Registration: until August 1st 2024

Registration: 01.04.-20.07.2024

International Piano competition for Amateurs

«Only talents are original, geniuses always repeat the same truths» — Egon Friedell

The Fourth Kölner Klavierzimmer, an international competition for amateur pianists, will take place from 28.08.2024 — 01.09.2024.
The competition is open to all piano lovers, young and old. Everyone is welcome!

The competition is called the Kölner Klavierzimmer because it emphasizes the idea of the individual and contrasts it with a professional career. It is primarily aimed at adult piano lovers, regardless of age. While it is possible to get together with other instruments in amateur orchestras, as a pianist you sometimes remain quite alone.

The primary purpose is therefore the shared experience of playing the piano: the Klavierzimmer is conceptualized as a competition and is intended to facilitate encounters and inspiring interaction. It is intended to offer a space where you can show and expand your own skills, where you can pause for a moment, play for yourself and others, listen, reflect, meet like-minded people and receive new ideas in the unifying and powerful atmosphere of the piano.

Conditions of participation

The competition is open to all age groups equally. The essential thing is that you do not earn your living by playing the piano in public, either in whole or in part, and that you are not studying for it. After all, this is about amateurs!

The competition format is based on the great demand for live music and live performances. At the same time, we also want to encourage those to take part who have to refrain from participating in person due to appointments or other reasons. Therefore, either on-line or in-person participation is possible.

There are several participation categories: Piano Solo, Piano Duo, Chamber Music Violin-
Piano and Piano Trio.
Other ensemble combinations are also accepted on request.

All participants in attendance will play on a Bösendorfer grand piano in the church of St. Heinrich and Kunigund. Online participation is possible by submitting one or more videos. A separate video may be recorded for each piece. The videos may not be cut or edited in any other way.
The videos must be recorded in horizontal format and explicitly for this competition!!!

To make this clear, please place a clearly visible sign with the words «Viertes Kölner Klavierzimmer»
in the picture. The videos will be sent by email to via

The submitted videos will be published on the competition’s YouTube channel on the first day of the competition.

Registration will be possible from 01.04.2024 up to and including 20.07.2024.

There will be a final concert by the participants. The concert will take place on Sunday, September 1, 2024 at 4 p.m. in the Church of St. Heinrich and Kunigund, Cologne, and is public.


The repertoire is free to choose. Everyone should present themselves with their favorite pieces of 5 to a maximum of 15 minutes. Own compositions are welcome. Playing by heart is welcome but not obligatory.
This applies to both the live performance and the video recording. The competition takes place in one round.


The venue is the church of St. Heinrich and Kunigund in Nippes, Cologne. The auditions are open to the public, friends and family are warmly invited to listen. Opportunities for participants to prepare are within 3 minutes walking distance.


The jury consists of personalities from the piano world who are highly experienced in both
concert performance and pedagogy, and for whom the artistic idea of amateur music-making
occupies an important position in everyday life.

Participation categories

The competition is aimed at piano players of all ages. There are 7 age categories.

A • 4-8 years (born 2016 and later)
                   B • 9-12 years (born 2012-2015)
C • 13-16 years (born 2008-2011)
                   D • 17-21 years (born 2003-2007)
E • 22-41 years (born 1983- 2002)
                   F • 42-65 years (born 1959-1982)
G • 66-99 years (born before 1958)

The participation fee is 45 Euros for categories A,B,C and D.
The participation fee is 85 Euros for categories E,F, and G.

Participants whose teachers are members of the DTKV will receive a 10% off.

Final concert

There will be a public final concert on Sunday, September 1st 2024 at 4 pm. Videos of the online participants and the final concert of the last Kölner Klavierzimmer in August 2023 can be found at:

final concert part 1

final concert part


Prizes are awarded according:

All participants will receive a diploma and feedback from the jury in person.
The diplomas of the online participants will be sent together with feedback in written form by e-mail.

Other Diplomas:

• the best interpretation of a work by a female composer
• the best interpretation of a work by CPE Bach
• the best interpretation of a work by Mozart
• the best interpretation of a work by Beethoven
• the best interpretation of a work by Chopin
• the best interpretation of a work by Mendelssohn Bartholdy
• the best interpretation of a work by Franz Michael Deimling
• the best interpretation of a highly virtuoso work
• the best interpretation of a work of film music
• the best own composition
• the most interesting program

Special Prizes:

• Orchestra concert as a soloist with the Kammersolisten Berlin

• A scholarship for a masterclass in Varazdin (Croatia)

• Study visit to Cologne (one week)

• Subscription for one year of «PianoNews» — magazine for piano and grand piano, sheet music, etc..


Invitation to the Bösendorfer piano factory

The winner 2023 – Viorica Izvoranu (Romania)

Further prizes: Orchesterkonzert with Kammersolisten Berlin – Winner 2023 Roman Cybulski (USA), Summer Piano Vocation in Varazdin (Croatia) — Winner 2023 – Emanula Zahari Donici (Germany)


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Svetlana Dedova +49 176 62020171 (WhatsApp)



Klavierzimmer e.V.
Gocher Strasse 19
50733 Köln, Germany

Tel.: +49 221 13 95 40 99

Bank details

Klavierzimmer e.V.
IBAN:DE39 3705 0198 1935 8763 40 SWIFT/BIC: COLSDE33

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Dr. Ana-Marija Markovina - Welcome speech

Dear friends of the piano!

A few years ago, we came up with a format that has already been successful several times. The Kölner Klavierzimmer is taking place for the fourth time this year.

We look forward to welcoming and hearing you in Cologne. As last year, it will certainly be an international success of encounters. We want to hear piano and piano chamber music that comes from the heart! We want everyone to be able to perform their own music freely and with joy. We hope that each individual and personal musical life can be realised in our Klavierzimmer. 

The certificates and awards, the discussions with the jury, the performances in front of an audience, all serve a single purpose: to keep you playing the piano.

Have fun practising!

Ana-Marija Markovina