Instrumental Competition 2016

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The 68th annual Prague Spring International Music Competition, a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Geneva, will be held from 7 May until 15 May 2016 in Prague for the instruments TRUMPET and PIANO.


Hide Conditions for participation in the competition

The competition is intended for artists of all nationalities who:

  • satisfy the age limit – 30 years (i.e. those born after 7 May 1986 inclusively)
  • have not already won the 1st prize in the Prague Spring International Music Competition in the relevant instrumental field.

 Here you can download conditions in French and German languages.



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Persons interested in participating in the competition apply on line where they may complete and confirm a web application, attach required photographs suitable for reproduction, a recording of the compositions for the preliminary round, and other attachments if any.

The application must be accompanied by the following items:

  • an unedited audio recording
    – an unedited recording (in the format WAV, FLAC, MP3, OGG, M4A or on a CD or minidisk) of good technical quality of the compositions that are listed in the Repertoire section of this document. The quality of the recording must meet professional standards. The selection of candidates who will be able to participate in the competition in Prague will be made on the basis of this recording. Recordings will be heard anonymously and in random order. At the same time, submit a statement from a pedagogue or other person of artistic standing (e.g. the recording engineer) guaranteeing the authenticity of the recording. If you do not comply with the programme requirements for the recording, you will be disqualified.
  • a copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • a portrait photograph – suitable for reproduction (digital photograph in 300dpi resolution burnt on a marked CD or loaded on-line in application form or a legibly signed printed photograph)
  • confirmation of payment of the administrative fee (for costs associated with registration and the preliminary round) of EUR 30 onto account “Prazske jaro”, acct. no. 3633372/0800 at the bank Česká spořitelna, IBAN CZ64 0800 000­0 0000 03633372, B.I.C. GIBACZPX.
    The administrative fee can also be paid online directly from through the application form by using the PayPal service.
    (Applicants wishing to render payment in the currency CZK may contact the competition office regarding a different account number.)


A printout of the application form, duly completed and signed, along with any enclosures not sent electronically, is to be sent to the address:

Prague Spring Competition
Hellichova 18
118 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic

If you send recording by post, please mark the envelope "Competition recording, not subject to tax"

(The date when the electronic application is sent is decisive.)


By 20 January 2016, candidates accepted for the competition (i.e. successful candidates chosen in the preliminary round) will be sent notification of their acceptance by e-mail. Candidates receiving this message shall pay the participation fee of EUR 80 onto the competition account no later than by 15 February 2016. Accepted candidates will then be sent a letter with complete information concerning the holding of the competition as well as sheet music for the compulsory composition.

The administrative fee and participation fee are nonrefundable.

These competition requirements have been announced in compliance with the Competition Statutes of the Prague Spring International Music Competition dated 3 March 2009. The competition requirements are being issued in the Czech, English, French and German languages. In case of any discrepancy, the Czech text shall be regarded as authentic.

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For both instrumental fields

The competition will be held in three rounds, and the number of candidates is limited. For both instruments, the maximum number of Round I candidates is 50, a maximum of 12 candidates will advance to Round II, and no more than 4 candidates will advance to the finals.

For competition performances, the jury has the right to determine the order of compositions or of individual parts of compositions.

A work by a Czech composer written for the 2016 Prague Spring International Music Competition will be sent to the candidates together with instructions for competitors.

The competition repertoire stated by the candidate in the application is binding and cannot be changed. Later changes or failure to comply with the compulsory repertoire are grounds for disqualification. Candidates must bring printed music with them and present it on demand.
Using photocopies of sheet music for public performances is a violation of copyright and of the commercial rights of the publisher, and the performers assume all liability for any legal sanctions.

All three rounds of competition performances are public.
Any radio or television broadcasts and recordings of competition performances are at the disposal of Prague Spring and serve for promotion of the competition. The possible commercial use of these recordings shall be the subject of future negotiations.



