Piano Competition 2024

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.

Closing date: May 31, 2024

Announcement of results: June 30, 2024

Mahler's first public concert

"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."

Our Absolute Winners

2021 - Takuma Onodera (Japan)
2022 - Daniel Aulak (Poland)
2023 - Jakub Danys (Czechia)
2024 - You ?


  • The competition will be via videos published only on www.youtube.com.
  • The competition is open for competitors of all nationalities up to the age of 32, the competition is divided into 5 age categories.
  • The competition is a one-round competition, and the condition of the competition is to play from memory.
  • The repertoire is free and should consist of one or more pieces which has to fulfill the time limit.
  • 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 www.youtube.com, the competitor will include in the application the exact internet link to the video recording.
  • Each piece/composition 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 and accessible for the duration of the competition and for the next 6 months after the end of 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: 31.5.2024.
  • Announcement of results: 30.6.2024.
  • 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.
  • Application shall be submitted exclusively electronically by completing an online form at www.mahler.institute (at the end of this page) and paying a registration fee.

Age categories

category            Year of birth                   Time limit

       1                     2015 - 2019                  max. 8 min.

       2                    2012 - 2014                   8 - 12 min.

       3                    2009 - 2011                  10 - 15 min.

       4                    2006 - 2008                15 - 20 min.

       5                    1992 - 2005                  20 - 25 min. 


Prizes totalling €5000 will be awarded.

Gustav Mahler Prize - Grand Prix - Personalized Glass Trophy, Prize Money 30,000 CZK, Diploma - the Absolute Winner

Concerts in Prague and Jihlava

Prize of Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava

Prize of Chief Conductor of the Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava

Prize of Jury president

Prize of Director of Gustav Mahler Institute Prague

Prize for the best Czech competitor

Prizes for the interpretation of a compositions

Video lesson vouchers

Each competitor receives a diploma (by email) and the evaluation of the performance


Libor Nováček
Renáta Lichnovská
Jiří Jakeš

Univ. Prof. Libor Novacek BMus MMus
Solo pianist, Professor of Piano, Prague Conservatoire, Czech Republic

Doc. Mgr. Renata Lichnovská
pianist, pedagogue of The Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts Brno, Czech Republic

Mgr. Jiří Jakeš
Principal conductor of Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava, Czech Republic

  • 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.

Application Procedure

Application shall be submitted exclusively electronically by completing an online form at www.mahler.institute (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, 2024. You will receive a final confirmation of your participation in the competition after you have submitted your application and credited the payment of the registration fee to our bank account (it takes a few days). Please wait for the confirmation email. If you don't receive the email within a few days, send us a notification.

Registration fee:

category 1 - € 40 
category 2 - € 40 
category 3 - € 75
category 4 - € 75
category 5 - € 90

The bank fee is paid by the sender of the payment.

To pay the registration fee, use our bank account::
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 use our email for Paypal: manager@f-gm.cz or QR).

Application form

Please, fill in in English only!