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Robert Schumann Piano Competition Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf, Northern Westphalia, Germany

Competition dates

19th – 20th of December 2020

1st Round Online  

The participants who will be admitted to the first round of the competition will record their program in the period between 7th – 13th of December 2020, in individual time slots allocated by the competition. The recordings of all competitors in the first round will be assembled by the directorship of the competition and will be presented online on 19th and 20th of December 2020 for the jury evaluation. Audiences worldwide will be able to follow the online presentation as well.

26th – 27th of February 2021

2nd Round Online

2nd October 2021

3rd Round Live in Düsseldorf 

The final round of the competition will be a chamber music performance, unlike the previous edition when the competitors performed a Concerto movement with an orchestra and it will be performed live at the Robert Schumann Saal in Düsseldorf.


1st October - 20th November, 2020

Competition categories

Category A:  up to 13 years (born after 22nd February 2007)
Category B: 14 to 17 years (born after 22nd February 2003)
Category C: 18 to 20 years (born after 22nd February 2000)


Category A up to 13 years: 1st Prize €2000; 2nd Prize €1500, 3rd Prize €750
Category B 14 - 17 years: 1st Prize €3000, 2nd Prize €2000, 3rd Prize €1000
Category C 18 - 20 years: 1st Prize €5000, 2nd Prize €3000, 3rd Prize €2000

Special prizes:
- special prize for the best interpretation of a work by Robert Schumann; 
- special prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned work by Manfred Trojahn;
- the winners will get the opportunity to perform at the Schumannfest 2021 in Düsseldorf in May/June.

Following the competition

The competition is open to public viewing and will be broadcasted via livestream

Next edition

February / March 2023

For more information visit the Robert Schumann Competition's website

Fact file
Deadline01 Oct - 20 Nov 2020
Finals02 Oct 2021
WhereDüsseldorf, Germany
Age groupsUp to 20 years
Jury 2021

Barbara Szczepanska, Germany (Chair) 
Michael Becker, Germany
Pavel Gililov, Austria 
Peiyu Huang, China 
Wolfgang Manz, Germany
Eric Le Sage, France
Natalia Trull, Russia
Manfred Trojahn, Germany (the composer will be a part of the jury in the 2nd round where his work will be interpreted)

Watch: 2019 competition