Competition Rules & Regulations


  • The 15th International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna is open to pianists of either sex and of all nationalities, born between 1 Jan. 1985 and 31 Dec. 2000.
  • Applications are due by 15 October 2016
  • The completed application form should be received by the competition office (via Internet or by post) by 15 October 2016 along with the following documents:
  1. A photocopy of the applicant’s birth certificate or passport
  2. A current one-page biography or resume
  3. At least one color photograph (preferably in digital format with a resolution of 300dpi)

The documents shall not be returned. Incomplete application documents will result in the exclusion from the competition. The organising committee may decide to allow participation when the difference between the documents required and those provided is marginal, and does not contradict competition regulations.

  • On the application form, the applicant must state the city in which he/she wishes to play the entry examination.
  • The candidates will be notified in writing about the date of their entry examination once the application deadline is closed (15 October 2016).
  • Any alterations to the submitted programme must be notified to the competition office no later than 15 March 2017

Participation fee EUR 95.00
Please make sure the full amount is paid to the competition’s account and that no extra fees are charged by including the note „free of charge for the recipient“:

Account: Universitaet fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
Purpose: WB04BW01
Bank: UniCredit Bank Austria AG, Schottengasse 6-8, 1010 Wien
IBAN: AT121200051428590201

  • On receipt of the participation fee and all required documents the applicants will receive a confirmation email or letter.
  • In case of non-participation, the participation fee will not be reimbursed.
  • By sending in the application the candidate fully accepts the regulations of the competition.


  • The Competition consists of an entry examination (“international audition”) and three judging rounds, including the Finale with Orchestra.
  • All works must be played from memory.
  • The international auditions of the 15th International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna will be held in January and February 2017. (Venues will be announced)
  • The candidates have to indicate with their application, in which city the entry examination will be taken.
  • The three competition rounds are open to the public.
  • The Finale (3rd Round) will take place in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein Vienna and is planned to be recorded and broadcasted.
  • The candidates will be informed in writing of the date of their entry examination after the closing date for entries.
  • Candidates will be judged using a system of points, prizes will be awarded to those who reach the highest total of points from the three judging rounds.
  • The decisions of the Jury are final and cannot be reviewed.
  • Candidates‘ auditions will be heard according to alphabetic order, beginning with a letter drawn by lot. For each of the following rounds this order will be advanced by six letters.


  • The University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna assumes no responsibility for any expenses incurred by the participants to travel to/from the place of entry examination and/or competition.
  • Accommodation costs will only be covered for invited participants of the competition during their active participation. The hotel reservation is carried out by the competition office (single room in 3*** accommodation).
  • In case of special arrangements, costs will be covered up to the above mentioned category.
  • Moreover, any further expenses such as meals, tickets for public transport, etc, will not be reimbursed.


  • Video and audio recordings for radio and television as well as live-streaming and internet coverage of the competition are planned. The organizer of the competition reserves all rights (including any future recordings or coverage); any future claims by third parties will not be acknowledged.
  • The candidates are not entitled to any financial compensation that may result from radio and television coverage, or in the case of a CD production or audio/video releases via the internet.
  • By submitting their application, all participants grant the organizer of the competition the right to publish personal details and pass these on to third parties.


  • The competition regulations of the International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna are published in both German and English. In case of litigation, only the German text will be considered legally binding.
  • Cancellation: Should the organisational committee decide to cancel the competition, the candidates are entitled to the reimbursement of their application fee only.
  • The International Beethoven Piano Competition takes place once every 4 years.