" Carl Filtsch ''




                     Competition & Festival



                 for Pianists and Composers


                            XXV edition

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            Since the first edition in 1995, Carl Filtsch’s Competition has gradually established during its 23 years, thus becoming the most important piano performance competition from Transylvania.   

            Besides the main organizer represented by The State Philharmonic from Sibiu, this project has been supported by many institutions, foundations and associations that have been involved in this festival. We list here: Sibiu County Council, Sibiu City Hall, General Consulate of Germany in Sibiu, Haus Des Deutschen Ostens München, Münchener Musikseminar, Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania, Münchensiebenbürgisch-Sächsische Stiftung, Heimatgemeinschaft der Deutschen aus Hermannstadt, Landmannschaft der Siebenbürger Sachsen in Deutschland, Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Arbeit und Sozialordnung, Familie und Frauen.

            The jury was mainly formed by seven members, outstanding personalities of Romanian and international musical life. We mention some famous names here: Peter Szaunig (Germany), Walter Krafft (Germany), the two being also the founding members of the Contest, Leonhard Westermayr (Germany), Tomislav Baynov, Georges Petrov, Dimitar Zenghinov, Daniela Andonova (Bulgaria), Perfecto Garcia Charnet (Spain), László Baranyai, Balázs Szokolai (Hungary), Francois Robert Girolami (France), Waldemar Köhn (Ukraine), Paolo Pollice, Rafaele Vinci (Italy), Tatiana Levitina (Russia), Dan Voiculescu, Valentin Gheorghiu, Dan Grigore, Nicolae Brânduş, Gheorghe Costin, Mihai Ungureanu, Viniciu Moroianu, Vlad Dimulescu, Dragoş Mihăilescu, Csíky Boldizsár (Romania).

            Many competitors from abroad (Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, South   Korea, Croatia, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Hungary) took part into the competition and the amount of prizes has reached 10,000 euros for several years.

            We would like to mention some of the laureates who won the first prize and had an exceptional performance. Among them, there are pianists that have an impressive career now, whose piano activity is found on the greatest stages of the world. Fan Chyang Yi (Taiwan), Zaranok Slavomir (Belarus), Gudre Zane (Latvia), Alexandra Dariescu (Romania), Alexandru Timofeev (Republic of Moldova), Vucadinovici Ksenia (Serbia), Khozianov Nicolai (Russia), Adela Liculescu (Romania), Tetiana Shafran (Ukraine), Petrova Ilinka (Bulgaria), Szczepan Konczal (Poland), Osminin Alexander (Russia), Mattson Viktor (Sweden), Demény Balázs (Hungary), Kiselev Dmitrii (Russia), Voropciuc Izabela (Romania), Mokrtskyi Vladyslav (Ukraine), Boţac Cadmiel (Romania), Masleev Dimitry (Russia).


              The first edition of the „Carl Filtsch” International Piano Competition and Festival took place between 28th of August and 3rd of September 1995. Sibiu has been hosting the event for 23 years, being the nearest cultural centre to the place of Carl Filtsch’s birth (Sebeş-Alba/Mülbach) and the idea of setting up this competition-festival belongs to the professors: Peter Szaunig and Walter Krafft. Fortunately, the Sibiu Fortress has carefully preserved the cultural heritage left by the Transylvanian Saxons, the atmosphere of the city still bears, in the most significantly way, the existence of an outstanding culture in the context of the era. The effort of the two saxon teachers was supported by a generous help of the local authorities (County Council, Sibiu City Hall, Sibiu Philharmonic), thus this festival becoming the most eloquent example for the promotion of multiculturalism. A phenomenon that the modern world wants to be proud of.

            Of course Carl Filtsch’s name was unknown at first, both in the country and abroad, but due to the sustained effort of several musicians, mainly pianists, the Festival has gradually become during the 23 years, one of the most prestigious events of its kind in Transylvania.

            Since 1993 personalities like Csíky Boldizsár Jr. and Leonhard Westermayr completely mastered Carl Filtsch’s compositions including them in the concert programs of their own tours making them known to the public around the world, in countries like: Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Germany, Scotland, Russia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Hungary, Czech Republic, USA, Japan.

            The share of the Festival has increased step by step, two recitals and a gala concert being held with the winners of the three categories in the competition. After the first edition besides several concert pianists (Leonhard Westermayr/Germany, Csíky Boldizsár jr., Adela Liculescu, Octavian Renea /Romania, Slawomir Zaranok/Russia, Andreea Calvani/Italy, Massimiliano Valenti/Italy, Alberto Lodoletti/Italy, Izabela Voropciuc, Mihai Ritivoiu /Romania, Olivier de Spiegeleir/Belgium, Josu de Solaun/Spain etc.) there were also various famous chamber ensembles that performed here (Gabriel Croitoru-violin and Horia Mihail-piano, Matthew Baker- bass-baritone and Johann Markel-piano, Valentin Gheorghiu-piano și Roxana Gheorghiu-piano, Cristian Florea-cello and Steluța Radu- piano, Cristina Bojin-flute and Cristina Mureșan-piano, Horia Văcărescu-violin and Chiho Tsunakawa-piano/Japan, Cristina Anghelescu-violin and Viniciu Moroianu-piano, Transylvanian Saxophone Quartet, Tromba Felix Brass Quartet, Maxim Quartet,  Enescu Quartet,  Transilvan Quartet, Gaudeamus Quartet), offering an extra colour to this cultural project.


Carl Filtsch (1830-1845) born in Sebeș, Chopin's favorite student, pianist and composer, was one of Transylvania's great musical talents. Carl Filtsch's personality, compositional and interpretive style sparked the musical world of Europe in the mid-19th century. This is evidenced by the relationship he had with the most important composers of the time: Chopin or Liszt, the reception at all the royal courts of Europe, his presence in all the significant intellectual circles of Vienna or Paris and the numerous articles published in the publications of the time from every corner he had visited.  Despite his unexpected and premature disappearance, he continued to dwell in the consciousness of all those he had the opportunity to touch and inspire. At that moment, considered one of the brightest stars in the sky of romantic Europe, Filtsch also left his mark on the Transylvanian communities through the two tournaments he undertook in the homeland he loved so much. This artistic legacy came to us through the efforts of some great personalities and communities of the 20th century. They continue at the beginning of the 21st century, being able to serve as a model for restoring, preserving and living some values ​​that formed and define us. The personalities who set out to bring back to the public consciousness the artistic legacy left by Carl Filtsch are Peter Szaunig and Walter Krafft, notably through the founding and organizing of the Carl Carltsch International Piano and Composition Competition and Festival in Romania. Of the pianists who have done the most in this artistic movement, Csíky Boldizsár is noted, who not only recorded the entirety of Filtsch's works but also performed them in numerous concerts both in the country and abroad. Filtsch's sensitivity and precocity could only develop as a result of a unique socio-cultural environment in Sebeș and its surroundings, characterized by certain customs and patterns of polyethical life typical of Transylvania. Period within the family (1830-1837): The love and affection received in the family, the special attention of the parents towards his needs, activities and customs in the house parents have propelled Filtsch to develop on several essential planes, such as: musical listening, multilingualism, focused study and stage presence. The Vienna Period (1837-1841): Involving the Bánffy family in Filtsch's destiny opens the way to Vienna where it has all the best of this city: the most important teachers - Wieck, Mittag, Sechter; the friendship of personalities like Liszt or Thalberg and the grace of the entire imperial court. In 1840 Carl writes at home: "Franz Liszt is now in Vienna. I went to his concerts and I met with him often. I played them in Count Amadei's house. I wanted to kiss his hand, but he said, "No, don't do this, we're colleagues!" When I returned to the piano, I joined my improvisations, imitating with thunder on the left and on the right with lightning. I haven't heard anything more beautiful in my life. - God, how can this man sing! He gave me his transcript at Schubert's Serenade with the dedication: The wonderful child of Transylvania. " He also undertakes a tour in his homeland, having a great impact on the public, which results from the articles published in the press of the time.

