Competition programme

Preselection Round (Video)

Works to be prepared for the preselection:
(playing time max. 30 minutes)

1. One of the Sonatas

by Joseph Haydn or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or one of the following sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven:

op. 2 /1, 2, 3
op. 7
op. 10/1, 2, 3
op. 13

op. 14/1
op. 22
op. 26
op. 27 /1, 2

op. 28
op. 31 /1, 2, 3
op. 78

2. Two Etudes

a) one of them by Frédéric Chopin (excluded are the three etudes without opus number and etude op. 10, Nr.6)
b) and one of the following composers:
Béla Bartók, Claude Debussy, Marc-André Hamelin, György Ligeti, Sergej Rachmaninov, Alexander Skrjabin


If the performance of the complete sonata (1) exceeds the allowed playing time, the competitors must choose which movements are played; the first movement is obligatory. Both etudes (2) must be performed completely.

The preselection will be done by assessing the sent-in videos. Please send a video with a maximum duration of 30 minutes. The recording must have taken place within the past six months. You are not allowed to edit or cut the video, but the movements of a work may be recorded separately. Your face and your hands should be clearly visible during the entire performance.

Please upload the video on The video should not be protected by a password nor may it be public. Please include the exact information about the works, their movements and the durations in the commentary field of the YouTube-video. Please include the YouTube-link into the application form. It will be forwarded to the Jury.

Rounds in Presence (Bremen)

Please note:
The programme performed in presence must include one work by a female composer. The contestants may choose to perform this work either in the quarter-final or semi-final round.

Quarter-Final ‘Schubert Round’

Works to be prepared:
(playing time max. 60 minutes)

1. A piano sonata by Franz Schubert

or one of the following pieces:
Fantasie C-Dur D.760 (‘Wanderer’)
4 Impromptus D.899
4 Impromptus D.935
3 Piano Pieces D.946
(excluded Schubert-Sonatas:
D.157, D.279, D.459, D.557, D.566, D.840)

2. A work composed after 1970

This work must be composed by a composer from the contestant’s own home country.

3. Freely selected programme, should there be time left.

Semi-Final Round

Works to be prepared for the semi-final round:
(playing time including verbal presentation max. 70 minutes)

A recital programme of your own choice. The contestants are obliged to include a verbal presentation of their progam either in German or English. The duration of the presentation can be decided by the contestants themselves. The entire duration of the performance may not exceed 70 minutes. The recital programme may follow a specific theme, but this is not obligatory.

Final Round with Orchestra

One of the following piano concertos must be prepared for the final with the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra:

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C minor
Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G major
Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major
Frédéric Chopin: Concerto No. 1 E minor
Frédéric Chopin: Concerto No. 2 F minor
Wolfgang A. Mozart: Concerto K V 271 E-flat major
Wolfgang A. Mozart: Concerto K V 466 D minor
Wolfgang A. Mozart: Concerto K V 482 E-flat major
Wolfgang A. Mozart: Concerto K V 488 A major
Sergej Rachmaninow: Concerto No. 2 C minor
Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto No. 2 G minor
George Gershwin: Concerto in F


The pianists can choose whether to play their competition programme from memory and whether to play repetitions within one work. A change of programme is only possible in special cases and before December 15th, 2023.


Despite careful checking, no liability can be assumed for the accuracy of the information given in this brochure.