Gustav Mahler Prize
Piano Competition 2021

The organizer of the competition is the Gustav Mahler Institute Prague in cooperation with the Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava.
The mission and goal of the competition is to deepen the interest and motivation of young talented pianists to interpret mutual understanding, interpretative confrontation, inspiration and love for music. The personality of the genius conductor and musical composer Gustav Mahler, who lived in Jihlava for the first 15 years of his life and inspired and enriched so much, reminds him of his noble ideas about the mission of music and is a permanent inspiration source and model for young musicians from all over the world.

Jihlava - the town where his passion for music began.
Jihlava - the town where his passion for music began.

"On 13-10-1870 there was, by way of an exception, an Abonnement suspendu, the reason being that a nine year-old boy, the son of a local Jewish tradesman named Mahler, was to be heard for the first time playing the piano before a large audience. The great success the future virtuoso achieved with his audience did him honour; one could only wish that for his excellent playing he had had an equally good instrument at his service. If the young artist's former teacher, Herr Kapellmeister Viktorin, hears of yesterday's success, he can certainly be pleased with his protege."

Gustav Mahler - First public concert in Jihlava

Competition rules

  • The competition will be via videos published on due to anti-epidemic measures.
  • The competition is open for competitors of all nationalities up to the age of 30.
  • The competition is a one-round competition, and the condition of the competition is to play from memory.
  • The repertoire is free.
  • The repertoire should consist of one or more pieces which has to fulfill the time limit.
  • The competition is divided into 11 age categories.
  • The video must be a real recording without editing, shot in one static shot, with the camera slightly away from the competitor. 
  • Must be visible on the competitor's hands and body at all times.
  • The video recording not more than 6 months old must be placed on, the competitor will include in the application the exact internet link to the video recording.
  • Each piece can have a separate link.
  • The full names of the pieces, the composer and the competitor, must be included in the video title or description (in English)
  • The video must be public (not private) and accessible throughout the competition. The competitor will not seek a financial reward for posting the video and gives consent to post the video on the organiser's web site to announce the results.
  • The organiser reserves the right not to open a category for organisational reasons or not to accept an application or to shorten the competition deadline for the competition for capacity reasons.
  • The competition deadline: 31.5.2021.
  • Announcement of results: 30.6.2021.
  • Failure to comply with the above conditions, as well as an apparent reading of the notes during the game, may result in the competitor being eliminated from the competition.

Competitive category and time limit  
of competitive video

Category                 year of birth                 Time limit of composition

       1                    2011 and younger                        max. 5 min.
       2                              2010                                   max. 8 min.
       3                              2009                                  max. 8 min.
       4                              2008                                 max. 10 min.
       5                              2007                                 max. 10 min.
       6                              2006                                 max. 10 min.
       7                              2005                                 max. 10 min.
       8                              2004                                 max. 12 min.
       9                        2001 - 2003                           max. 12 min.
      10                        1996 - 2000                          max. 13 min.
      11                          1991 - 1995                           max. 15 min.

  • The jury will assess the competitive performance of the competitors, determine the order of the competitors in each category, determine the absolute winner of the competition, determine the award holder.
  • The jury's deliberations are not public, the jury does not publish evaluations.
  • The jury's decision is final, indisputable and there is no appeal.
  • The jury will be appointed by the director of the Gustav Mahler Institute Prague.

Grand Prize:
Gustav Mahler Prize, Financial Prize 30,000 CZK and title "Absolute winner"

Special prices:
Prize of Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava
(presents the possibility of a concert performance (orchestral or chamber concert) in future years)

Prize of Chief Conductor of the Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava (Diploma)

Prize of Jury president (Diploma)

Prize for best Czech competitor (Diploma)

Each competitor receives a diploma (by email)

The jury may also award other special prizes, also reserving the right not to award one.

Application Procedure

Application shall be submitted exclusively electronically by completing an online form at (at the end of this page) and paying a registration fee. A proof of payment of the fee shall accompany the application. Applications may be submitted no later than May 31, 2021. 

Registration fee:

Registration fee:
1st - 5th category - € 50
6th - 8th category - € 80
9th - 10th category - € 100
11th category - € 111

The registration fee must be paid in full by bank transfer:
IBAN: CZ4820100000002601525645
Owner: Institut Gustava Mahlera, z.s.
address: Fio banka, a.s., Millennium Plaza, V Celnici 10, 117 21 Prague, Czech Republic

Fee can be paid via payPal (please contact us)

Please, enter the name of the competitor in the note/message to the recipient. 

The registration fee is non-refundable.


(Please, fill the application in English. Compulsory fill in bold lines. Proof of payment of the fee is a mandatory annex. You'll see a confirmation after you successfully submit your application.)