6th International FRANZ LISZT Competition for Young Pianists

originally planned on 26 October - 5 November 2020

New Date: 15 - 25 March 2021

  • Category I    
    born after 5 Nov. 2006
  • Category II    
    born from 5 Nov. 2006 to 6 Nov. 2002

Attention please! New competition dates and change of programme Category II

Dear applicants,

Thank you very much for your interest in our competition and for all the application which have reached us so far.

Unfortunately, it cannot be predicted at this point in time whether the safety regulations will allow us to hold our competition in autumn, since our participants come from all over the world. After weighing up all my alternatives, we have decided to postpone the competition.

However, the categories with qualifying dates will remain the same, so that the already prepared competition programme can be played. Only one change was necessary, namely the concert in the final of category II.
Since the concert by Beethoven can also played by a small orchestra, we hope that a public performance in March will be possible.

We are looking forward to your applications!

The Competition

The latest competition at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT, the international FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition for Young Pianists, was brought into being in 2005. Similar to the LOUIS SPOHR Competition for Young Violinists, it aims to offer the next generation of talented instrumentalists an international platform. In Weimar, musicians from all over the world will be able to meet at eye level, compare their abilities, and learn from each other. Feedback from a top-level international jury helps them in this regard.
Franz Liszt, the competition’s namesake, lived and taught in Weimar, first in the “Altenburg” (1848 to 1861) and then later in the old court nursery “Hofgärtnerei” (1869 to 1886). Every summer, he gathered a select group of young pianists from all over the world around him. He gave them free masterclasses and provided unforgettable inspiration. That great composer, pianist, conductor and visionary always strove to offer the next generation the best possible training conditions – by founding specialised music training institutions, amongst other things.
Like its “older brother”, the International FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition Weimar-Bayreuth which also takes place in Weimar, the Competition for Young Pianists feels a duty to carry on Franz Liszt’s ideals. By offering performance incentives in the form of prizes, the competition wants to help realise Liszt’s ideal of the musician with a general education who always passes on her knowledge to the next generation.

Competition Office

Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar
International FRANZ LISZT Competition for Young Pianists
Platz der Demokratie 2/3, PF 2552
D-99406 Weimar

Fon +49 (0)3643-555 268
Fax +49 (0)3643-555 170


Promoter: University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar, Musikgymnasium Schloss Belvedere
Artistic directors: Grigory Gruzman
Head of organisation: Wiebke Eckardt
Participants' support: Amelie Bräumer

The International FRANZ LISZT Competition for Young Pianists is member of: