The International Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours is fully restructured, please check the new format and requirements.

Geelvinck Square Piano Competition

Square Piano Competition

12th July 2018



13th, 15th and 20th August 2018

July 2019 Geelvinck Fortepiano Competition 2018-2019 ‘The Early Fortepiano’    July 2019 Geelvinck Square Piano Competition 2019     August 2019 Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours 2018-2019 Finals     More information on the 2019 events will be published in the autumn 2018.

International Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours

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International Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours 2018-2019 (7th edition)

The international competition on original historic fortepianos and square pianos
for early career professional fortepianists and conservatory students

Please note the deadline for application is extended to and including: 22nd June 2018.


Geelvinck Fortepiano Competition 2018 ‘The Romantic Fortepiano’
dedicated to Frédéric Chopin
Zutphen, 10th – 14thJuly 2018


This competition aims to stimulate early-career pianists to perform on original historic fortepianos and square pianos. It intends to be a stepping-stone for emerging pianists in the realm of the historically informed performance.


The International Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours is part of the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival, which is annually organised by the Geelvinck Music Museums around the Geelvinck Collection of historic pianos and early keyboards, including the Sweelinck Collection.

The Concours consists of two separate competitions:
1. Geelvinck Fortepiano Competition
2. Geelvinck Square Piano Competition

The Geelvinck Fortepiano Competition is spread over two years (2018 and 2019) and split in three parts, two if which also can be taken separately: the ‘The Romantic Fortepiano’ in 10-14 July 2018 and ‘The Early Fortepiano’ in the 2nd week of July 2019. If you become a finalist in either (or both) Fortepiano Competition, you are invited for the Finals of the International Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours, which is scheduled for mid- (second part of) August 2019 (i.c. well after the MAf competition).

For ‘The Romantic Fortepiano’ competition in 2018, the winner receives the Geelvinck Fortepiano Chopin Award 2018 from the hands of H.E. Marcin Czepelak, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in The Hague.


The Geelvinck Square Piano Competition is annual. The winner of this year’s competition receives the Stanley Hoogland Square Piano Award 2018.


Click here for more information on the prizes.

Previous laureats, you will find in the Hall of Fame

Our competitions do not require an entrance fee or any other fee.
If you join the competition, the masterclasses are free of charge too.


Stay and visa
The competition takes place in Zutphen (Netherlands) at the Geelvinck Music Museum.

For your stay, we will provide you with a guest family home in or nearby Zutphen, which is free of charge. Of course, you can also take a B&B or a hotel room at your own expense.

In case you need a letter of visa support, we will provide this for you. If the cost for a one-time visa is above your budget, please let us know and we will try to come with a solution (i.c. cover part of these costs).

Zutphen is a charming small Hanseatic city on the banks of the IJssel River in the rural Eastern part of the Netherlands. You can easily reach it by train, as it is just some 1,5 hour by train from Amsterdam and 2,5 hour by train from Dusseldorf. The Geelvinck Music Museum is located right in the middle of the historic city in a late 18th century mansion, partly dating back to the late Middle Ages.

Open for the public
The performances of the competition program are open for the general public.

Festival performance
The winners of both competitions are invited to perform a recital in the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival in August 2018 on 11th and 16th August 2018 in the Geelvinck Music Museum in Zutphen.

Master classes during the festival
During the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival in August 2018 there are several master classes scheduled. For strongly suggest candidates to attend these master classes, which are free of charge.
And don’t miss the annual Geelvinck Fortepiano Symposium on 14th August.


Important dates 2018
– 15 June: closure date for emailing your application to the festival organisation
– 8 July: closure date for emailing your choices of compositions which you intend to perform, to the festival organization
– 8 July: closure date for emailing the scores
– from 9th July onwards: you can try out and rehearse on the historic instruments, depending availability
– 10 July: 1st Round International Geelvinck Fortepiano Competition 2018 ‘The Romantic Fortepiano’
– 11 July: 2nd Round International Geelvinck Fortepiano Competition 2018 ‘The Romantic Fortepiano’
– 12 July: Geelvinck Square Piano Competition 2018
– 13 July: finalists rehearsels
– 14 July: Finals Geelvinck Fortepiano Competition 2018 ‘The Romantic Fortepiano’ (Chopin Award)