Preliminary round

Joseph Haydn: Concerto for Trumpet in E-Flat Major (only the 1st movement without cadenza)

Candidates who document that they have won the 1st prize in one of the following competitions need not submit a recording:

  • 49th International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen 2014
  • 25th International Competition Citta' di Porcia 2014
  • The Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments 2013

Round I

  1. Joseph Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major – memorized
  2. A work of the candidate’s choice:
    a) Bohuslav Martinů: Sonatina for Trumpet and Piano, H. 357 (Editions Alphonse Leduc or Supraphon)
    b) Jean Françaix: Sonatina for Trumpet and Piano (Editions Max Eschig)

Round II

  1. The work (solo) composed for the 2016 Prague Spring International Music Competition (length: 8–10 minutes) – by Jiří Pohnán 
  2. A work of the candidate’s choice:
    a) Leopold Mozart: Concerto in D major (Ed. Gérard Billaudot or Fr. Kistner&C.F.W.Siegel, Leipzig)
    b) Johann Friedrich Fasch: Concerto in D major (Musikverlag David McNaughton or Hans Sikorski Hamburg)
    c) Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto in D major, TWV 51:D7 (Ed. Gérard Billaudot or Hans Sikorski)
  3. A work of the candidate’s choice:
    a) Václav Trojan: Concertino (Český hudební fond)
    b) André Jolivet: Concertino (Ed. Durand)

Piano accompanists

Candidates may appear at the competition with their own piano accompanist, but those accompanists must pay all of their own travel and accommodations expenses. Candidates who will not be performing at the competition with their own accompanist may request in their application that the competition organizers secure the services of an official accompanist.


in collaboration with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Radek Baborák

  1. Josef Matěj: Concerto for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra (Editio Supraphon)
  2. Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Concerto in E major (Ed. Peters or Universal Edition)

One of the concertos must be played by memory.


Piano – In Memory of Rudolf Firkušný

Preliminary round

A recording ca. 15 minutes in length which must include one of the etudes by Franz Liszt and one composition by Fryderyk Chopin from Round 1 - group (4).

Candidates who document that they have won the 1st prize in one of the following competitions need not submit a recording:

  • 2015 The International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition
  • 2015 The Leeds International Piano Competition
  • 2015 The Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition
  • 2015 The International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition Moscow
  • 2014 The Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv
  • 2013 The International Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz
  • 2013 The Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition
  • 2013 The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth
  • 2012 The Hamamatsu International Piano Competition


Round I

The candidate shall put together his/her own programme lasting ca. 20 minutes consisting of works selected from the list below (groups 1 through 4 must all be represented)

  1. Domenico Scarlatti: one of the sonatas (no repeats)
  2. One of the following etudes:
    a) Fryderyk Chopin: Op. 10 no. 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, or Op. 25 no. 6, 11 or
    b) Sergei Rachmaninoff: Op. 39 no. 1, 5 or
    c) Alexander Scriabin: Op. 42 no. 5 or Op. 8 no. 12
  3. Bedřich Smetana: Concert Etude in C major or Na břehu mořském (On the Seashore)
  4. Fryderyk Chopin – choose one of the following works: Ballade in G minor, Op. 23, or F major, Op. 38 or A-flat major, Op. 47 or Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60 or Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20 or in B-flat minor, Op. 31 or in C-sharp minor, Op. 39

Round II

The candidate shall put together his/her own recital with interesting programming lasting 40 – 45 minutes.
During this recital, the competitor shall perform the compulsory work composed for the 2016 Prague Spring International Music Competition with a duration of ca. 5 minutes (by Adam Skoumal) and at least one sonata by one of the following composers: Joseph Haydn or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or Ludwig van Beethoven.

Candidate may not repeat a composition from the first round. Candidates not complying with the minimum length may be disqualified. If the time limit is exceeded, the jury may stop a competitor’s performance.


in collaboration with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Petr Altrichter


One of the following concertos:

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
  • Fryderyk Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
  • Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
  • Antonín Dvořák: Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33
  • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Memorization is required for all rounds of the competition.


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