HAMBURG, 14TH - 19TH JULY 2020

Competition 2020


14th July 2020 – Opening concert, opening ceremony, draw

15th, 16th July 2020 – First round

17th July 2020 – Semi–final

18th July 2020 – Final round

19th July 2020 – Prize winner concert


• 1st Preize 5.000 €

• 2nd Preize 3.000 €

• 3rd Preize 1.500 €

Special Awards

• Chopin Prize: 1.000 EUR for the best interpretation of Fryderyk Chopin’s works

• Carl Bechstein Prize: 1.000 EUR for the best interpretation of works by following composers: Hans von Bülow, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy or Alexander Skrjabin

• Concert Prize: Recital at the F. Nowowiejski Philharmonic in Olsztyn (Poland). Prize given by the artistic director of the F. Nowowiejski Philharmonic

• Concert Prize: Recital at the Paderewski Festival in Raleigh, USA

• Concert Prize : Recital at the Silesian Beethoven Festival in Głogówek, Poland

• CD Production for Naxos with piano works by Adolf Gutmann

• Four Cultural Prizes: cultural travel in Poland.
Warsaw, Żelazowa Wola (Bir thplace of Chopin), Cracow, Zakopane (K. Szymanowski Museum)


First round (20 Min.)

Semi–final (30 Min.)

Final round (45 Min.)

The works are freely selectable for all rounds, however at least 20 minutes of Polish music should be included; for example by such composers as Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Juliusz Zarębski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Witold Lutosławski, Theodor Leschetizky und Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

In the first round the pianist may include a movement of a sonata or multi-movement work. They may play other movements of the same work in the semi-final or in the final round, but may not repeat any movement they have previously performed in the first round.

Candidates for the CD Production will be asked to include the composition(s) of Adolf Gutmann in their competition programme.

All pieces have to be played from memory. All works must be complete.

The changing of program is not allowed after the 1st of June 2020.

Competition Committee

Prof. Elmar Lampson, President of the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg

Piotr Golema, Consul General, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Hamburg

Klaus Heymann, Artistic director of the Naxos Label

Dr. Daniela Nerlich, Vice President of the Chopin Society Hamburg & Sachsenwald

Ansgar Wimmer, Chairman of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg

Gregor Willmes, Project manager of the Carl Bechste in Foundation in Berlin

Burkhard Muth, President of the German Leschetizky Society in Fernwald

Artistic Director

Prof. Hubert Rutkowski, University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg

Conditions of Participation

• Admitted to par ticipate are students of music uni versities, academies and conservatories fromm all countries.

• Applications in German or English.

• Minimum of 30 candidates and maximum of 40 candidates will be accepted and invited to the competition. The candidates will be informed of the respective decision no later than 1st Mai 2020.

• The order of performance will be drawn at random.

• All participants are in the agreement that the performances are recorded by radio and TV as well as broadcasted online.

• The Jury’s decision is final, any recourse to legal action is excluded.s

Application Regulation

The following documents must be sent until 15th of April 2020 by e-mail to info@leszetycki.org:

• Application form

• Photocopy of an identity card or passport

• Photocopy of the student identity card

• Curriculum vitae

• Photo

• Two letters of recommendation, provided by pedagogues or outstanding music personalities

Copy of the receipt of the tuition fee paid in the amount of 100,- € by bank transfer to the bank account held at the:

The Leschetizky Music Society Warsaw
IBAN: PL 92 1140 2017 0000 4812 0134 5511
Reason for payment:
Contribution Leschetizky International Piano Competition 2020

Contestants are kindly advised to make travel arrangements individually.

For more questions you can write an e-mail: info[at]leszetycki.org