Welcome to the official website of the International Music Competition and Music Festival Beethoven’s Hradec, which is one of the most important cultural events of the Moravian-Silesian region, as well as the whole Czech Republic. It takes place in the representative halls of the Hradec nad Moravicí castle, which is closely connected with the visits of Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt or Niccolo Paganini.
The competition’s history dates back to 1961. Throughout the more than fifty years of its existence, Beethoven’s Hradec has come into widespread musical public awareness both at home and abroad. Over the years, the original competition of Czech Conservatories has become a prestigious competition with an international jury and participants from around the world. Since 2011, it has been held as a single field, alternating piano, violin, cello, and viola. Accompanying concerts and competition rounds are open to the general public. Recordings from the concert laureates are made by Czech Radio Ostrava.
Among the laureates of the competition there are, in addition to many outstanding Czech artists and teachers, also many foreign ones (Krystian Zimerman, Ivan Klánský, Arta Arnicane, Ivan Ženatý, Jiří Vodička, Jan Pěruška, Jitka Hosprová, Miroslav Petráš, Jiří Bárta). Today, competitors come to the castle not only from Europe, but also from Asia, America, and Australia.
The Beethoven’s Hradec competition takes place under the auspices of the Deputy Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region, Svatomír Recman, and with the financial support of the Moravian-Silesian Region, City of Opava, a city of Hradec nad Moravicí, as well as other organizations and sponsors.
This international music festival, whose origins can be found in the fifties of the last century, attracts to its podium renowned artists from the Czech Republic and Europe alike. To our delight, we even encounter the laureates from previous years of the Beethoven’s Hradec competition who, over the years, have become respected musical personalities.
Other parts of the festival have, in recent years, become a cultural event - the concert show “Múziáda”, the “Workshop for the Youngest Composers”, and the “Composers’ Competition for Pupils of Elementary Schools of Performing Art”.