Competition 2024

The European Piano Competition Bremen will take place for the 18th time from February 6th to 13th, 2024. It is open to pianists aged from 16 to 30 years from Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Georgia, Ukraine, Turkey and Israel.

It was originally founded in 1987 as the Bremen Piano Competition and quickly developed into a renowned international competition of the highest standards and quality. The competition aims to support talented pianists headed for an international career. Besides looking for artistic excellence and outstanding musical personalities, it seeks to develop and foster the communication between the contestants and the audience. The participants may showcase their conceptual skills in the semi-final round in a freely chosen recital programme, which is also to be verbally presented to the audience. Moreover, the competition aims to feature contemporary music and works by female composers.

Elements of audience development for all age groups, including children, are an integral part of the competition. In addition, a concert focusing on works from the contestants’ respective home countries underlines the important idea of European cultural exchange. These projects do not only serve to make classical piano music more accessible to everybody but also enhance communication between the local audience and the contestants.

Furthermore, the European Piano Competition Bremen is a cultural encounter between various nations, the audience and artists, fostering an atmosphere of openness, understanding and communication transcending any borders or barriers.

The quarter- and semi-final rounds take place in the wonderful acoustics of the ‘Bremer Sendesaal’; the imposing concert hall ‘Die Glocke’ is the location of the orchestra finale, accompanied by the renowned Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra. For the first time this year, there also takes place a matinee concert in the Hans.Otte Klanghaus of the Weserburg, Museum of Modern Art.

Supporters 2024

We sincerely thank all sponsors, partners and prize donors who supported the competition 2024:

  • Landesmusikrat Bremen e.V. (Träger)
  • Die Sparkasse Bremen (GUT FÜR BREMEN Stiftung der Sparkasse in Bremen)
  • Sendesaal Bremen
  • Glocke Veranstaltungs-GmbH
  • Bremer Philharmoniker GmbH
  • Radio Bremen
  • Weserburg - Museum für moderne Kunst
  • Bremen erleben - WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH
  • Familie Saacke
  • Familie Osmers
  • Heinz Peter und Annelotte Koch-Stiftung
  • Waldemar Koch Stiftung
  • Karin und Uwe Hollweg-Stiftung
  • Heinz A. Bockmeyer Stiftung
  • Archiv Frau und Musik
  • Zentrum für Kunst (Referat 14 - Der Senator für Kultur)
  • Hochschule für Künste Bremen
  • Musikschule Bremen
  • Universität Bremen, Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Musikpädagogik
  • Stadtbibliothek Bremen
  • Steinway & Sons Hamburg

Media partner:
Radio Bremen
Radio Weser.TV



The three rounds of the competition will take place from Wednesday, 7 February to Tuesday, 13 February 2024 in Bremen. All rounds are open to the public.
In addition, all rounds will also be available as live streams on the YouTube channel of the Landesmusikrat Bremen. In parallel, Radio Weser.TV will broadcast some of the rounds: The semi-finals and the final will be broadcast live on the radio programme, while the final can also be followed live on the television screens.

Click here for the participants’ programmes.

Quarter-final rounds

Admission: €5 half day, €8 all day
Sendesaal Bremen
Tickets at the box office

Wed 07.02.2024
10:00 – 11:00 Emir Ilgen
11:15 – 12:15 Nikolay Pushkarev
12:30 – 13:30 Viktor Soos

lunch break
NEW 15:00 – 16:00 Performance will not take place due to cancellation of the participant
16:15 – 17:15 Francesco Maccarrone
17:30 – 18:30 Muzaffar Muidinov

Thur 08.02.2024
10:00 – 11:00 Sergey Belyavsky
11:15 – 12:15 Lukas Katter
12:30 – 13:30 Vincent Neeb

lunch break
15:00 – 16:00 Elžbieta Liepa Dvarionaitè
16:15 – 17:15 Gabriel Yeo
17:30 – 18:30 Florent Ling

Fr 09.02.2024
10:00 – 11:00 Alexander Doronin
11:15 – 12:15 Nasti
12:30 – 13:30 Tomer Rubinstein

lunch break
15:00 – 16:00 Elizaveta Kliuchereva
16:15 – 17:15 Théotime Gillot
17:30 – 18:30 Roni Levy
NEW 18:45-19:45 Dominic Degavino (Successor)

ca. 20:30 announcement of the results

Semi-final round

Admission: €10/day
Sendesaal Bremen
Tickets at the box office

Sat 10.02.2024 - 17:00
*17:00 Viktor Soos
18:30 Francesco Maccarrone
20:00 Vincent Neeb

Sun 11.02.2024 - 15:00
15:00 Elžbieta Liepa Dvarionaitè
16:30 Alexander Doronin
18:00 Théotime Gillot

ca. 20:00 announcement of the results

Final with orchestra

Bremer Philharmoniker
Conductor: Tung-Chieh Chuang
Tue 13.02.2024 - 19:00
Die Glocke Bremen
Admission: 15 € / Reduced: 6 €
Tickets: 0421 33 66 99

Special programme

In addition to the competition rounds, there will be numerous educational formats for children, young people and families (all details here) as well as a matinée concert with the participants.

Matinée concert with participants of the competition

Sat 10.02.2024 - 11:30
Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst
Hans Otte.Klanghaus
The international piano stars of the 18th European Piano Competition Bremen take the audience on a musical journey through Europe. Admission: Pay what you want

GLOCKE seat cushion concert “Pianoforte” (unfortunately already sold out!)

Thu 08.02.2024 - 9:30
Glocke, Small Hall
Admission: €9 (adults) / €6 (babies)
For parents and their babies aged 0 to 18 months
Duration: approx. 45 min.
Tickets available from the Glocke ticket service (tel. 0421 33 66 99)

GLOCKE socks concert “Pianoforte” (unfortunately already sold out!)

Thu 08.02.2024 - 11:30
Glocke, Small Hall
Admission: €10 (adults), €7 (babies)
For parents and their toddlers aged 1.5 to 3 years
Duration: approx. 45 min.
Tickets available from the Glocke ticket service (tel. 0421 33 66 99)

GLOCKE school concert “Pianoforte”

Our school concerts give pupils the opportunity to listen to first-class piano music in a relaxed atmosphere in the Small Hall. The young people experience pianists, who are themselves only between 16 and 30 years old, up close and personal and get to talk to the “stars of tomorrow”. The programme includes the highlights of the respective competition repertoire as well as interesting, curious or unexpected facts from the world of piano music.

Fri 09.02.2024 - 9:30 and 11:30
Glocke, small hall
Admission: €4 per pupil (free admission for 2 teachers per class and personal assistants)
For grades 5 to 13
Duration: approx. 45 min.
Registrations via booking form at “Musik im Ohr” (, Tel. 0421 33 66 658)
Further information

Jury + Conductor 2024