8th International Johann Nepomuk Hummel Piano Competition

Member of the World Federation of International Music Competition


and Alink-Argerich Foundation


Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic
Bratislava, Slovak Republic

14. – 20. september 2014

Slovak Philharmonic

Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava
The Bratislava Conservatory

Prof. Marian Lapšanský

Slovak Philharmonic
Slávka Ferencová
Medená 3, 816 01 Bratislava
Phone: + (421) 2 20475 266, Fax.: + (421) 2 20475 256
e-mail: ferencova@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 Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities born after 14 September 1982.
    2. Deadline for sending the applications is 15 July 2014 (the post stamp is decisive).
      Applications are received by:
      Mrs. Slávka Ferencová,Executive Manager,
      International Johann Nepomuk Hummel Piano Competition,
      Medená 3, 816 01 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
    1. The following documents are to be enclosed with the application form:
      1. two recent photographs 9×13 or 10×15 cm suitable for reproduction,
      2. the copy about payment of the enrollment fee 70 €1.) Payment instruction for the transfer of a cross-border payment via correspondent banking by the SEPA scheme:
        Payment instruction  SEPA:
        Beneficiary´s bank :
        Statna pokladnica
        Radlinskeho 32
        810 05 Bratislava
        Swift / BIC:  SPSRSKBAXXXBeneficiary´s account number IBAN:
        SK95 8180 0000 0070 0007 0107Beneficiary´s account name:
        Slovenska filharmonia
        Beneficiary´s address:
        Medena 3
        816 01 Bratislava

        2.) Payment instruction  for the transfer of a cross-border payment via correspondent banking  by the intermediary bank via SWIFT:
        Beneficiary´s bank :
        Vseobecna uverova banka, a.s.
        Mlynske Nivy 1
        829 90 Bratislava
        Swift / BIC:  SUBASKBXBeneficiary´s account number IBAN:
        SK95 8180 0000 0070 0007 0107Beneficiary´s account name:
        Slovenska filharmonia
        Beneficiary´s address:
        Medena 3
        816 01 Bratislava

        Variable symbol:       ddmmyyyy (date of birth)
        The banking fees related to the transfer of the enrolment fee shall be paid by the candidate. Otherwise the application will be neglected.

  1. The candidate´s identity and age will be verified before the opening of the competition.
  2. On 13 September 2014 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.
  3. The competition will be organized in three rounds: max. 14 candidates will pass from to 2nd and max. 3 candidates will pass into the Finale.
  4. The repertoire on the application form is obligatory.
  5. The entire programme (except the Hummel´s Quintet) has to be played by memory. In case of high number of participants the jury is entitled to reduce the programme of the 1st round.
  6. The following main prizes will be awarded to winners of the 8th International Johann Nepomuk Hummel Piano Competition (in Euros): : 1st Prize 4.000,- Eur (a tri koncerty v SR), 2nd Prize 3.000,-Eur, 3rd Prize 2.000,-Eur. The winners of the main prizes get at the same time entitled the Competition Laureats. Besides that, some other special prizes announced before the beginning of the competition may be awarded.
  7. The results of the competetion will be announced publicly following the Competition finals on 20 September 2014 with the festive awarding of the prizes. The decision of the Jury is final.
  8. The Jury is entitled not to award certain prizes, to join or divide them, with the exemption of the 1st prize, which cannot be shared.
  9. The competitor agrees that his/her performance may be recorded by Radio, TV and internet companies. The shots can be used to promote the Competition or its laureates at noncommercial base.
  10. Competition performances are not anonymous and they are accessible to public.
  11. If requested, accommodation will be reservated by the Secretariat of the Competition.


Round I
a) a sonata by J. Haydn or W. A. Mozart
b) an etude by J. N. Hummel
c) an etude F. Chopin
d) an etude by  F. Liszt (one etude from Etudes d´execution transcendante eventually from Grandes études de Paganini)
e) an etude by another composer by own choice. Previous composers are not allowed to be repeated.

Round II
Recital consisting works from at least two different style periods. The work from the previous stage shall not repeat.
Duration of Stage II: min. 50, max. 60 minutes

Round III
a) J. N. Hummel: Piano Quintet in E flat minor, Op. 87
b) one of the following concerts:
W. A. Mozart: F major KV 459, E flat major KV 482, C major KV 503, B flat major KV 595
L. van Beethoven: C major op. 15, C minor op. 37, G major op. 58
F. Chopin: E minor op. 11, F minor op. 21
J. N. Hummel: A minor op. 85


Pavel Gililov, Germany

Andrew Brownell, United States of America
Siavush Gadjiev, Italy
Hae Won Chang, South Korea
Martin Kasík, Czech Republic
Marian Lapšanský, Slovak Republic
Marcel Štefko, Slovak Republic


1. Prize:
Su Yeon KIM (Korea)
2. cena:
3. cena:
Michael DAVIDOV (Spain/Israel))
Special Petronius company award for the best Slovak pianist: Norbert DANIŠ.

Photogallery: International Johann Nepomuk Hummel Piano Competition Laureates , photo Valéria Zacharová

Application Form


3th  International J.N. Hummel Piano Competition – 1996 – Laureates

1st prize – Tao Chang, China
2nd prize – Paolo Wolfgango, Cremonte, Italy
3rd prize – Megumi Ito, Japan

2th International J.N. Hummel Piano Competition Laureates

1st prize – not awarded
2nd prize + Cena Hudobného fondu:
– Marcel Štefko, Slovak Republic
Tomáš Nemec, Slovak Republic
3rd prize
– Petra Matějová, Czech Republic
– Jevgenij Morozov, Ukraine

1th International J.N. Hummel Piano Competition Laureates

1st prize – not awarded
2nd prize – Jana Nagy-Juhász, Slovak Republic
3rd prize
– Jitka Čechová, Czech Republic
Nataliya Kislenko, Russia