When do you publish the names of the Jury members?

The names of the members of our international jury will be published shortly.

What are the bank details for the registration fee?

The application becomes valid only after payment of the application fee of 100 Euro.

Please make sure the full amount is paid to the competition’s account, free of charge for the recipient

Account: Universitaet fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

Reference: WB04BW01

Bank: UniCredit Bank Austria AG, Schottengasse 6-8, 1010 Wien

IBAN: AT121200051428590201 | BIC: BKAUATWW

with the note “free of charge for the recipient”

The application fee is non-refundable.

I changed my mind after applying/sending in my application. Will I get my application fee back?

The registration fee is non-refundable.

How does the PRE-SELECTION PROCESS work?

The competition office of the International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna will review all applications to ensure that they are complete and meet the required technical standards. The competition office reserves the right to disqualify any applicant who does not meet the application requirements, or who has failed to pay the application fee.

A preliminary selection jury appointed by the competition office will view and evaluate the audition videos. This jury will then select up to 50 competitors that will be contacted by the competition office on December 1, 2025.

These 50 chosen applicants will be invited to the Online Video Round.

Which repertoire should be chosen for the audition video for the PRE-SELECTION PROCESS:

Two (2) audition videos* (one video per work):

  • Any piano sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven (a single movement or a complete sonata, free of choice)
  • One other composition by Ludwig van Beethoven (free of choice, the work must be performed in its entirety)

What about repeats in my chosen repertoire - shall I play them?

Repeats in the performed repertoire are optional. Whether you do the repeats or not, will not affect the voting of the jury.

How do I send the two (2) audition videos for the PRE-SELECTION PROCESS?

The recordings can be sent via YouTube-Link, Dropbox-Link, WeTransfer or any other comparable service to info@beethoven-comp.at. It is mandatory that you apply for the competition via our online application form and that you pay the application fee (100 Euro) before sending in your application video.

The audition videos for this pre-selection process must be of good quality with good audio. Videos must not be edited or modified in any way. Videos recorded at earlier concerts or other competitions are also accepted. Repertoire recorded for the audition videos may be included also in other rounds.

Please be advised that these application videos are for the pre-selection process only, and additional videos will have to be provided when you are invited to the official Online Video Round (see below).

I was not selected in the pre-selection process. Will I get my application fee back?

The registration fee is non-refundable.

How does the ONLINE VIDEO ROUND work?

Only those who are invited on December 1, 2024 can take part in the online video round. The videos for the video round must be submitted by February 15, 2025.

Specific guidelines regarding camera and microphone settings will be sent out together with the invitations to the Online Video Round.

Compositions recorded for the audition videos can also be played in other rounds. Detailed information on the repertoire and the repertoire groups can be found in the repertoire requirements.

I have been chosen for the Online Video Round. Until when can I change my repertoire?

You may change the repertoire of your videos until you send in the recordings, no later than February 15, 2025. Please observe the repertoire regulations:

  • One work from Group 2 or 3
  • One work from Group 4

I have been chosen for the Live Rounds in Vienna. Until when can I change my repertoire?

Changes to your repertoire are permitted until March 31, 2025. Please observe the repertoire requirements for the live rounds as stated in our rules.

Will my travel and hotel expenses in Vienna be paid?

You will have to pay for your own travelling expenses and accommodation.

Does The Beethoven Vienna provide practice rooms for the candidates?

The mdw will provide several practice rooms for the 21 candidates during the live competition rounds. Additionally, the mdw will provide rooms with adequate pianos before your performance to warm up and get ready for your performance.


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