16th International Beethoven Piano Competition 2020



The organizers of The International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna and the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts are deeply sorry to announce that the competition’s 16th edition must be postponed due to the current developments in the CoVid19 crisis.

The University and the organizers are working on finding a new date and are looking forward to welcoming the chosen 34 candidates to the competition at this later date. For now best wishes from University Vienna: Stay healthy and “Auf Wiedersehen”.


The International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna is Austria's oldest and most important international piano competition, performed exclusively on a Bösendorfer Grand. Founded more than 50 years ago, it is hosted by the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

Selected young pianists meet in Vienna from May 4 – 14, 2020 to give proof of their mastery to an international jury and to Vienna’s audience.

The participation is open to all pianists born between 1 January 1988 and 31 December 2000.

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