The Competition is open to pianists of any nationality, born after April 16, 1988, with the exception of those who have received the Prize “Jaén” previously. The organisers of the contest have the right to select candidates on the basis of their “curriculum vitae” and a website link with an audiovisual recording of the participant, which necessarily include works he/she wants to play in the Contest. The participants are exempt to send this recording, if they participated in one of the last five editions of our competition or won some prize in a competition, which is member of the World Federation of International Music Competition (FMCIM /WFIMC), this prize must be accredited. Also if necessary we shall request an introductory letter from a distinguished professor.

The accommodation and breakfast expenses for all the participants during his participation in the competition will be at charges of the Organisation. The rooms are to share with another participant. Those participants, they prefer a single room; have to arrange and pay the accommodation in our city on his own and their load.

Applications may be submitted from the 20th June until the March 4th 2020; after this date will not be admitted any application. The Organisation will inform the candidates about his definitely acceptance in the Competition from March 11, 2020. 

The application process has to be done online through the website:

The established enrolment fee of 80 Euros, have to be paid to the following account:

IBAN: ES90 2103 1210 59 1101000228


Bank: savings bank Unicaja    Address: c/Cronista Cazabán, s/n, 23001 Jaén


The receipt of payment must be sent together with the application. All the bank charges relating to the transfer are to be paid by the contestants. This application fee will not be refunded under any circumstances.

The draw of lots take place on April 16th, 2020, from approximately 9.30 pm, once the inaugural concert ends, at the Infanta Leonor Theater. All contestants must be present at this drawing of lots, in the order to determine the order of performances. Any absence have been justified and accepted by the organization, at previous request of the participant.

At this time, the location and schedule of the various performances will be indicated.

The Competition consists of three eliminatory performances and the final round:

  • First and second round; piano solo
  • Third round; piano solo and Chamber Music with the Bretón String Quartet.
  • Final with the Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra.

The repertoire of each round is sorted by groups, according to the annexed program. After each eliminatory performance the Jury will announce its judgement and designate the participants who are qualified to take part in the next round, or in case the prize-winners (for the third round no more than 6 participants and 3 for the final stage).

  • FIRST ELIMINATORY PERFORMANCE. – All the participants shall interpret the works included in Group A, without exceeding the 20 minutes time limit.
  • SECOND ELIMINATORY PERFORMANCE. – Once the candidates have successfully passed the first elimination, they are obliged to play one piece from Group B and another one from Group C, without exceeding the 50 minutes time limit. Those participants, who wish to interpret the custom piece as an option, will also have the extra time that this work lasts (apart from the 50 minutes).
  • THIRD ELIMINATORY PERFORMANCE. – All participants who qualify, shall play one piece from Group D and another one from Group E, respecting this order and freely chosen by themselves, with a minimum of 50 minutes and maximum a 75 minutes time limit.
  • FINAL PERFORMANCE WITH ORCHESTRA. – All the candidates, who qualify for the final, shall play a concerto from Group F for piano and orchestra.

All works must be played from memory, with the exception of the score of the custom piece and the Chamber Music piece.

Before taking part in the Competition, the participants must present an official document (National Identity Card, Passport or similar document) proving their identity.

The Competition will be held between 17th to 25th April, 2020. On 25th April will be publicly announced the decision of Jury at the closing ceremony of the Competition.

The Jury will be appoint between important persons with a prestigious artistic career and merit in the international piano world. Those names and remuneration will be published in the BOP of Jaén (Official Bulletin of the Province of Jáen) at least fifteen days before Competition. The decision of the Jury will be final and irrevocable, and will be ratify, if applicable, by the competent department of the County Council of Jaén (Diputación Provincial de Jaén) in the order to award the prizes. 

To award the different prizes the jury will take his decision based on the quality and aptitude, interpretation and musical culture of candidates, appropriate to award this activity, the purpose specific of this competition. 

The First Prize will be declared void only in case all the members of the Jury vote “NO”. Otherwise, the Jury is obliged to propose the award of the Prize.

The awards, subject – if applicable – to the legally established tax deductions, shall be as follows:


Sponsored by Diputación Provincial de Jaén: Gold Medal, Diploma, a Compact Disc recording with the record label Naxos, which one could be record live during the competition*, and

A concert tour sponsored by: Real Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País de Jaén, International Festival of Music and Dance “Ciudad de Úbeda” in Úbeda and Ferd. Thürmer in the concert hall “Thürmer-Saal” in Bochum/Germany.

20.000 Euros
SECOND PRIZE, sponsored by Diputación Provincial de Jaén, Diploma and  12.000 Euros
THIRD PRIZE, sponsored by the Fundación Unicaja, Diploma and8.000 Euros



“CHAMBER MUSIC” PRIZE, sponsored by Diputación Provincial de Jaén,

Diploma and

8.000 Euros
“ROSA SABATER” PRIZE, sponsored by the Mayor of Jaén for the best interpreter of Spanish music, include in the Group C. Diploma, and a concert in the city of Jaén sponsored by the Real Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País, and6.000 Euros

“CONTEMPORARY MUSIC” PRIZE, sponsored by the Culture Ministry of

the Spanish Government goes to the best interpreter of the custom piece, Diploma, record in the recording for the Naxos label of this edition and

6.000 Euros

“AUDIENCE PRIZE”, by audience voting during the final performance.

Bronze Sculpture, without prize money.


* The CD for the First prize-winner will be record preferential in the days subsequent the Competition, therefore the winner must stay in Jaén, in the order to attend the obligations ensuing from this prize.


The payment of prizes will be made by bank transfer to the account that the beneficiary indicates on their creditor sheet, which should be submitted as part of the admission letter.

To justify the prize money awarded by the County Council, the prize-winner must sign a document, which one enclosed the following information: personal details of the winner, the prize money and the legally established deductions for tax purposes.

The winner of the First Prize will offer a small concert, with a work of his choice, at the awards ceremony.

The Organisation could propose during the Competition some recitals in different places in the Province of Jaén for those participants who were eliminate of Competition but showed, based on the judgment of jury, a special artistic level.

 Each participant who successfully passes the first eliminatory stage and participate in the second eliminatory round will receive a travel grant of 300 Euros. This amount will be raised to 400 Euros if the participant in question also passes the second stage, participate in the third round but does not obtain any prize.

 At the proposal of Jury, the Organisation could agree a travel grant of maximum 350 Euros for participants of this edition, in the order to facilitate them the participation in the next International Piano Competition Prize “Jaén”. This grant is non-transferable to any other further edition of competition and will be paid once the candidates in question has participated, at least, in the first round of the next competition.

 The 62º International Piano Competition Prize “Jaén” 2020, reserves the reproduction rights by radio, video and television broadcast from the different eliminatory tests. Also rights reserved for a Compact Disc recording. Therefore, the Organization will be able to commercialize and transfer the above-mentioned rights freely, exclusively and with no limitation in favour of any person or firm. This transfer of rights is agreed gratuitously.

Compatibility or incompatibility with other subventions, grants, deposits or resources.

       According to the article 35.39 of the budget of County Council of Jaén for 2019, the prizes they will be award on charges of the competition 2020, are compatible with other subventions, grants, deposits or resources from any administration, public or private corporation, national, from the European Union or from international corporation, which one could be grant the beneficiary after the prize award. 

The participation in the 62º International Piano Competition Prize “Jaén” involve the complete acceptance of the aforementioned conditions.

Jaén, Junio de 2019