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Terms of Participation

1. The competition will be held in three age categories:

  • Participants born after 31.12.2009 (group I)

  • Participants born after 31.12.2004 (group II)

  • Participants born after 31.12.2003 (group III)

2. The competition is open to the following instruments:

  • Violin

  • Piano

  • Cello

  • Chamber Music* (no age categories – no participant may be born before 01.01.2004)

3. Solo participants may not participate in the chamber music competition and vice versa.

4. The competition will consist of two rounds:

I. Round: The auditions will take place from 31.08.2021 to 03.09.2021 at the Joseph-Joachim-Saal at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Each participant’s program (with the exception of cellists’) has to contain a piece by Ludwig van Beethoven and another piece chosen freely. The following time limits apply:

Group I: 10 minutes

Group II: 15 minutes

Group III: 20 minutes

Chamber Music: 20 minutes

II. Round: The auditions will take place on 04.09.2021 at the Joseph-Joachim-Saal at the Universität der Künste Berlin. The program may not contain pieces performed in round I of the competition. The following time limits apply:

Group I: 10 minutes

Group II: 15 minutes

Group III: 20 minutes

Chamber Music: 20 minutes

The results of the final round of the competition will be published on the door of the concert hall after the end of auditions.

5. All auditions are open to the public.

6. The prize winners are required to take part in the closing concert on 09/05/2021 at the Joseph-Joachim-Saal at the Universität der Künste Berlin.

7. Please submit the application by email to:

8. The application deadline is 15.07.2021, 5:30 CET.

9. Please attach the following documents to your application:

  • Photocopy of an official identification document

  • Recent photo of the participant

  • Copy of proof of payment of the application fee

10. Only complete applications will be processed.

11. The jury has the right to decline any application without stating a reason for doing so.

11. There are following application fees:

  • Group I: € 120,00

  • Group II: € 140,00

  • Group III: € 160,00

  • Chamber Groups: € 100,00 (per group member)

The fees are non-reimbursable. The fee should be transferred at

the time of application into the following account:

Internationale Beethoven Gesellschaft e.V.

IBAN: DE 48 3608 0080 0422 5028 01

BIC: DRESDEFF360

Bank: Commerzbank vorm. Dresdner Bank Essen

13. Certificates of participation will be issued upon request.

14. A Grand Prix in the form of a concert at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall with the Berlin Symphonic

Orchestra will be awarded to one participant across all age groups and instruments.

15. The following prizes are awarded (across all instruments):

Age Group I:

– I prize: 500 €

– II prize: 250 €

– III prize: 150 €

Age Group II:

– I prize: 1.000 €

– II prize: 500 €

– III prize: 250 €

Age Group III:

– I prize: 1.500 €

– II prize: 1.000 €

– III prize: 500 €

Chamber Music (per ensemble):

– I prize (Julius-Stern-Medal): 1.500 €

– II prize: 1.000 €

– III prize: 500 €

16. The jury reserves the right not to award prizes, or to split prizes between two or more

participants. The decisions of the jury are binding and final.

17. The German version of this document shall be regarded as solely authoritative in cases of doubt

with regards to the interpretation of the text. The jury’s decisions are final and no correspondence

shall be entered into.

18. By signing the application form the participants confirm that they have read and consent to the

a fore mentioned terms of participation. If the participant is below 16 years of age the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required.

* The following ensembles are admissible: Duo violin/piano, duo cello/piano, string trio, piano trio, string quartet.


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