The Parisian Period (1841-1843): It was a very special period in Filtsch's life. In addition to being Chopin's favorite student and a truly exceptional performer of his music, Filtsch is the focus of attention in all circles of Parisian high society, where he achieves success after success by interpreting monumental works. From Meyerbeer's, Chopin's and Liszt's never-before-seen statements to receiving a Erard piano gift or organizing a farewell evening with 500 guests at Baron Rotschild's house, all this reveals only part of Filtsch's fame. in Paris. In August 1842 Joseph writes to his parents: "While Chopin was gone, Liszt offered to give the boy piano hours. One by one, Liszt presents him as a miracle child from his country. Liszt is not married, but has a 10-year relationship with Countess d'Agoult, one of France's most important families, and her two wonderful daughters live together with his mother, Mrs. Liszt. He invited us to a party in the house of this beautiful and kind lady. The whole aristocracy of music and science, even Berlioz (the same one, to whom the great Paganini offered him 20,000 fr. After listening to the symphony) and ladies from the high 

society of the whole world were present here. Carl was very successful here and was declared the successor of Liszt, to whom he declared: "If the kid starts to travel the world, I will have to close my shop!" Liszt gave him the free hours, as a patriotic obligation and for his own glory, as he declares, while Chopin regularly received 20 francs ”. Once, after playing his Concerto in a minor, Chopin declared with tears in his eyes, "God, what a child! No man understood me as well as this child, he is the most special of all the ones I have met. It is not a copy, it is a feeling, a musical feeling that makes him sing spontaneously, without intention, as if it should be. Almost all my pieces he sings so, without ever hearing them performed by me, without the slightest indication from me - he does not interpret them exactly like me, because he puts his own mark - but his interpretation is no less. valuable than mine. " London Tour (1843): In 3 months spent in London, alongside the special appearance in front of Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace, Filtsch is also credited with making Chopin beloved by the English public.


"Musical World" note: "Carl Filtsch is one of the most wonderful appearances in the history of art. In the two months since he is with us, he has acquired a rare reputation. He has shown us that it is not unnatural for a teenager, even a child, to have the spirit and energy of a man. There is no brighter future than this child promises. " "Musical World" also wrote "Carl Filtsch deserves his reputation for being the one who made Chopin to please the English public. In addition he laid the foundation stone to a glory that - this is our prophecy - will not have equal in the annals of music. " The queen gave the boy a gold chain as a sign of her appreciation. Shadows of the End (1843 - 1845): He returns for a short time to Vienna, then spends the summer of 1844 happy in Transylvania. Symptoms such as flu or measles had already appeared in his letters. At the doctors' recommendation, he was sent to Venice for a bath along with Countess Bánffy, but although he hoped and believed that he was on the road to recovery, in the summer of 1845 he left behind those who loved him so much.


1. The 25th edition of the International “Carl Filtsch“ Piano and Composition Competition will take place between July 10th-15th 2021 in Sibiu-Hermannstadt / Romania. The competition festival is dedicated to the memory of this exceptional Transylvanian musician who was born in 1830 in Sebeş-Alba-Mühlbach (Transylvania) and died in Venice in 1845.


2. Young musicians from all over the world are invited to participate in this international meeting of young pianists and composers. The competition will be organised for three age groups:
A. born on or after May 27th, 2009
B. born between May 27th, 2005 and May 26th, 2009
C. born between May 27th, 1990 and May 26th, 2005


3. The Jury will evaluate and award prizes not only for the piano performances of the candidates, but also for their own piano compositions.


The competition takes place in one round for the categories A and B.
Category A:
The total repertoire duration should be between 10 and 15 minutes. The programme must  comprise works from the following three categories:
a) a polyphonic piece (pieces) of the Baroque period
b) one of the following compositions by Carl Filtsch: Romanza, Andante op.1, nr.1, Barcarolle or three preludes from “Six small preludes”
c) one or more works at the candidate’s free choice


Optional: one or more own compositions that will be included in the maximum playing time and have a minimum duration of 2 minutes.


Category B:
The total repertoire duration should be between 20 and 25 minutes. The programme must comprise works from the following three categories:
a) a polyphonic piece (pieces) of the Baroque period
b) one of the following five compositions by Carl Filtsch: Adagio in c minor (“Adieu”), Mazurka, Nocturno op.1, nr.2, Nocturno op.14, in C sharp Major or Preludium and fugue in c minor, Etude op.10 in A major
c) one or more works at the candidate’s free choice


Optional: one or more own compositions that will be included in the maximum playing time and have a minimum duration of 2 minutes.


Category C:
The competition in Category C will take place in three rounds:


In the first round the total duration should be maximum 15 minutes and works from the following three categories must be  presented:
a) a prelude and fugue from the Well-tempered Clavier, Book I or II of J. S. Bach
b) two etudes from opus 10 or opus 25 of Fr. Chopin
c) one of the following compositions of Carl Filtsch: Impromptu in B flat minor, Impromptu in G flat major, Introduction and Variations in A major, Etude op.8 in F major.


