57th International Music Competition

Beethoven's Hradec 2019

The 57th International Viola Competition is organised by Beethovenův Hradec, z.s., in cooperation with the National Heritage Institute – the Hradec nad Moravicí Castle Administration, and with the financial support of the Moravian-Silesian Region, the Czech Ministry of Culture, and other sponsoring parties.

The competition is open to artists aged 30 or less. All competition rounds are open to the public; competitors do not play anonymously. Piano accompanists will be available for all competitors. The piano accompaniment fee is EUR 35 (or CZK 900), to be paid in full at the time of the competition. Audio or video recordings made during the competition may be used for promotional purposes without any further consent from the competitor(s). No copyright related to the aforementioned use of recordings is applicable.

The competition is held between June 12 – 16, 2019 at the Hradec nad Moravicí castle, Czech Republic, in which the Lichnovský family once hosted a number of prominent figures, including Ludwig van Beethoven from 1806–1811 and Franz Liszt from 1846–1848.


Applicants must register using the online application. A photograph and a receipt of the entry fee payment must be attached to the application form. The deadline for submitting applications is 12 April 2019. All candidates accepted to the competition will be sent further information to the email addresses specified in their application forms by 26 April 2019. The competition is limited to 45 participants; any applications exceeding this number will not be accepted.

Entry fee

Competitors must pay the entry fee of EUR 65 (or CZK 1600) to the following bank account no later than 12 April 2019.

Bank: Fio banka, a.s.
Address: V Celnici 1028/10, 117 21 Praha 1, Czech Republic
Payee: Beethovenův Hradec, z. s.
Payee’s Address: Beethovenův Hradec, z. s., Poděbradova 3055/61a, 702 00 Ostrava, Czech Republic
IBAN: CZ97 2010 0000 0029 0149 0376
Message for the Payee: BH 2019 – “candidate's name”
(e.g. BH 2019 – John Smith)

It is strongly recommended that the candidate’s name and the payment purpose be included in the transfer order. The entry fee is non-refundable.


Competitors are responsible for arranging and paying their own accommodations, as well as for the accommodation of any pianist that they bring to perform with them. Hotels and hostels at different price levels are available in the Hradec nad Moravicí as well as in the nearby town of Opava. The organiser is not responsible for underage competitors nor liable for any potential damage that may arise during the course of the competition.


12 June
1.00 – 5.00 p.m.: Registration
5.30 p.m.: First round draw
6.30 p.m.: Opening concert
Programme: B. Martinů, P. Hindemith and S. Rachmaninov
Performing: Kristina Fialová – viola, Jitka Čechová – piano

13 June
9.00 a.m.: 1st round

14 June
9.00 a.m.: 2nd round

15 June
Final Round Contestants’ Orchestra Rehearsa

16 June
3.00 p.m.: 3rd round (accompaniment provided by the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava)


Vladimír Bukač / Czech Republic

Jan Pěruška / Czech Republic

Pierre-Henri Xuereb / France

Michael Kugel / Belgium

Piotr Reichert / Poland

Main prizes

1st prize – CZK 50,000

2nd prize – CZK 30,000

3rd prize – CZK 20,000

Special prizes

A viola recital held as part of Chamber Concert Series 2019–2020 in Czech Radio Ostrava.

A performance with the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava in the 2020–2021 concert season (Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava reserves the right to refrain from awarding the prize).

A master bow for the winner.

CZK 5,000 for the best competitor from the Czech Republic.

CZK 5,000 for the best concerto performance in the 3rd round.

The new edition of Jan Křtitel Vaňhal’s Concerto in C major for Viola and Orchestra.

The jury reserves the right to not award some of the prizes and to divide the corresponding financial reward should a prize be awarded to more than one contestant. The decision of the jury is final.


1st round maximum playing time 15 minutes. Must be memorized. Pieces for solo viola.
a) Two contrasting movements from one of the following Suites. Johann Sebastian Bach – Suites for Solo Cello:
• Suite no. 3 in C major BWV 1009
• Suite no. 4 in E flat major BWV 1010
• Suite no. 5 in C minor BWV 1011 (orig. with a scordature)
• Suite no. 6 in D major BWV 1012

b) One etude from the following selection:
(original viola etudes)
• Franz Anton Hoffmeister: nos. 1, 4, 5, 9
• Jiří Herold (Editio Supraphon): nos. 1, 2, 5
(original violin etudes):
• Pierre Rode: nos. 4, 11, 13, 19
• Rudolf Kreutzer: nos. 35, 38
• Jacob Dont: nos. 2, 3, 13, 20
2nd round playing time 30 – 40 minutes
a) Use of music is permitted. A sonata (complete work) for viola and piano such as those by:
• R. Clarke, M. Reger, B. Martinů, Y. Bowen, C. Franck,
J. Feld (Sonata 1955), P. Hindemith, J. Brahms, D. Milhaud, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, N. Paganini, A. Rubinstein, D. Shostakovich, F. Schubert, H. Vieuxtemps, and others
a choice of one (complete) piece from the following selection:
• L. van Beethoven: Nocturne op. 42 (W. Primrose version)
• E. Bloch: Suite for viola and piano
• J. Feld: Musica concertante /Editio Supraphon S 7528/

b) Any piece (except for a sonata) for solo viola or viola and piano. The selection must be memorized. (In order to keep the required time limit, the contestant may choose to perform a selection from a cycle or an individual movement.)
If less familiar repertoire is chosen, the contender is required to send the piano part to the address of the competition no later than 1 month before the competition starts or arrange their own pianist.
3rd round* Must be memorized. Pieces for viola and orchestra.
One of the following concertos for viola and orchestra:
• Béla Bartók: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
(Tibor Serly version)
• William Walton: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
• Bohuslav Martinů: Rhapsody-Concerto H. 337
• Paul Hindemith: Schwanendreher

*The 3rd round of the competition will take place in cooperation with the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava. The competition organiser reserves the right to hold the 3rd round with piano accompaniment. Such change will be published on the festival and competition website,, no later than by the end of April 2019.