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 12th to 16h June 2024 (1st and 2nd round in Minorit Monastery in Opava, 3rd round in St. Václav’s Church in 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.

Rules of procedure for the jury 2024


Applicants will fill in till 10th April 2024 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 2024.

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 2024 — “candidate’s name” (e.g. BH 2024 — 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

One of the following concertos:
- L. van Beethoven: The Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
- P. I. Tchaikovsky: Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
- J. Sibelius: Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
- A. Dvořák: Concerto in A minor, Op. 53
- F. M. Bartholdy: Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

*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 2024. nejpozději do konce dubna 2024.


| 12th June
8.00 a.m. - 4.00 p. m. - Registration of Competitors (Primary School of Arts Opava)
5.15 p.m. - Competition draw (the Hall of the Minorit Monastery, Opava)
6.00 p. m. - the Opening Concert (the Hall of the Minorit Monastery, Opava)

| 13th June (the Hall of the Minorit Monastery, Opava)
8.00 a.m - First round

| 14th June (the Hall of the Minorit Monastery, Opava)
8.00 a.m. — Second round

| 15th June (cinema Vesmír, Ostrava)
1 p.m. Final round — Contestants’ orchestra rehearsal

| 16th June (St. Václav’s Church, Opava)
3.00 p.m. — Third round (with the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava)


Jiří Vodička the chairman of the jury
Herwig Zack (Germany)
Beata Warykiewicz-Siwy (Poland)
Petr Maceček
Jan Fišer

Main prizes

1st prize – CZK 80,000
2nd prize – CZK 40,000
3rd prize – CZK 20,000

Special prizes

Special prize of CZK 5,000 for a unique interpretation performance

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

A violin recital held as part of Chamber Concert Series 2024—2025 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.

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