• Rolf-Dieter Arens (Head of Jury)
  • Peter Cossé
  • Koos Groen
  • Michael Obst
  • Konstantin Scherbakow
  • Erik T. Tawaststjerna
  • Maria Tipo
  • Dénes Varjon


First Round
  1. F. Liszt
    one Etude from Etudes d'exécution transcendante (S 139) or from Grandes études Paganini (S 141)
  2. G. Ligeti
    one Etude of own choice
  3. F. Liszt
    Les jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este (S 163)
Second Round
  1. J. Haydn
    one sonata of own choice
  2. one piece of own choice by A. Schönberg, A. Berg or A. Webern
  3. F. Liszt
    1. Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude (S 173)
    2. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 16 or No. 19 (S 244)
    3. Bagatelle sans tonalité (S 216a)
  4. one work specially composed for the competition (5-7 min)
Third Round

F. Liszt
Sonata in B minor (S 178)


F. Liszt
Piano Concerto in E-flat major (S 124) or
Piano Concerto in A major (S 125) with orchestral accompaniment 


1. Prize: 10.000 EURO
2. Prize: 6.000 EURO
3. Prize: 4.000 EURO

All candidates who have reached the second round will receive a diploma.

Special Awards
  1. One scholarship for one semester of study at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar awarded to the most talented East-European participant (excluding prize winners). This prize is donated by Dr. Rainer Braunschweig (Munich).
  2. For the best interpretation of Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude (2nd round): One concert engagement for a piano evening in the Steingraeber-Rokokosaal in Bayreuth during the Bayreuth Festival and 1 000 Euro as payment for the concert. The concert instrument is the Liszt Grand Piano by Eduard Steingraeber. This prize is donated by the pianoforte factory Steingraeber & Sons in Bayreuth.
  3. For the best interpretation of the b minor Sonata by F. Liszt: concert matinee in the Altenburg in Weimar and 1000 Euro as payment for the concert. This prize is donated by the Franz-Liszt-Foundation e.V. Weimar. 
  4. One concert in the Schlosstheater Ballenstedt with a fee of 1000 Euro. This price is donated by the Theaterverein Ballenstedt / Anhalt.
Concerts | Productions
  • mdr Symphony Orchestra soloist concert
  • further solo concerts
  • broadcast with DeutschlandRadio Berlin
  • radio broadcast with the mdr
  • CD production

Participation Rules

  1. The 4th International FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities who were born after 1th January 1972.

  2. The competition is open to the public in all rounds. The order of performance for the competitors is determined by random selection in the form of a lottery system. The order of works to be performed in each level can be determined by the candidate. After registration, the programme can no longer be altered. All works must be performed memorised except the composition of the 2nd round commissioned for the competition.

    Arrival Date: 23rd and 24th October 2003

    Lottery: 24th October 2003 at 4:30 pm
    Final concert: 2nd November 2003 with the Staatskapelle Weimar conducted by Jac van Steen

  3. The prize winners must accept their prize in person. Prizes will be awarded directly following the final concert.

  4. The competition may be recorded or transmitted for television/radio, etc. The recordings are property of the corresponding broad-casting station.

  5. The management is not legally responsible for any accidents to persons during the competition.

  6. Participants pay for hotel and travel costs themselves. East-European participants may apply for a subsidy for these costs. No one is automatically entitled to receive a subsidy.

  7. The competition will cover the costs for accommodation for those candidates who have reached the second round (from the start of the second round onward), to a maximum of 25 Euro per person per day.

  8. At registration, the candidates must state that they agree to the rules and regulations of the competition, as well as possible changes in the jury.

  9. The decision of the jury is legally final. An appeal of the decision is not possible.