New schedule for the European Piano Competition

Pandemic permitting, the second round of the competition will take place in person. Whether with audience or only streamed, time will tell.

Further plans are as follows: 12th /13th July „Schubert Round“ at Sendesaal Bremen 14th/15th July Semifinal at Sendesaal Bremen 18th July Final Round with a string quartett of the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra at Sendesaal Bremen


Changes in 1st round

Dear participants of the EKWB 2021, dear audience, The times in the pandemic are difficult and exhausting, especially for artists. We have to be ready for a lot of flexibility and creativity in these months. As the pandemic situation in Bremen, Germany and Europe remains uncertain, the main committee and the artistic direction of the competition have decided on the following changes from the originally planned schedule:

The 1st round will be conducted online. The participants will send in a video of at least 20 minutes, maximum 30 minutes. There is one change regarding the programme requirements for the 1st round: Item 3 (a work created after 1970) IS OMITTED!

The jury will view and judge all videos and admit 12 participants to the 2nd round (“Schubert round”). If possible, the competition should take place in Bremen from the 2nd round onwards. These decisions will be announced on the competition homepage on 1 June.

If pandemic conditions permit, the European Piano Competition Bremen is to be held in Presence in the Sendesaal Bremen from 12.7.2021. The final will take place on 18.7.2021.
Further details will be announced here in due course.


New competition conditions due to the CoVid19 pandemic

Dear participants of the European Piano Competition Bremen,
dear guests and interested people,
due to the current security situation in context with the CoVid19 pandemic, the artistic direction is planning the 17th European Piano Competition, which, as previously announced, will take place from 10-21 July 2021. Since we assume that a large instrumentation for a symphony orchestra will not be possible in summer 2021, there will be fundamental changes for the final round. Reluctantly, due to the circumstances, we have decided to modify the regulations for the final round so that the participants can prepare themselves without restrictions. The Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra in the form of a string quartet with solo strings, will accompany the competition in this altered form and play together with the finalists in the main concert hall of “Die Glocke”.

Changes for final round:
For the final round with a string quartet from the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra the following have to be prepared:
• R. Schumann: Piano Quintet E flat major, op. 44
• J. Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, op. 34
• D. Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, op. 57

An additional component of the final round will be a solo work or a cycle or group of works of approximately 20 minutes playing time. This can be freely chosen and can be taken from the prepared competition repertoire.

So we are looking forward to a somewhat different, but still beautiful competition in summer 2021!


Postponement of the competition: 10.-20. July 2021

Following the spread of the Corona virus and the emergency guidelines to curb the epidemic in Germany and around the world, the management of Competition, all of the partners as well as the Landesmusikrat Bremen has decided to postpone the 17th European Piano Competition Bremen.
We are pleased a new date has already been found: 10.-20.7.2021!
The 71 already admitted participants of the 17th European Piano Competition Bremen are then invited again to demonstrate their skills in the Sendesaal Bremen and in the Bremer Glocke.
This date is subject to all risks arising from the current crisis situation.

Thanks to the continued support of participants, sponsors, our audience and of course the partners of the competition, we will then certainly be able to celebrate a wonderful 17th European Piano Competition Bremen!
Take care of yourself and your loved ones!


Current information about the coronavirus

The management of the European Piano Competition Bremen keeps itself constantly informed about the development of the measures taken at national and international level to contain the COVID-19 virus. At present, we are still planning to hold the competition in May 2020, but we will only be able to carry out a more precise risk assessment at the beginning of April and accordingly decide whether the competition can take place.
We ask all participants and guests for patience and hope for a positive development !