Dear pianists and music enthusiasts,

at the beginning of the year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with much regret we were forced to cancel the "3rd European Competition for Young Pianists" planned for April 2021 in Neuzelle. We are all the more pleased to be able to hold this competition in spring 2022!

We will publish the exact announcement here in September 2021. We are looking forward to a lively participation, personal exchange and many young talents!

Stay healthy!




The European Foundation of the Rahn Dittrich Group for Education and Culture is organizing the 3rd European Competition for Young Pianists in Neuzelle on 10 and 11 April 2021. The competition will be held in the categories piano solo and piano four-hands / piano duo.

The competition is open to all students who are receiving lessons in a European general education school at the time of the event.

The laureates will perform in public at the closing ceremonies.


Competition piano solo:
Group A: participants born 2008, 2009, 2010
Group B: participants born 2006, 2007
Group C: participants born 2003, 2004,2005

Competition piano four-hands / piano duo
Group D: participants born between 2006 and 2010
Group E: participants born between 2003 and 2005
The average age, calculated according to the dates of birth of the participants, is decisive.



  • a polyphonic work of the Baroque period
  • a classical main sonata movement (sonata movement) or a rondo or variation work
  • one or more works of free choice

Required duration
Group A: 8 - 10 minutes
Group B: 10 - 15 minutes
Group C: 15 - 20 minutes

All works must be performed from memory.


Two works of different character and style period.

Required duration
Group D: 10 -12 minutes
Group E: 12-15 minutes

The category piano four-hands / piano duo allows playing with note sheets.


Category piano solo: 100 PLN or 25 €
Category piano four-hands / piano duo: 120 PLN or 30 €.

Subject: First and last name of the participant(s) and PIANO 2021

Bank details for Polish participants:
Account no. 91 1090 1535 0000 0001 2009 6322
Santander Bank (Poland)

Bank details for German participants:
German participants pay in € to the following account
IBAN: DE73 1203 0000 1020 0692 49 of the RDG Foundation at DKB.


Registration period: 10 February – 10 March 2021
Please send your registration to:
Board office of the European Foundation
of the Rahn Dittrich Group for Education and Culture
Markt 10
04109 Leipzig


For a successful registration please send in the registration form together with a copy of the
the bank transfer protocol of the participation fee.


The performances will be evaluated according to a point system:
1st price: 23-25 points
2nd price: 22 points
3rd price: 21 points
Diploma: 20 points

The results will be announced at the end of the auditions.

The decisions made by the jury are irrevocable. There is no right of appeal.


All participants will receive participation diplomas, the winners will receive prices and awards.

Category piano solo

Group A
1st price 100,00 €
2nd price 75,00 €
3rd price 50,00 €

Group B
1st price 125,00 €
2nd price 100,00 €
3rd price 75,00 €       

Group C
1st price 150,00 €       
2nd price 125,00 €     
3rd price 100,00 €     

Category piano four-hands

Group D
1st price 175,00 € 
2nd price 150,00 €
3rd price 125,00 €     

Group E
1st price 200,00 €     
2nd price 175,00 €     
3rd price 150,00 €     

The pianoforte factory Julius Blüthner donates a special price.


In each category the competition will be held in one round.
The competition will take place in the auditorium of the Rahn Education Freies Gymnasium im Stift Neuzelle.
Blüthner grand pianos will be available for the competition.
Practice facilities are available at the music school "Clara Schumann" on the Rahn Education campus Neuzelle.


The participants will cover the costs for travel and accommodation. We are happy to assist our guests in finding hotel accommodation in Neuzelle.


In the event that a pandemic (e.g. Covid-19) at the time of the competition in question makes it impossible to hold the competition in the usual way, the organizer reserves the right to cancel or postpone the competition or, if possible, to hold it in an alternative form. By registering, the participants, their parents and teachers accept such a decision.

For the planning and implementation of the competition as well as its documentation and evaluation, the processing of personal data is necessary. This is governed by the provisions of the European Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO), the

Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG-neu) and, if applicable, other relevant legal provisions.

The recording of the events within the framework of the competition is exclusively reserved for the organizer. All image and sound rights are held by the organizer.

With the registration, the participant(s) or the legal guardian(s) acknowledge(s) the conditions of the competition announcement.

The organizer expects the laureates to participate in the closing ceremonies.