Beethoven in his time

International chamber music competition


We are aware that many higher education institutions in Europe and the USA are closed and will likely remain so for some time to come. Along with various travel restrictions, opportunities for rehearsals, especially with the hammer piano, are limited for many.

Every participant deserves fair and equal conditions. We know that the current uncertainty is a burden for your preparation. That is why we decided with our sponsors and partners to postpone the competition.

Take care and be safe!

Registration deadline: 10th January 2021
Changing pieces: 31th March 2021
Competition: 25th - 30th May 2021


Patron: Freiburger Barockorchester


Approved are historical instruments or their replicas. Two fortepianos for the rating pieces (5 octaves and 6½ octaves) and six fortepianos for preparations are available to the participants.

The target group are young talented musicians during their studies or at the beginning of their professional music career.

There will be prizes for the overall competition.
Cash prizes                    total € 30,000 (1st to 3rd: € 15,000 - € 10,000 - € 5,000)
CD production                for Naxos International "Laureate series"

Concert engagements    Internationales Beethovenfest Bonn
(rewarded)                        RESONANZEN Siegburg
                                       Joseph Woelfl Gesellschaft Bonn (for the Special Prize
                                       Winner of the International J. Woelfl Society Vienna)
                                       Ferdinand Ries Gesellschaft
                                       (for best interpretation of Ferdinand Ries)
                                       StadtMuseum Bonn concert in the Schumannhaus Bonn
                                       Robert-Schumann Gesellschaft Zwickau concert in the
                                       Robert-Schumann-Haus Zwickau

Special prizes
Beethoven Haus Bonn     Facsimile edition
                                              for the best interpretation of a piece by Beethoven
Ferdinand Ries Award     € 1,000 for the best interpretation of a piece by Ries
Internationale Joseph Woelfl Gesellschaft Wien 300 € for the best interpretation of
                                              a piece by Joseph Woelfl
Wiener Urtext Edition        Sheet music
Richard Wagner Gesellschaft Bonn Scholarship for a single participant to visit the
                                              Bayreuth Festival
                                              for the most convincing individual performance

Audience Award               € 1,000