11th Johann Nepomuk Hummel International Piano Competition

Member of the World Federation of International Music Competition


and the Alink – Argerich Foundation

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Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic

Bratislava, Slovak Republic
September 9th – 15th, 2024

Slovak Philharmonic


Slovak Philharmonic
Kristína Gotthardtová
Medená 3, 816 01 Bratislava
Phone: + 421 2 20475 220
e-mail: kristina.gotthardtova@filharmonia.sk


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Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837), a native of Bratislava, was considered to be one of the Europe´s greatest composers and pianists in his lifetime. He studied with Mozart, Albrechtsberger, Salieri and Haydn. As a composer Hummel stands on the borderline between epochs. His work embraced virtually all the genres at the turn of century (except of symphony) and he is an outstanding representative in writing of virtuoso piano music. Stylistically, Hummel´s music connects classical with many proto-Romantic elements. As one of the most renowned representatives of late Classicism, be developed the styles of Clementi, Mozart and Beethoven and portends those of Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, early Liszt and Schumann.

The International Johann Nepomuk Hummel Piano Competition would like to keep in memory the message of this great composer and piano virtuoso. At the same time it is the wish of the organizers that this competition will be the starting point of artistic careers of remarkable pianists.


  1. The application deadline is July 15th 2024.
  2. Please send the signed application form with attachments
    a) by post to
Johann Nepomuk Hummel International Piano Competition
    Slovak Philharmonic, Kristína Gotthardtová
    Medená 3, 816 01 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
    b) or scanned signed application form with attachments electronically to the e-mail addresses:
    marek.piacek@filharmonia.sk and kristina.gotthardtova@filharmonia.sk
  3. Attachments – please attach to the application form:
    a) 2 photographs (300 dpi) 9×13 or 10×15 cm suitable for print reproduction
    b) the copy about payment of the enrollment fee 50 to the bank account of Slovak Philharmonic,
    Medená 3, 816 01 Bratislava
    1. Cross-border SEPA transfer

    2. Cross-border transfer via an intermediary bank
    Download detailed payment instructions [PDF]
    The banking fees related to the transfer of the enrolment fee shall be paid by the candidate. Otherwise, the application will be neglected.
    The Slovak Philharmonic, as the organizer of the competition, has decided to accommodate the participants by reducing the participation fee to 50 EUR. Registered competitors who have paid the fee of 70 EUR will receive a partial refund of the participation fee upon their arrival in Bratislava.
  4. The repertoire on the application form is obligatory.
  5. The competition will be organized in three rounds: max. 12 candidates will pass from round one to round two and 3 candidates will pass from round two to round three.
  6. On September 8th 2024, 6PM, at the Slovak Philharmonic (Medená 3, Bratislava), lots will be drawn to set the order of the contestants. In the case of a participant’s absence, a member of the Competition Secretary will draw the lot instead of him/her.
  7. The Secretariat in the Slovak Philharmonic building (Medená 3, Bratislava) will be open on 8 September 2024, from 12:00.
  8. All rounds will be streamed and available at stream.filharmonia.sk.


  1. The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities born after 7 September 1994.
  2. The candidate’s identity and age will be verified before the opening of the competition.
  3. The entire program (except the Hummel’s Quintet) must be played by memory. In case of high number of participants, the jury is entitled to reduce the program of the 1st stage.
  4. The following main prizes will be awarded to winners of the 11th Johann Nepomuk Hummel International Piano Competition (in Euros):
    1st prize of the National Bank of Slovakia – EUR 6.000 (and three concerts at Slovak Philharmonic)
    2nd prize – EUR 4.000,
3rd prize – EUR 2.000.
    The winners of the main prizes get at the same time entitled the Competition Laureates. Besides that, other special prizes may be awarded.
  5.  The results of the competition will be announced publicly following the Competition finals on 15 September 2024 with the festive awarding of the prizes. The decision of the Jury is final.
  6. The Jury is entitled not to award certain prizes, to join or divide them. 1st prize cannot be shared.
  7. The competitor agrees that his/her performance may be recorded by Radio, TV and transmitted by internet.  The shots can be used to promote the Competition or its laureates at noncommercial base.
  8. Competition performances are not anonymous, and they are accessible to public.
  9. Competitors can request accommodation reservations from the competition secretariat.


1st Round

a) a sonata by W. A. Mozart
b) an etude by J. N. Hummel
c) an etude by F. Chopin from Op. 10 (except for No 3 and No 6) or from Op. 25 (except for No 7)
d) an etude by F. Liszt or A. N. Scriabin or S. Rachmaninoff or C. Debussy
Time limit for 1st round – 25 minutes

2nd Round

A recital consisting of works from at least two different style period, including a major work from the Romantic period. A piece from the previous round may not be repeated.
Time limit for 2nd round – min. 50, max. 60 minutes

3rd Round

a) J. N. Hummel: Piano quintet in E flat minor, Op. 87
b) one of the following concerts:
W. A. Mozart – No. 20 in D minor, KV 466; No. 25 in C major, KV 503; No. 27. In B flat major, KV 595
L. van Beethoven – No. 1 in C major, Op. 15; No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
J. N. Hummel – No. 2 in A minor, Op. 85


Chairman of the International Jury
Pavel Gililov

Marian Lapšanský Slovakia
Peter Pažický Slovakia
Martin Kasík Czech Republic
Leonel Morales Spain
Yaara Tal Israel
Jingge Yan China


11th Johann Nepomuk Hummel International Piano Competition Application form download here [PDF]