A decision of including a piano competition in our festival came from the intention to stimulate a more engaging and effective learning incentive. Besides the basic, educational nature of our program, we believe that this competitive tryout will encourage young pianists for greater improvements. At the same time, our essential goal is to cultivate a supportive and collegial atmosphere as much as possible unaffected by contesting tensions. Furthermore, the festival's essential aim is to nurture a judging system which will promote strictly fair evaluations/scoring, based on interpretational qualities and not affected by any non-musical aspects. Jury will not make any disparity between competitors who DO or DO NOT actively participate in the summer school.

Silvije Vidovic, Artistic Director



The 6th Karlovac International Piano Competition will be held in Karlovac Music School (Karlovac, Croatia) from 10th of July, 2019 (semi-final round) until 11th of July, 2019 (final round).

• The semi-final round will be held at Karlovac Music School recital hall, and the final round will take place in Zorin-dom Theatre, Karlovac.

• Competition is open to all pianists born between 1st of January 1981 and 31st of December 2001.

• Competition is open for all nationalities.

• Festival participants who are taking lessons with our faculty, and also wish to participate in the piano competition, are required to independently complete all competition application process.

• Competition-ONLY participants can observe all festival activities or may arrive/register right at the beginning of the competition. Since the semi-final round will start from the morning hours of July 10th, competitors who travel from abroad are advised to arrive to Karlovac by 9th of July, 2019.

• The piano tryout will be scheduled for the morning of July 10th (right before the beginning of semi-final) and potentially in the evening of July 9th. The exact times for performance, tryout, practicing, and warm-ups will be e-mailed to semi-finalists few days before the beginning of the competition.

Application deadline for the competition is 15th of May, 2019. Applicants will receive a confirmation of their acceptance to the semi-final round latest by 1st of June, 2019. A maximum of approximately 15 pianists will be accepted to the semi-final. Applicants who are not accepted to the semi-final selection, will receive a registration fee reimbursement (lessened by the bank transfer fee). In case if applied candidate decides to cancel his/her participation in the competition, registration fee will be returned only if the organizer is informed on that matter no latter than 20th of May, 2019 (cancellation needs to be sent to

• The winners’ names will be announced and official prize-giving ceremony will be held on 11th of July, 2019, approx. 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Final Round. The jury’s decision is final, however, all the competitors are encouraged to speak with the jury members afterwards.

• The prizes will be deposited to the winners' bank accounts no later then 10 days after the finals. No taxes will be accounted to the prize amount.






Semi-final round:

  • Approximately 4 pianists will advance to the Final round


    Final round



    Audience award (Final round) - 100 Euros

    Award for the best interpretation of the Croatian composer - 150 Euros

    The First Prize winner will have an opportunity for a piano concerto performance with Karlovac Chamber Orchestra (February, 2020), and will receive paid travel expenses up to 300 Euros as well as accommodation for three days. This event will be a part of birthday celebration of Karlovac Chamber Orchestra. The selection of piano concertos considered for this occasion will be announced after the completion of the competition.



    • Dang Thai Son, Vladimir Viardo, Silvije Vidovic (jury president)




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