17th Ettlingen International Piano Competition
August 8-16, 2020

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Oleksii Kanke, First Prizewinner Category B 2018, during his recital at Castle of Ettlingen, April 4, 2020. Picture: FRei


Our Message for today:

Stay safe - Apply for Ettlingen!


Dear participants, dear families and teachers, dear friends of Ettlingen Piano Competition,


the current crisis affects everybody, and nobody knows for sure, how the situation will develop in the next weeks and months.

We think, the best what we can do now is: To focus on the health and well being of everybody and to continue making and listening to Music and to go on with practising piano.

For this reason, we encourage you to apply for the upcoming Ettlingen Competition!

Online-application is open. If you didn’t register yet, start today. The system will guide you step by step, it must not be done everything in one day. Begin to type in your personal data, later choose your repertoire and upload audio-recordings and other documents.

Just keep in mind: Everything has to be completed by the deadline, April 21, 2020.

In case of questions, always write us using the contact-link in the online-application.

By applying, you must not pay any fee, nor assume any other obligation - just concentrate on the music.

Our plan is to publish the result of the preliminary judging by end of May. Then we decide if we can organise the competition in August as planned (we hope so) or if we have to find another solution.

Best wishes to all of you from the Competition-Team

Frank Reich

Director of Organisation

For motivation and inspiration: Special link to videos of all auditions at Ettlingen Competitions since 2010:


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You can search for a special year, composition or contestant.


Last Edition in 2018 

-> 340 candidates coming from 49 nations applied

-> 99 pianists were admitted after a preselection by recordings

-> The public auditions took place at Asam-Hall in the baroque Ettlingen Castle

-> Ten main prizes and special prizes worth more than 25,000 Euro were bestowed


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Congratulations! All 2018 prizewinners on stage of Stadthalle Ettlingen, with Bank Director Michael Huber, Lord Mayor Johannes Arnold, -> Managing Director Frank Reich and -> Artistic Director Robert Benz (from left to right). Picture: Gerald Ulmann

-> Archives with information about all previous competitions since 1988

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Leaflet 2020 Program Book 2018 Brochure 1988-2006 Archives 1988-2018



We are a member of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY) and the Alink-Argerich-Foundation (AAF) and rank as one of the most important contests of this type worldwide.