Optional: one or more own compositions that will be included in the maximum playing time and have a minimum duration of 3 minutes.


In the second round (with repertoire duration duration of maximum 30 minutes), the following repertoire is required:
a) first movement from one of the Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven sonatas
b) one or more pieces from the Romantic period
c) one or more 20th century or contemporary pieces


In the third round, the candidate must choose one of the following concertos for piano and  orchestra:
W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto n. 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27.
L. van Beethoven: Piano Concerto n. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Carl Filtsch: Concert piece for piano and orchestra
F. Chopin: Piano Concerto n. 1, 2.
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor
F. Liszt: Piano Concerto n. 1, 2
E. Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor
P. I. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto n. 1
S. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto n. 2


5. All pieces in all age categories are to be played by memory. The music scores of all the works performed in the competition, including own compositions, must be submitted to the jury.


Category A: 1200 Euro
Category B: 2200 Euro
Category C: 1st Prize 3000 Euro 2nd Prize 2000 Euro 3rd Prize 1000 Euro

Special Prizes
- Special Prize for the best interpretation of a piece by Carl Filtsch
- Special Prize for an own composition
- Special Prize “Peter Szaunig”
- The winner of the C Category will perform a concert with the Sibiu State Philharmonic and ”Ion Dumitrescu” Philaharmonic Orchestra from Rm. Vâlcea.


7. First-prize winners of previous editions of Carl Filtsch competition cannot participate anymore in the same age category.


8. The jury reserves the right not to award prizes or to divide them among candidates within the same category.Prize winners are obliged to participate in the winners concert, otherwise they are losing the right to their money prize.
All the candidates will receive participation certificates.


9. The decisions of the jury are irrevocable, appeals are not accepted.


Applications should be sent until 1 st of July 2021 to the following address:
Secretariat ”Carl Filtsch” Competition
Str. Cetatii 3-5
550160 Sibiu-Romania
Tel.: 004 0735566490,
Fax: 004 0269 210 264
E-mail: secretar.muzical@filarmonicasibiu.ro
In addition to the enclosed application form, the following items must also be sent:
- Certificate of birth (or photocopy of the relevant page of
the passport)
- Exact description of the programme with the duration of
the individual pieces


The participation fee is 30 € for the categories A and B and 50 € for category C. The amount can be paid in Romanian currency (lei), at the office of the competition, on the day of candidate’s arrival in Sibiu.


11. With the application the candidate is bound to the regulations of the competition.


12. The opening event of the competition will take place on 10th July 2021 at 7 p.m. On this occasion a draw of lots will take place, in which the order of performances in the competition will be determined. Afterwards the opening concert of the festival will follow.


13. All auditions are public and will take place at the headquarters of the Sibiu State Philharmonie

 The prizes will be awarded during the Gala Concert on November 12th 2020.


14. The jury is made up of internationally recognized pianists and composers.


15. During the competition, candidates can practice daily at the Henry Selbing Hall of the Sibiu Philharmonic.


16. Carl Filtsch`s compositions are available in the following collected edition:
Ferdinand Gajewski: http://www.freewebs.com/fjgajewski/


Information on accommodation possibilities can be obtained from the Philharmonic Secretariat. In order to obtain advantageous prices, the organizers can recommend accommodation on partner hotels.
Further information about accommodation and the competition festival “Carl Filtsch“ may be had on the phone 004 0735566490 on weekdays between 10 and 13 h.
E-mail: secretar.muzical@filarmonicasibiu.ro


The jury is made up of internationally recognized pianists and composers.

Str. Cetatii 3-5, 550160 Sibiu-Romania
Tel.: 004 0735566490,
Fax: 004 0269 210 264
E-mail: filarmo@filarmonicasibiu.ro



Download the registration form HERE


Applications should be sent until 1st of July 2021 to the following address:
Secretariat ”Carl Filtsch” Competition
Str. Cetatii 3-5
550160 Sibiu-Romania
Tel.: 004 0735566490,
Fax: 004 0269 210 264
E-mail: filarmo@filarmonicasibiu.ro


In addition to the enclosed application form, the following items must also be sent:
- Certificate of birth (or photocopy of the relevant page of the passport)
- Exact description of the programme with the duration of the individual pieces