Smetana International Piano Competition

All competitions
Date TBA
Pilsen, Czech Republic

Smetana International Piano Competition celebrated its 50th anniversary in March 2012. In the past, many great concert pianists won Smetana Competition. The history of the Competition goes back to the year 1963.
Smetana International Piano Competition offers competition repertoire that respects the musical freedom. Each candidate can choose the Smetana programme with a personal emphasis on virtuoso, lyrical or dance style. More than half of the Competition repertoire still consists of the Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin or Liszt compositions, personally chosen by competitors.



Conservatory of Pilsen


The participants should be aged up to 30 years old.
Between one and three rounds, depending on age category.


Every two years

Next competition

TBA April 2025

Next deadline

TBA January 2025



Each applicant must:

1) fill in an application form
2) enclose an entry fee

The entry fee for foreign participants in the Competition amounts to 60 EUR (entry fee is non-reversible)

The entry fee should be credited to the following account number:
IBAN: CZ71 0800 0000 0019 7254 3223

The following documents should be attached to the application form (for foreign participants):
– an electronic copy of the applicant´s passport, stating the applicant´s name, date of birth and passport number
– a portrait photograph of the applicant in an image file format required in the on-line application form

The organiser will acknowledge the receipt and acceptance of applications and confirm applicant´s participant.


The competition is divided into three categories and is open to Czech and foreign pianists who:

a) comply with the age limit of 16 years for the first category (born in 2004 and later) – one round.
b) comply with the age limit of 20 years for the second category (born in 2000 and later) – two rounds.
c) comply with the age limit of 30 years for the third category (born in 1990 and later) – three rounds.

In the third category the jury will select only four contestants to compete in the third round (the Finals).
In the Finals of the Third category, the competitors will be accompanied by the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra.

All works in all competition rounds must be performed from memory.
The order of the works performed in individual rounds is the competitors´ free choice with the exception of the free chosen composition.
The composition of a free choice must be played as the last one in every round of the Competition.
The competition performances are open to members of the public.
Any change in the competitors repertoire can be announced to the organizer of the Competition in a written way or using an e-mail. It is not possible to change the repertoire after this date.
In the event that any radio or TV broadcast or recordings of the competition performances be made, these are at the organiser´s disposal and shall serve to promote the competition. In the event of any commercial use of any recording, this will be the subject of further negotiations.


The time limit of the entire performance is 20 minutes.
A shorter performing time of B. Smetana´s works will result in the disqualification of the competitor.
The composition of a free choice of candidate must be played as the last one.
Every category will perform a different programme.

To know the programme of every category, visit this link.



First category

1st prize: CZK 10, 000
2nd prize: CZK 5, 000
3rd prize: CZK 3, 000

Second category

1st prize: CZK 30, 000
2nd prize: CZK 15, 000
3rd prize: CZK 8, 000

Third category

1st prize: CZK 50, 000
2nd prize: CZK 25, 000
3rd prize: CZK 12, 000

Special Smetana Prize

CZK 30, 000



Competition secretary
Visit original competition page www.piano-competition.com

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