Peter Toperczer International Piano Competition Košice

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20/04/2023 - 23/04/2023
Košice, Slovakia

The first International Piano Competition Košice was held in 1993 and up until its fifth year the competition was organized annually. Later the organizing committee decided to change it to biennial cycle.

The aim of competition is to support young talented children and enable them to represent themselves on the stage, not only in Slovakia, but also abroad.

From its very beginning the International Piano Competition Art Director has been Peter Toperczer, Dr. h. c., Rector emeritus at AMU in Prague, a native of Košice. After his sudden death Peter Breiner, composer, pianist and conductor took over the position as art director and from 2013 Professor Toperczer’s son, Peter Tperczer jr., will be art director of the International Piano Competition Košice. The competition is now dedicated to his father thus being renamed into Peter Toperczer International Piano Competition.



School of Music of Márie Hemerkovej


The participants should be aged up to 17 and divided in 4 age categories.
The competition has two rounds.


Every two years

Next competition


Next deadline




The application form should be sent by registered mail before the deadline with:

  • Competition programme
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Digital portrait photograph
  • Accommodation order for a contestant and an accompanying adult person (pedagogue or parent)
  • Confirmation of payment of participation fee

Application fees (non-refundable):

With accommodation at Garni Hotel Akadémia (free breakfast)

  • Participant : €170
  • Teacher/parent : €170

Without accommodation:

  • Participant : €80
  • Teacher/parent : €80


The participants should be aged up to 17 and divided in 4 age categories.
1st  category – contestants born in 2012, 2013 or younger ones
2nd category – contestants born in 2010, 2011
3rd category – contestants born in 2008, 2009
4th category – contestants born in 2006, 2007

  • Playing by heart is a requirement.
  • The repertoire changes can be notified before 28 February 2023
  • Travel expenses have to be covered out of the participant’s own means.
  • Differences between the participation fee and bank charges will have to be paid at the presentation in cash.
  • The absence at the competition, caused by serious obstacles, should be announced to the organizing committee 2 weeks before the competition the latest.


Competition repertoire

1st round – selection

composition from the barocco period

composition from the romantic period

2nd round – final

composition from the classical period

composition from the 20th or 21st century

Time limits in each round:

1st round 2nd round
I.  Category

II.  Category

III. Category

IV.  Category

5 –   8 min

7 – 12 min

10 – 15 min

13 – 20 min

5 –   8 min

7 – 12 min

10 – 15 min

13 – 20 min

Direction for classification of composers by style periods:
Composers living and composing at the turn of the 19th and 20th century (S. Rachmaninoff, A. Scriabin, C. Debussy, M. Ravel, etc.), along with their entire work, should be added to compositions of the 20th and 21st century for the second round.


Cash prizes for the 1st to 3rd prizes in each category plus special prizes.


Prize winners

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