For competitors

59th Beethoven’s Hradec International Music Competition is announced for the violin.

The competition is open to artists aged 30 or less. All competition rounds are open to the public; competitors do not play anonymously. Competitors can use an offer of piano accompaniment arranged by the compettion oganizer. The piano accompaniment fee totals EUR 40 (or CZK 1000) and is payable on the spot. 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 going to take place from 14th to 18th June 2023 in the town of Opava 1st and 2nd round will be held in the Minorit Monastery, 3rd round in the Silesian Theatre Opava).

The 59th International Piano Competition is organised by Beethovenův Hradec, z. s. and the Primary Art School in Opava with the financial support of the Moravian-Silesian Region, the Czech Ministry of Culture, The Život umělce Foundation, and other sponsoring parties.


Applicants will fill in the application online (until 10th April 2023), which include a photo and a confirmation of payment of entry fee. Because of capacity there will be accepted first 45 applications.

Entry fee

Competitors must pay the entry fee of EUR 80 (or CZK 2000) to the following bank account by no later than 10 April 2023.

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., Nádražní okruh 647/11, 746 01 Opava
IBAN: CZ97 2010 0000 0029 0149 0376
Message for the Payee BH 2023 — “candidate’s name” (e.g. BH 2023 — 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 - the duration of this round must not exceed 20 minutes, all compositions must be performed from memory
a) J. S. Bach: 3rd and 4th movement from one of the following sonatas:
- Sonata in G minor, BWV 1001 (Siciliano and Presto)
- Sonata in A minor, BWV 1003 (Andante and Allegro)
- Sonata in C major, BwV 1005 (Largo and Allegro assai)
b)  L. van Beethoven: Romance in G major, Op. 40
c) Capriccio or étude for solo violin (free choise)

2nd round the duration of this round must not exceed 45 minutes, all compositions - with the exception of the sonata by L. van Beethoven - must be performed from memory
a) W. A. Mozart: 1st movement with cadenza from one of the following concertos:
- Concerto in G major, KV 216
- Concerto in D major, KV 218
- Concerto in A major, KV 219
b) L. van Beethoven: one of sonatas for violin and piano (complete, 1st movement without repetition)
c) one of the following cpompositions:
- P. de Sarasate: Gypsy Airs, Op. 20
- H. Wieniawski - Polonaise de Concert in D major No. 1, Op. 4
- N. Paganini: Moses Fantasy
- P. I. Thaikovsky: Valse scherzo in C major, Op. 34
- A. Bazzini: La ronde les Lutins, Op. 25

3rd round* – all compositions must be performed from memory
L. van Beethoven: The Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

*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 2023.


| 14th June (the Hall of the Minorit Monastery, Opava)
1.00—5.00 p.m. Registration of Competitors
5.15 p.m. First round draw
6.00 p.m. Opening concert 

Program of the opening concert

Leoš Janáček - Sonata for violin and piano
Antonín Dvořák - Silent woods and Rodno for violoncello and piano 
Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Trio op. 70 no. 2 in Eb-Major

Performers: Piano Trio of the Czech Philharmonic - violin - Jiří Vodička, cello - Václav Petr and piano - Martin Kasík

| 15th June (the Hall of the Minorit Monastery, Opava)
8.00 a.m - First round

| 16th June (the Hall of the Minorit Monastery, Opava)
8.00 a.m. — Second round

| 17th June (the Silesian Theatre, Opava)
1 p.m. Final round — Contestants’ orchestra rehearsal

| 18th June (the Silesian Theatre, Opava)
3.00 p.m. — Third round (with the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava)


Will be specified.

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.

A violin recital held as part of Chamber Concert Series 2023—2024 in Ostrava.

Urtext edition of Concerto in A minor for violin and orchestra Op. 53 Antonín Dvořák.

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 the 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.

Information about the town of Opava are aviable on the sites of the Tourist Information Centre..

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