6th International Johann Nepomuk Hummel Piano Competition

Member of the World Federation of International Music Competition



Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic
Bratislava, Slovak Republic
15. – 21. september 2008

Slovak Philharmonic

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 1976.
    2. Deadline for sending the applications is 13 June 2008 (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 50 € to the bank account of:
        Slovak Philharmonic, Medená 3, 816 01 Bratislava,
        The name and address of the bank:
        Všeobecná úverová banka, Mlynské nivy 1
        829 90 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
        SWIFT:             SUBASKBX
        IBAN:                SK95 8180 0000 0070 0007 0107
        Slovenská filharmónia, Medená 3, 916 01 Bratislava
        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 neglected.
  1. The candidate´s identity and age will be verified before the opening of the competition.
  2. On 14 September 2008 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. 15 candidates will pass from round one to round two and 6 candidates will pass from round two to round three.
  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 stage.
  6. The following main prizes will be awarded to winners of the 6th International Johann Nepomuk Hummel Piano Competition (in Slovak Crowns): 1st prize – SKK 120.000 (and three concerts in Slovakia), 2nd prize – SKK 80.000, 3rd prize – SKK 60.000.
    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 jury wil consist of significant Slovak and international artists and pedagogues, with a majority of international jurors. The names of the jurors will be announced at the Competition´s opening.
  8. The results of the competition will be announced publicly following the Competition finals on 21 September 2008 with the festive awarding of the prizes. The decision of the Jury is final.
  9. 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.
  10. The competitor agrees that his/her performance may be recorded by Radio, TV companies. The shots can be used to promote the Competition or its laureates at noncommercial base.
  11. Competition performances are not anonymous and they are accessible to public.
  12. If requested, accommodation will be reservated by the Secretariat of the Competition.


Stage I.
a) a sonata by J. Haydna alebo W. A. Mozarta
b) an etude J. N. Hummela
c) an etude F. Chopina
d) an etude by F. Liszt (one etude from Etudes d´execution transcendante eventually from Grandes études de Paganini)
e) an etude by  S. Rachmaninov or A. Skriabin or S. Prokofiev

Stage 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.

Stage III.
a) J. N. Hummel: Piano Quintet E flat minor, Op. 87
and the one of the following concerts:
W. A. Mozart – C minor, K. 491, A major K. 488, E flat major K. 482:
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



Marian Lapšanský, Slovak Republic

Rolf-Dieter Arens, Germany
Giovanni Umberto, Battel, Italy
Gustav Djupsjöbacka, Finland
Joanna Domańska, Poland
Sándor Falvai, Hungary
Zuzana Paulechova-Štiasna, Slovak Republic
Peter Toperczer, Czech Republic


1st Prize:
Christine Zhao Ning, (China)
2nd Prize + The Special Competition Prize:
Matej Arendárik, (Slovak Republic)
3rd Prize:
Santa Ikemoto, (Japan)
Sung Ho Yang, (South Korea)

2008 Bulletin

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