For competitors

58th Beethoven’s Hradec International Music Competition is announced for the piano.

The competition is open to artists aged 30 or less. All competition rounds are open to the public; competitors do not play anonymously. Audio or video recordings made during the competition may be used for promotional purposes without the competitors’ further consent. No copyright related to the aforementioned use of recordings is applicable.

The competition is held on 16—20 June, 2021, at the Hradec nad Moravicí castle, Czech Republic, in which the Lichnovský family once hosted a number of prominent figures, including Ludwig van Beethoven in 1806 and 1811 and Franz Liszt in 1846 and 1848.

The 58th International Piano Competition is organised by Beethovenův Hradec, z. s. and the Basic Art School, Opava in cooperation with the National Heritage Institute – the Hradec nad Moravicí Castle Administration, and with the financial support of the Moravian-Silesian Region, the Czech Ministry of Culture, and other sponsoring parties.


Applicants must register using the online application form. A photograph and a receipt of the entry fee payment must be attached to the application form. The deadline for submitting application forms is 18 april, 2021. All candidates accepted to the competition will be sent further information to the email addresses specified in their application forms by 3 May 2021. The competition is limited to 45 participants; any applications exceeding this number will not be accepted.

Elektronické přihlášky budou spuštěny do konce roku 2020.

Entry fee

Competitors must pay the entry fee of EUR 65 (or CZK 1600) to the following bank account by no later than 18 April 2021.

Bank: Fio banka, a.s.
Address: V Celnici 1028/10, 117 21 Praha 1, Czech Republic
Payee: Beethovenův Hradec, z. s.
Payee’s Address: Beethovenův Hradec, z. s., Poděbradova 3055/61a, 702 00 Ostrava, Czech Republic
IBAN: CZ97 2010 0000 0029 0149 0376
Message for the Payee: BH 2021 – “candidate's name” (e.g. BH 2021 – John Smith)

It is strongly recommended that the candidate’s name and the payment purpose be included in the transfer order. The entry fee is non-refundable.


1st round maximum playing time 15 minutes.
a) Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue (from the Well Tempered Clavier — Books I and II)
b) Franz Liszt: Etude (any Etude for the piano)

2nd round playing time 35 – 45 minutes
a) Ludwig van Beethoven: any Sonata (all movements)
b) A major piece/pieces for the piano (a selection of pieces from a set also possible) written in the 19th , 20th or 21st century

3rd round* One of the concertos for piano and orchestra by Ludwig van Beethoven:
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, op. 15
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, op. 19
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, op. 58
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, op. 73

Pieces in all three rounds have to be played from memory.

*The 3rd round of the competition will take place in cooperation with the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava. The competition organiser reserves the right to hold the 3rd round with piano accompaniment. Such change will be published on the festival and competition website,, no later than by the end of April 2021.


16 June (Hradec nad Moravicí Castle)
1.00–5.00 p.m. – Registration
5.30 p.m – First round draw
6.30 p.m – Opening concert
Performing: Eliška Novotná — piano, Jiří Hanousek — violoncello and Karel Dohnal — clarinet
Programme: L. van Beethoven, J. Brahms

17 June (Hradec nad Moravicí Castle) 9.00 a.m. — First round

18 June (Hradec nad Moravicí Castle) 9.00 a.m. — Second round

19 June (Ostrava House of Culture – Dům kultury města Ostravy) Final round — Contestants’ orchestra rehearsal

20 June (Hradec nad Moravicí Castle) 3.00 p.m. — Third round (with the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava)


Eliška Novotná — Czech Republic

Members of the Jury
Arta Arnicane — Latvia, Switzerland
Nataša Veljković - Serbia, Austria
Magdalena Lisak — Poland
David Mareček — Czech Republic

Main prizes

1st prize – CZK 50,000
2nd prize – CZK 30,000
3rd prize – CZK 20,000

Special prizes

CZK 5,000 for the best competitor from the Czech Republic.

CZK 5,000 for the best concerto performance in the 3rd round.

A piano recital held as part of Chamber Concert Series 2021–2022 in Czech Radio Ostrava.

First edition of Johann Joseph Rösler’s Piano Concerto in E flat major no. 2.

The jury reserves the right to not award some of the prizes and to divide the corresponding financial reward should a prize be awarded to more than one contestant. The decision of the jury is final.


Competitors are responsible for arranging and paying their own accommodations. Hotels and hostels at different price levels are available in Hradec nad Moravicí as well as in the nearby town of Opava. The organiser is not responsible for underage competitors nor liable for any potential damage that may arise during the course of the competition.

Tips for accommodation are available at the website of Tourist Information Center Hradec nad Moravicí.

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