Bertold Hummel Competition
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9th Bertold Hummel Competition
22nd -  24th November 2019



Between 22nd and 24th November 2019 the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg is organising, in collaboration with the Bertold Hummel Foundation the ninth  Bertold Hummel Competition for instrumental students of all music universities and conservatories in Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The instrumental specialty in this competition is Harp.

With this competition, the
Hochschule für Musik Würzburg and the Bertold Hummel Foundation wish to pass on to younger generations of musicians an active involvement with the work of the composer Bertold Hummel (1925-2002). With his wide-ranging œuvre, he is considered an important representative of German cultural life in the second half of the 20th century. Throughout his life, Bertold Hummel was energetically engaged in promoting upcoming young musicians, not only in his position as President (later Honorary President) of the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, but also in many other cultural/political bodies in Bavaria and beyond the borders of the Federal Republic of Germany.

A word of welcome
The ninth Bertold Hummel Competition is taking place in Würzburg in 2019 and is dedicated to classical harp literature with an emphasis on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. I was very pleased to take over the patronage of this competition, having of course been closely linked with Bertold Hummel on an intellectual and personal level from his beginnings in Freiburg and later during his work in Bavaria. May the reputation of the competition named after him in turn spread to the music universities and conservatories of Austria, Belgium, France, German, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland and attract many young artists – bringing joy to the performers and honouring the memory of an important creator and teacher of music.

Munich, 5th January 2019

Prof. Dr. Hans Maier
Former Bavarian Minister of State for Education and Culture.

Hans Maier: Notes on Bertold Hummel / Plea for the original oeuvre of the contemporary Composer


1. Prize 3000 Euro

2. Prize 2000 Euro

3. Prize 1000 Euro


Prof. Dr. Christoph Wünsch President of the University of Music Würzburg - Chairman

Prof. Ronith Mues University of Music Mannheim

Prof. Stephen Fitzpatrick University of Music and Dramatic Arts Mozarteum Salzburg

Prof. Andreas Mildner University of Music Würzburg

Prof. Mirjam Schröder University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Competition Repertoire

1st Round (max. 20 minutes)

Bertold Hummel: Gregorianische Fantasie for Harp solo, op 97b (1995)

one étude from the following group:

Wilhelm Posse: Acht große Konzertetüden (1901)

Eric Schmidt: Six études (1954)

Carlos Salzedo: Five Poetical Studies (1919)


Louis Spohr: Fantasie c-moll op. 35 (1807)


Louis Spohr: Variationen in F-Dur op. 36 (1807)

2nd Round (max. 30 minutes)

one work from the following group:

Benjamin Attahir: De l’obscurité II (2012)

Luciano Berio: Sequenza II (1963)

Harrison Birtwistle: Crowd (2005)

Elliott Carter: Bariolage (1992)

Franco Donatoni: Marches (1979)

Heinz Holliger: Präludium, Arioso und Passacaglia (also single movements possible) (1987)

Toshio Hosokawa: Neben dem Fluss for harp (1982)

Betsy Jolas: Tranche  (1976)

Bruno Mantovani: Tocar  (2007)

Fuminori Tanada: Myterious Morning I (1995)


one work from the following group:

André Caplet: Deux Divertissements  pour harpe (1924)

Jean Cras: Deux Impromptu pour harpe (1925)

Marcel Grandjany: Rhapsodie pour harpe (1922)

Henriette Renié: Légende pour harpe (1904)

Marcel Tournier: Sonatine Op.30 (1924)


Any "Praeludium and Fugue" from the Well-Tempered Piano by J.S. Bach (any transcription)

Competition venue: Chamber Music Room (Kammermusiksaal) of the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, in the building by the Residence (Gebäude am Residenzplatz)


On the evening before the competition - Thursday, 21 November 2019 - instruments can be rehearsed from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. which are kindly provided in an exhibition by Salvi / Lyon& Healy Germany and during the competition. During the Bertold Hummel Competition, the exhibition will also be located in the building by the Residenz.

Friday, 22nd November 2019

1st Round

11:00 a.m.

Afterwards announcement of the winners of the first round

Saturday, 23rd November 2017

2nd Round

02:00 p.m

Afterwards announcement of the winners of the competition

Sunday, 24th November 2017

11.00 Matinée with the prize winners in the presence of the Patron, Prof. Dr. Hans Maier

Detailed timetable

All events are open to the public!

Requirements for participation

The competition is open to all students who at the time of the Competition are matriculated at a music university or a conservatory in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland. By registering they confirm that they will keep themselves free of all professional obligations and be present at the competition venue. Both rounds are public. The prize winners will be announced after the end of the second round. The jury’s decisions regarding the results of the competition are final and not subject to appeal. Eliminated participants have the opportunity to receive advice from the jury. The prize winners undertake to perform at the closing Matinee. They do not however have any right to a fee. The organiser of the competition is not liable for damage to persons or property.

Closing date for applications: October 31st, 2019


The Bertold Hummel Competition is organised by the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg in collaboration with the registered charity Bertold Hummel-Stiftung Hamburg / business office: Heimhuder Straße 6, 20148 Hamburg / Tel 040-41350491 / / contact person: Thomas Hummel

Previous prize winners of the Bertold Hummel Competition

Prize winners 2017 - Saxophone

Prize winners 2015 - Flute

Prize winners 2013 - Piano

Prize winners 2011 - Bassoon

Prize winners 2009 - Organ

Prize winners 2007 - Percussion

Prize winners 2006 - Violoncello

Prize winners 2005 - Violin

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