First Round
  • Franz Liszt: an Etude of own choice
  • Frédéric Chopin: an Etude of own choice
  • Franz Schubert / Franz Liszt: a Lied transcription of own choice
  • Franz Liszt: a Lied transcriptions of own choice

Second Round

  • Joseph Haydn: a Sonata of own choice
  • Michael Jarrell: commissioned work* (may be played from sheet music)
  • Franz Liszt: an Hungarian Rhapsody of own choice
  • Franz Liszt: works of own choice (max. 25 minutes)

Third Round

  • Franz Liszt: Sonata B minor (S. 178)

Final Round with the Staatskapelle Weimar

  • Franz Liszt:
    - Piano Concerto in E flat major (S. 124) or
    - Piano Concerto in A major (S. 125) or
    - Totentanz (Paraphrase on "Dies Irae") (S. 126)

* Commissioned Work: Michael Jarrell: Etude pour piano Available by Editions Henry Lemoin

Participation Rules

  1. The 7th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition Weimar – Bayreuth is open to pianists of all nationalities who were born after 1 January 1980.

  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.

  3. 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 from memory. The commissioned work by Michael Jarrell may be played from sheet music.

  4. The first round of the competition will take place in Bayreuth and all other rounds will take place in Weimar.

  5. The prize winners must accept their prize in person. Prizes will be awarded directly following the final concert. It is obligatory for the prize winner to take part in a prize winner's concert in Bayreuth without receiving a fee.

  6. The competition may be recorded or transmitted and all recordings are the property of the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar. The participants agree to this and do not have any publication rights.

  7. Participants are responsible for hotel and travel costs. International participants, especially from Eastern Europe, may apply for a subsidy for these costs. No one is automatically entitled to receive a subsidy.

  8. The competition will cover accommodation costs in prearranged facilities for candidates who have reached the second round.

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

  10. By registering, candidates accept all rules and regulations of the competition, as well as possible changes in the jury.