10th Johann Nepomuk Hummel International Piano Competition


10th Johann Nepomuk Hummel International Piano Competition

Member of the World Federation of International Music Competition
and the Alink – Argerich Foundation


Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic

Slovak Philharmonic

Prof. Marian Lapšanský

Slovak Philharmonic
Johann Nepomuk Hummel International Piano Competition
Markéta Štefková
Medená 3, 816 01 Bratislava
Phone: + (421) 905 662165
e-mail: marketa.stefkova@filharmonia.sk


Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778–1837), a native of Bratislava, was considered one of the greatests composers and pianists during his life. He studied with Mozart, Albrechtsberger, Salieri and Haydn. As a composer Hummel bridges two epochs. His output comprises almost all significant music genres of the turn of the 19th century (excluding symphony). He excelled most of all in the realm of virtuoso piano music. From the stylistic point of view Hummel unites elements of Late Classicism (being considered its most important representative in his time) with many Early Romantic elements. Thus Hummel is an exponent of the style which follows the legacy of Clementi, Mozart and Beethoven, simultaneously adumbrating Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, young Liszt and Schumann.

The Johann Nepomuk Hummel International Piano Competition aims at helping the active cultivation of the legacy of this great composer and piano virtuoso. Simultaneously the organizers hope to help young remarkable pianists to start a concert career.

Due to the situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the organizers decided to change the Competition Rules of the 10th Johann Nepomuk Hummel International Piano Competition

  1. The deadline for submission of application forms has been postponed to July 30, 2021. The application form has to be sent via e-mail only.
  2. The reperteoire for the 1st round can be changed until August 20, 2021, of the 2nd nad 3rd round until October 28, 2021.
  3. The enrolment fee is 50 €.
  4. The 1st round will take place online based on the evaluation of video recordings with the repertoire (played by heart) stated by the competitor in the application form.
  5. Competitors have to submit the video recording at https://stream.filharmonia.sk/hummel2021/ not later than by September 5, 2021 23:59 GMT. Confirmation about receiving of the recording complying with the requirements will be sent to competitors by September 13th, 2021.
  6. The results of the 1st round will be announced by September 30th 2021 at the latest. A maximum of twelve competitors advancing to the 2nd round will attend the next part of the competition in person in the Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava.
  7. Arrival in Bratislava will be on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. The order of the competitors will be determined by drawing lots at 18.00. In the absence of the competitor, a member of the Competition Office draws on his behalf.
  8. The 2nd round will take place on November 24 – 25, the announcement of the competitors advancing to the final will take place on November 25, 2021 after the end of the 2nd round of the competition.
  9. Three competitors will advance to the 3rd round of the competition (final). The final will take place on November 26 – 27. Departure from Bratislava will be on November 28, 2021.
  10. In case of an unfavourable pandemic situation, the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the competition will take place without audience. Both rounds will be streamed and available at stream.filharmonia.sk
  11. All the other Competition Conditions remain the same.

Requested requirements for the video recording

  • the video recording for competition purposes cannot be made earlier than June 1st, 2021 and it has to be sent by September 5, 2021
  • the video recording may be made using a static camera or mobile phone
  • the whole performance must be recorded in one shot without cuts
  • video or sound editing, or postproduction is not allowed
  • the recording does NOT need to be professional studio quality
  • the camera must be static, the face and hands of the contestant must be clearly visible
  • competitors are required to verbally introduce their performance with saying of his / her name and the sentence “Hummel Competition 2021”
  • upload your recording to a cloud server such as Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive, WeTransfer, Baidu Cloud Drive, or any similar downloadable alternative etc. (not YouTube nor Vimeo)
  • submit the file at: https://stream.filharmonia.sk/hummel2021/ – always set the access to the video as public

Recommended technical requirements (non-obligatory):

  • video quality – display resolution 720p or 1080i or 1080p
  • file format – mp4, mov, mpg
  • codec – h264, hevc, mpeg-2
  • embedded audio quality – PCM 44.1 kHz/16-bit, 48 kHz/24-bit, mp3 with bitrate at least 256 kbps, aac at least 128 kbps

Former Competition Rules

  1. Pianists of all nationalities born after September 6th 1989 are welcome to take part in the competition.
  2. The filled-in application form should be sent no later than on May 31st 2021 in an electronic form, with an attached document confirming the enrolment fee payment and a photo of the applicant in a .jpg, .tiff or .png file, 300 dpi with the dimensions of the picture being 10 x 15 cm, to the address marketa.stefkova@filharmonia.sk
  3. Please pay the enrolment fee € 50 to the bank account of:
    Slovak Philharmonic
    Medená 3, 816 01 Bratislava
    Slovak Republic
    The name and address of the bank:
    Radlinského 32,
     810 05 Bratislava,
    Slovak Republic

    IBAN: SK95 8180 0000 0070 0007 0107
    Variable symbol: date of birth (ddmmyyyy)
    The banking fees related to the transfer of the enrolment fee shall be paid by the candidate. Otherwise the application will be disregarded.
  4. The date of the arrival at the competition is  September 5th in the afternoon, the date of departure on 13th September 2021 in the morning.
  5. After arrival to Bratislava the applicants will be asked to prove their identity and age.
  6. The order of the competitors will be decided by lots on 5th September 2021 at 6 p.m.
    In the absence of the competitor an official of the Competition Secretary draws lots on his/her behalf.
  7. The Competition will proceed in three rounds.
  8. The repertory provided in the application form is obligatory.
  9. The whole programme – excluding Hummel’s Trio – should be played by heart.
    In the case the first round has an excessively high number of participants the jury is authorised to shorten the programme of the first round.
  10. For the 10th year of the J. N. Hummel International Piano Competition the following prizes are announced:
    1st prize Eur 6.000 (including three concerts in the Slovak Republic),
    2nd prize Eur 4.000,
    3rd prize Eur 2.000.
    The awarded holders of main prizes will be simultaneously conferred the title of the laureate of the competition.
    The jury is approved to award also other special prizes.
  11. The result will be publicly announced after the final of the competition on September 12th 2021 at the awards ceremony.
    The decision of the jury is conclusive.
  12. The jury has a right not to award a prize or combine prizes except the 1st prize, which is indivisible.
  13. The competitor agrees to his/her performances being recorded by radio and television and streamed on the internet.
    The records may be used for the promotion of the competition and its laureates on a non-commercial basis.
  14. The competition performances are not anonymous, and they are accessible to the public.
  15. The competitors are entitled to ask the Competition Office for the reservation of the accommodation.


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

2nd round of the competition
A recital consisting of works of at least two style periods, including a significant work from the era of Romanticism. No piece from the first round should be repeated.
Time limit for the 2nd round: – min. 50, max. 60 minutes

3rd round of the competition
a) one piece selected from J. N. Hummel’s following piano trios:
in F major Op. 22, in G major Op. 35, in E major Op. 83, in E flat major Op. 96

b) one piece selected from the following piano concertos:
W. A. Mozart: No. 24 in C minor KV 491, No. 25 in C major KV 503, No. 26 in D major 537, No. 27 in B flat major KV 595
L. van Beethoven: No. 1 in C major Op. 15, No. 3 in C minor Op. 37, No. 4 in G major Op. 58
J. N. Hummel: No. 2 in A minor Op. 85
F. Chopin: No. 2 in F minor Op. 21


Pavel Gililov

Eugen Indjić
Ivo Kahánek 
Czech Republic
Marian Lapšanský Slovak Republic
Torleif Torgersen
Marcel Štefko
Slovak Republic

Download here Application Form