International Telekom Beethoven Competition

Deadline: 10/05/2019
Location: Bonn, Germany
Disciplines: Piano
From: 06/12/2019 To: 14/12/2019
Age limit: 16-32



The International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn is organized by the Internationale Beethovenfeste Bonn (IBFB) gGmbH on behalf of Deutsche Telekom AG. The IBFB gGmbH is the sole contractual partner of the participant, unless otherwise noted in the conditions of entry.с

Eligibility for participation

The International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn 2019 is open to pianists from all nations, as well as stateless persons, who were born between after December 15, 1986 (32 years of age, not yet celebrated 33rd birthday) and before December 5, 2003 (at least 16 years of age / already celebrated 16th birthday). Underaged pupils are responsible for organizing forms and documents to guarantee a smooth access and return travel. Pupils of a jury member at the time of application, or those who have been pupils of a jury member for at least one year during the three years preceding the competition, are not eligible to enter. Also ineligible are prizewinners (1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes) of the International Telekom Beethoven Competition in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

A selection commission will choose max 28 participants from all the completed registration forms received; the selected entrants will be invited to the first round in Bonn.

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 WeTransfer ( as explained in the application form.
  • Copy of transfer document as proof of payment of application fee of €50


All the required application documents must be sent between Nov 15, 2018 and May 10, 2019 latest online (use menu button Registration).

The registration fee is EUR 50.00; this should be paid into the following account, with the reference “free of charge to payee”:

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

Receipt of the 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 as confidential and returned to applicants upon request after the competition has finished. The International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn accepts no liability for lost originals.

Qualification round

Along with their registration documents, applicants must submit one or more video recordings in which they can be clearly seen and heard playing the repertoire. The programme can be found in the repertoire list under “Qualification round”. A selection commission will decide who should be admitted to the competition. 28 participants will be chosen. If all the conditions of entry are met, the choice will be made on the basis of the recordings. Entrants will be notified in writing of the decision by June 17, 2019. No explanations will be given.
Successful applicants from abroad can use this confirmation to apply for their entry visa, if they require one.

Main round

The selection of winners will take place over four rounds of public competition, known as the Main Round, from 6 to 14 December 2019. Competitors must undertake to keep their calendars free of other, conflicting engagements during this time. The organizers must be notified in writing of any withdrawal without delay. A doctor’s note is required in case of illness.

The order of performance will be decided by way of a draw at a reception for competitors on December 5, the day of arrival. The order will be maintained throughout the competition. The repertoire and the listed requirements are mandatory for the competition programme. The jury reserves the right to interrupt any performance that overruns. With the exception of contemporary works composed after 1980, the solo repertoire is to be performed from memory in all competition rounds. The competitors will have the opportunity to practise on site. In the first and second rounds of the competition in Bonn one participant will be chosen by internet vote based on a livestreaming of the competition rounds. Participants may not have any contact with jury members during the competition.

All jury rules and regulations can be found in the jury manual (pdf, 179.8 KB).

Arrival and Accommodation

Participants should arrive on Thursday, December 5, 2019 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to They register personally at the competition office and present a valid photo ID.

Travel arrangements must be made by participants themselves. Participants will be reimbursed only for the shortest route between their place of residence and the competition venue.

Travel costs will be reimbursed as follows:

  • Max. EUR 250 for participants from European countries
  • Max. EUR 500 for participants from non-European countries

Please note that event organizers will only accept original documents (no photocopies) for the reimbursement of travel costs.

All candidates admitted to the competition will be offered free accommodation with a host family organized by the International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn for the duration of the competition. There will be a piano in all hosting families. Participants who prefer to stay in a hotel must bear the costs themselves. The project office will be glad to help in the choice of a hotel.

The organizers will not pay for the travel, board and lodging of accompanying persons, nor can host families accommodate them.

Collection of data and data privacy

We record, use and store data solely for the purposes of holding the competition, organizing follow-up events with the winner, and inviting participants to attend future rounds of the International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn. Such data will be deleted as soon as a participant exceeds the age limit for competing in the International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn. The data will not be disclosed to third parties.

You may at any time withdraw permission, in writing, for the further use of your data by the IBFB gGmbH.

Consent form

By signing the application form, participants agree to the following terms and conditions.

The repertoire submitted by the applicant with the application is binding. Retrospective alterations are not possible.

