58th year of a competition, which should have taken place in June 2020, won't take place until 2022 because of the unfavourable and unpredictible situation of Covid's pandemic. Organizers have decided to stop all preparations for the prestige competition Beethoven's Hradec as it wouldn't be possible to carry it out on the expected international level.
Dear young pianists, dear colleagues,
I would like to add a few words to the news about postponing the Beethoven’s piano competition in Hradec nad Moravicí for the second time. The organizer has told you about reasons for delaying the competition, certainly they are obvious as they are connected with a huge uncertainty in options for production of cultural, formal or educational activities in the nearest months. We hoped that we could get back to normality, to standard activities after the first wave of pandemic, but it didn’t happen. I know in what difficulties you are working now and understand that a preparation for an international competition could be one of a few motivating moments of these days. If you were looking forward to Hradec nad Moravicí and worked on the competition’s program, believe me, it wasn’t a wasted time. On the other hand, everything you’ve learned during the preparation, will be certainly useful and it will move you on in your piano development. Keep your favor to the competition. I strongly believe we will meet in June 2022.
Eliška Novotná, Chairwoman
More information about the reasons that led to postponing the competition are in the press release bellow (only in Czech).