The European Piano Contest Bremen will be held from February 26th, 2012 (arrival) to March 7th, 2012 (concert of the finalists) in Bremen.

are pianists from Europe including the former Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Turkey and Israel.

At the end of the contest a double CD will be produced with the prize winners.


1. PRIZE 10.000,- € Die Sparkasse Bremen
2. PRIZE 5.000,- € Familie Saacke - Bremen
3. PRIZE 2.500,- € award of the sponsors

Public’s Award 2.000,- € Bremer Tageszeitung AG
Prize for the best interpretation of the compulsory piece of music 1.000,- €  
Special Award 2012   Heinz Peter und Annelotte Koch-Stiftung
Special Award 2012 1.000,- € donated by the international association "Internationaler Arbeitskreis Frau und Musik e.V."
It will be awarded for the excellent interpretation of a piece of music by a woman composer, regardless of the contract composition. Candidates can find a repertoire list on the Internet at


The Landesmusikrat Bremen e.V. member of the Deutscher Musikrat, the Sparkasse Bremen, Radio Bremen, the Glocke Veranstaltungs-GmbH and the Bremer Philharmoniker GmbH, the Deutsches Jugendherbergswerk as well as the Sendesaal Bremen cordially invite you to participate in the European Piano Contest Bremen 2012.

Main Comitte

Christian Kötter-Lixfeld - Chair (Bremer Philharmoniker GmbH)
Andrea Zschunke - deputy chair (Radio Bremen)
Jörg Ehntholt (Glocke Veranstaltungs-GmbH)
Konstanze Eickhorst (Musikhochschule Lübeck)
András Hamary (Hochschule für Musik Würzburg)
Elke Heussler (Die Sparkasse Bremen)
Thorsten Richter (Deutsches Jugendherbergswerk)
Helmut Schaarschmidt (Landesmusikrat Bremen e.V.)
Wilfried Schäper (Radio Bremen)
Peter Schulze (Sendesaal Bremen)
Katharina-Nora Tiedtke (Landesmusikrat Bremen e. V.)


Konstanze Eickhorst chair (Germany)
Aquiles Delle Vigne (Argentina)
Gerald Fauth (Germany)
Karen Kamensek (USA)
Jonathan Plowright (UK)
Julian Gorus (Bulgaria)
Nina Tichman (USA)

1. Round

Pieces to be prepared for the first round:
(playing time max. 40 minutes)

1. One of the Sonatas
by J. Haydn or W. A. Mozart or one of the following
sonatas by L. v. 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
one of them by Chopin (excluded are the three etudes without opus number and etude op. 10, Nr.6)
b) and one of the following composers:
— Bartok
— Debussy
— Hamelin
— Ligeti
— Liszt
— Rachmaninov
— Skrjabin

3. A piece of music composed after 1970
(own compositions are excluded)

2. Round

Pieces to be prepared for the second round:
(playing time max. 60 minutes)

1. A piano sonata by Franz Schubert
(excluded: Schubert - Sonatas D 157, D 279, D 459, D 557, D 566, D 840)

2. A n opus or a cycle or a group of works
of min. 20 minutes playing time, composed between 1825 and 1950.

For the 1st and 2nd round exclusively original works are admissible, adaptations will not be accepted.

3. Round - Semifinal

Pieces to be prepared for the third round:
(playing time max. 70 minutes)

1. A program at your free choice
including one opus composed before 1750 (Pieces having been prepared for the 1st and 2nd rounds are excluded).

2. A composition especially ordered for the European Piano Contest Bremen 2012
of approx. 5 minutes playing time which will be made available to the contestants together with the certificate of admission to the contest in November 2011.

Final with orchestra

One of the following piano concertos has to be prepared for the final with the Bremer Philharmoniker:

Beethoven Konzert Nr. 3 c-Moll
Beethoven Konzert Nr. 4 G-Dur
Beethoven Konzert Nr. 5 Es-Dur

Chopin Konzert Nr. 2 f-Moll

Liszt Konzert Nr. 1 Es-Dur

Mozart Konzert KV 2 7 1 Es-Dur
Mozart Konzert KV 466 d-Moll
Mozart Konzert KV 467 C-Dur
Mozart Konzert KV 482 Es-Dur
Mozart Konzert KV 491 c-Moll

Rachmaninov Konzert Nr. 2 c-Moll

Saint-Saëns Konzert Nr. 2 g-Moll

Tschaikowsky Konzert Nr. 1 b-Moll


It is the pianists’ choice to play their contest program from memory, and likewise it is their decision whether they play repetitions within one work.
It is left to the jury to reduce the participants’ programs of the first and second round in case of a large number of participants. The pianists will be informed about such an alteration well in advance.

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