Application period for the Beethoven Competition 2021 begins

Applications will be accepted from 09 November

Preparations for the ninth edition of the International Telekom Beethoven Competition have begun in Bonn. The international piano competition, which takes place every two years in Bonn and is organized by Deutsche Telekom AG, is scheduled to take place next year from December 2 to December 11, 2021. The competition deliberately wants to set an example, also in the time marked by the Corona pandemic, to continue the encouragement of young blood among talented pianists. 

In addition to registering via the competition's own homepage, applicants submit video material of a specified repertoire from the preliminary round. A selection committee will then decide on the admission of 28 participants to the competition in December. This time the selection committee will include Prof. Pavel Gililov, jury president and artistic director of the competition, Jingge Yan, former first prize winner of the Beethoven Competition and lecturer at the Mozarteum Salzburg, and Jinsang Lee, member of the Beethoven Trio Bonn.

For the competition itself, participants can expect a top-class jury with numerous musical personalities: Fumiko Eguchi from Japan, Leslie Howard from Australia, Yoheved Kaplinsky from the USA as well as Daejin Kim (Republic of Korea), Marian Lapšanský (Slovakia) and Jacques Rouvier (France) have confirmed their participation. The jury will be complemented by Konstantin Scherbakov (Russia) and Yaara Tal (Israel).