16th International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna May 4 – 14, 2020

Announcing the 16th edition of the International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna, May 4 – 14, 2020

Open to all pianists born between 1 January 1988 and 31 December 2000

International Auditions in January / February 2020 (including Video auditions). The application process starts end of June 2019.

Application Deadline will be 15 October 2019.

Check back soon for updates! By the end of June 2019, we will have announced the cities and dates of our Live Auditions. You can either apply by choosing to perform live, or by sending in a recording (see below).

The International Beethoven Piano Competition, with its focus on Beethoven’s works, is a renowned international milestone for the next generation of young pianists.


Bösendorfer Grand Piano Model 200

1st Prize: A BÖSENDORFER Grand Piano Model 200, sponsored by L. Bösendorfer GmbH, and 10.000,- Euro, sponsored by RPR Privatstiftung

2nd Prize: 7.500,- Euro

3rd Prize: 5.000,- Euro

4th – 6th Prize: 2.000,- Euro each

Several additional prizes and awards.

Artistic director: Univ.-Prof. Jan Jiracek von Arnim

Assistant: N.N.

International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna • mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna • Anton-von-Webern Platz 1, 1030 Vienna – AUSTRIA

Repertoire Requirements:

In selecting his/her competition programme, the candidate is requested to choose works from each of the following 6 groups and has to include one of the pieces marked by an asterisk (*).

  • Group 1: One of the sonatas from op. 2/1 to op. 26 (with the exception of op. 14/1 and 14/2)
  • Group 2: One of the sonatas from op. 27 to op. 90 (with the exception of op. 49/1, 49/2 and op. 79)
  • Group 3: One of the sonatas op. 101*, 106*, 109, 110, 111*, or Variations op. 120* (Diabelli Variations)
  • Group 4: One of the following variation-works: op. 34, 24 Variations on the Ariette: “Venni amore” by V. Righini (1790) WoO 65, 12 Variations on a Russian dance from the ballet “Das Waldmädchen” by R. Wranitzky WoO 71, 32 Variations c-minor WoO 80
  • Group 5: One of following pieces: Bagatelles op.33, Variations op. 35*, both Rondos op. 51/1, 51/2, Fantasy op. 77, Polonaise op. 89, Bagatelles op. 119, Bagatelles op. 126, Rondo op. 129, Andante favori WoO 57
  • Group 6: Two piano concertos, one from each group:
  • a) op. 15 or op. 19 or op. 37
  • b) op. 58 or op. 73

For the Screening Audition, the candidate must perform the following:

  1. One work chosen from Group 2 or 3
  2. One work from Group 4

(Please note: In case of a Video Audition, the works must be performed completely with all movements. In case of a Live Audition, the Screening Jury will interrupt the performance and/or ask for individual movements.)

For the First Round in Vienna, the candidate must perform one work each from Group 2 and 5

For the Semi Final Round in the Brahms-Saal of Musikverein Wien, each candidate must perform one work each from group 1 and 3

The Final Round of the 16th International Beethoven Piano Competition will take place on May 14th, 2020, in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein Wien. The three finalists must prepare two piano concertos from Group 6. On May 12th, 2020, the Jury will choose one of the piano concertos, to be performed with the Camerata Salzburg.

Live Screening Auditions:

The audition itself lasts approximately 15-20 minutes. All pieces must be prepared entirely and played by memory. The piece you are starting with can be chosen freely. Please note that the Jury is allowed to interrupt and to ask for another movement. All repeats must be played within Variations but can be chosen freely within Sonatas. Time for trying out the audition piano is limited to 5 minutes just before the actual audition.

Live Screening Auditions are planned for February 2020 in the following musical centers: Berlin, Vienna, Tokyo, New York City, and Shanghai.

Video Auditions:

Anyone incapable of participating at one of our International Screening Auditions may send in his or her recorded audition no later than January 15th, 2020 (no exceptions) instead of participating at one of the locations of our Screening Auditions. The recording can be send either by DVD or USB-Stick to our competition office (Lothringerstrasse 18, 1030 Wien, Austria) or via YouTube-Link, Dropbox-Link, WeTransfer or any other comparable service to info@beethoven-comp.at. It is mandatory that you apply for the competition via our online application form and that you pay the application fee (100 Euro) before sending in your application video.

Please understand that we cannot send back material sent to our office. Please mark your DVD or USB-Stick with your name.

The recording shall be taken by one camera, showing the right profile of the performer. To improve sound quality, the use of external microphones is advised.

The required program for the recorded Audition is the same as for the Live Auditions (for details, please refer to our Repertoire requirements). The recordings need to include all movements of all the chosen works!

We recommend the participation at one of our Live Screening Auditions, however, we want to offer this possibility to anyone unable to participate at those locations.


The final invitation to the 16th International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna will be announced on the 1st of March 2020 after completion of all pre-selections.

Is it your time to shine on the stage of the famous Golden Hall of the Musikverein Vienna?

(Rodolfo Leone, 1st Prize Winner of the Beethoven Competition 2017)

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