Jury and COVID info

We are happy to announce that the Lied-competition will again take place in the famous “Schloß Velden”. We also heartly welcome our jury members of the 4 categories of this year’s competition, who you can find here.

Please note that in order to take part in our competition, you will have to be vaccinated or recovered from the coronavirus, the third option is to test yourself directly in Pörtschach or Velden. We will keep you updated about testing possibilities at our competition.

Registration open!

The registration for the 28th Johannes Brahms Competition is open.

As in the previous year, we are affected by planning uncertainties due to the COVID situation. Nevertheless, we intend to hold the competition as planned. However, if a cancellation should become necessary, we will announce this as early as possible. Should we have to cancel the competition, the registration fee will be refunded.

Click here to get to the registration page.
Application deadline: July 15th, 2021.


Parts of the competition will also be held in Velden.

Latest arrival day for the viola and cello sections is Saturday, 04.09.2021, for chamber music and voice, Sunday, 05.09.2021.

The prizewinners’ concert will take place on Sunday, 12 September at 5 p.m. in the Casineum Velden, where there is also an audience prize to be won.

Here you will find a list of reasonably priced apartments and bed and breakfasts.


Update Competition 2021


The regulations for this year’s competition are being worked on and will be published online soon. In general, no major changes are planned, but for the

Viola, however, the Sonata for Viola and Piano by Johannes Kropfitsch will have to be prepared as a compulsory piece in the 1st round. The sheet music for it can be downloaded here.

The work is not to be presented in its entirety. You can choose:  movements 1, 2 and 3 or movements 3, 4 and 5.

In preparation, the composer Johannes Kropfitsch has provided a video of the piano part as a playalong.
Write to info@brahmscompetition.org and we will send you a link.

Furthermore, Johannes Kropfitsch has agreed to personally provide the piano accompaniment for the competition! We thank him very much!

Prize money

Viola, Cello, Song

First prize: EUR 3000.-
Second prize: EUR 1500.-
Third prize: EUR 750.-

Best song accompaniment

EUR 1500

Chamber Music

First prize: EUR 4000
Second Prize: EUR 2000.-
Third prize: EUR 1000


Prizewinners of the 27th Johannes Brahms Competition

© Andrej Grilc



The prizewinner’s concert will take place on Sunday, 9th 5pm at the Casineum Velden.


1st place: Adam Koch Christensen  

2nd place: Chiara Sannicandro

3rd place: Jiaqi Lu


1st place: Takehiro Konoe

2nd place: Momoko Aritomi

3rd place: Emiko Yuasa


1st place: Ettore Pagano

2nd place: Jaromir Kostka

3rd place: Jeongheon Nam


1st place: Misaki Morino  

2nd place: Sofia Pavone

3rd place: Hongyu Chen

Best voice accompanist

Yuto Kiguchi

Special awards

ESTA award

Maria Sotriffer and Erik Mayr

Special prize of the Johannes Brahms Society

Erik Mayr

Special prize by Johannes Kropfitsch for the best presentation of the modern compulsory piece “Toccata” from the Cello Sonata by Johannes Kropfitsch

Jeongheon Nam

Concerts of competition participants in Japan 2018

In 2018 several former price winners of the Johannes Brahms Competitiors are invited to play concerts in Japan.

  • Johannes Marcel Kits, winner of the cello competition in 2016, will be playing a concert in Tokyo in February 2018, as well as one in Utsunomiya.
  • The duo YUI Kasumi (piano) and PARK Soo-Hyun (violin), winners of the chamber music in 2016, will give a concert in Utsunomiya in May.
  • Belle Ting, second in the Violin competition in 2017, was invited to Japan for a concert in December 2018.