There will be no refund of the application fee if the applicant does not participate. The winner of the first prize pledges him or herself to perform with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn at the ‘BeethovenNacht’ in December 2020 in Bonn for no fee. However, there shall be no right on the part of the winner to take part. Furthermore, prizewinners commit themselves to perform at a concert of the Deutsche Telekom AG in 2018 for no fee.

Participants agree to disclose existing contractual obligations with agencies, including but not limited to contract duration or countries where contract is valid, as well as pre-existing contract engagements during the 24 months following the ITBCB 2019, as long as this information does not fall under a non-disclosure agreement.


By taking part in the competition, performers accept that IBFB gGmbH and/or its agents may make video and/or audio recordings and/or take photographs (referred to collectively as ‘recordings’) of the performances.

The participant grants IBFB gGmbH and Deutsche Telekom AG the exclusive right, unlimited in time and sub-licensable to third parties, to use the recordings and/or extracts thereof in all media, in particular to reproduce and broadcast/re-broadcast the recordings, as well as to make them publicly available and play them back in public. The above also includes the right to broadcast/re-broadcast the recordings live and/or at a later date on television and/or radio, as well as to make them publicly available on the internet and mobile portals.


Qualification round

Item 1
A fugue and prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach

Item 2
One of Ludwig van Beethoven’s last three sonatas op. 109, op. 110 or op. 111
In addition to the registration documents, the applicants must submit a video (DVD, Blu-Ray via WeTransfer to; the recording may not be edited and may not be cut during movements) in which they can be clearly seen and heard playing the repertoire. The works for the qualification round are the same as items 1 and 2 in the first judging round. The choice of works for the qualification round is binding for the 1st round. Subsequent changes will not be allowed.

First round

Date: December 6 to 8, 2019
Participants: 28
Duration of recital: 45 minutes each

Item 1
A fugue and prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach

Item 2
One of Ludwig van Beethoven’s last three sonatas op. 109, op. 110 or op. 111

Item 3
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
  • Polonaise in C major, op. 89

It also includes the right to copy the recordings onto DVD, Blu-ray and/or CD and to distribute these recordings for a fee or free of charge. Participants will receive free copies of the DVD, Blu-ray and/or CD recordings for their private use (but not for distribution).

For the purposes mentioned above, IBFB gGmbH and Deutsche Telekom AG may also cut and edit the recordings, respecting the rights of the artist to his or her personal integrity.

The above rights shall be granted free of charge as a condition of participation in the competition.

Second round

Date: December 9 to 10, 2019
Participants: 12
Duration of recital: 60 Minuten each

Item 4
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

Item 5
One or more works by Joseph Haydn, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Ferdinand Ries, Carl Maria von Weber, Carl Czerny, Ignaz Moscheles, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Max Reger oder Richard Strauss.

Third round: Semi-final

Date: December 11, 2019
Participants: 6
Duration of recital: 40 minutes each

Item 6
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

Item 7
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

Date: December 13, 2019
Participants: 3
Duration of recital: –

Item 8
A contemporary work, which was composed after 1980 (chosen by the performer, max. 10 minutes, must not be played from memory)

Item 9
One of the following piano trios by Ludwig van Beethoven, accompanied by chamber music partners Mkhail 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

Date: December 14, 2019
Participants: 3
Duration of recital: —

Item 10
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 the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major op. 61 (version for piano)

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


Cash prizes

1st prize: 30,000 €
2nd prize: 20,000 €
3rd prize: 10,000 €

Special prizes

Best interpretation of a piano concerto in the final
3,000 €

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.

Deutsche Telekom StreamOn Beethoven Award
Awarded by the online audience to one of the six semifinalists. The winner will receive € 1,000 donated by Deutsche Telekom AG and will perform a piano recital at the Deutsche Telekom Representative Office, Berlin.

Best interpretation of a piece of Robert Schumann in the Semifinaldonated 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 2,000 €


Applications are possible until May 10th, 2019.

Period of the competition: Dec 6 – Dec 14, 2019

Personal Details

Apply now online: Please complete the application form and follow the steps, how to transmit videos and documents. All information must be transmit before May 10, 2019.

Please keep the following documents (scanned / digital) available:

  • Portrait photo (colour picture)
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of application fee transaction receipt
  • Reviews, certificates of prizes won (optional, max. 5 documents)

Application form