital: 40 minutes each

One of the following sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven
No. 1 in F minor, op. 2 no. 1
No. 5 in C minor, op. 10 no. 1
No 6 in F major, op. 10 no. 2
No. 9 in E major, op. 14 no. 1
No. 10 in G major, op. 14 no. 2
No. 22 in F major, op. 54
No 24 in F sharp major, op. 78

One or more works by Arnold Schönberg, Béla Bartók, Igor Strawinsky, Anton Webern, Alban Berg, Sergej Prokofjew, Paul Hindemith, Viktor Ullmann, Hanns Eisler oder Dmitri Schostakowitsch.

Chamber music final

A contemporary work from the 21st century (composed after December 31, 2000; chosen by the performer, max. 10 minutes, must not be played from memory)

One of the following piano trios by Ludwig van Beethoven (must not be played from memory), accompanied by chamber music partners Mikhail Ovrutsky (violin) and Grigory Alumyan (cello), members of the Beethoven Trio Bonn:

No. 1 in E flat major, op. 1
No. 2 in G major, op. 1
No. 3 in C minor, op. 1
No. 4 in D major, op. 70
No. 5 in E flat major, op. 70

Final round

Piano concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven
No.1 in C major, op. 15 AND No. 3 in C minor, op.37
No. 2 in B flat major op. 19 AND No. 4 in G major op.58
No. 5 in E flat major op. 73 AND Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major op. 61 (version for piano by Ludwig van Beethoven)

The jury will decide which work shall be performed in the final.

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