4th year, 19th-22th January 2023

HAMU – Gallery, Malostranské náměstí 13, Praha 1

Competition is held by courtesy of Dagmar Patrasová



Základní umělecká škola Jana Hanuše, Praha 6

U Dělnického cvičiště 1/1100 B

Prague 6 – Břevnov

 in cooperation with Klub přátel školy při ZUŠ Jana Hanuše, Praha 6


The contestants will play in the order listed in the catalog – starting with the drawn letter D.

In the catalogue, the first contestant will be marked in bold. Watch the video of the draw.




1. The goal of the competition is to promote and popularize harp playing, support of mutual meetings and comparing players’ skills of young harpists.

Competition is designated as one-round, open to students under the age of 26 and of all grades  of art schools.

 2. Competition categories:

Category 1 Born in 2015 and younger 2 – 4 min
Category 2 Born in 2013 and 2014 3 – 5 min
Category 3 Born in 2011 and 2012 4 – 8 min
Category 4 Born in 2009 and 2010 5 – 10 min
Category 5 Born in 2006, 2007 and 2008 7 – 12 min
Category 6 Born in 2003, 2004 and 2005 10 – 16 min
Category 7 Born in 2000, 2001 and 2002 12 – 18 min
Category 8 Born in 1997, 1998 and 1999 14 – 20 min

Competitors in categories 1-2 will play the lever harp. Category 3 and higher are allowed to use only pedal harp.

Minimal duration limit for each category is mandatory. Participants that do not follow this rule will be disqualified.

The time limit also includes a mandatory piece.

The maximal limit may be exceeded by one minute, then the performance will be stopped with no influence on number of marks in the evaluation given by the jury. Non compliance with the choice with repertoire will be sanctioned by disqualification or reduction in points.


Competition performances are public.

There will be lever and pedal harps Lyon&Healy and Salvi available. All harps will be lend by Mr. Antony Gralak. Participants may also play their own instruments, brought on their own expense and responsibility.


The order of competitors will be set during the opening ceremony by drawing the specific letter, which all categories will start from. Each participant will have a possibility of a warming up before his/her performance.

Immediately after the end of each category a seminar with the jury will take place.


3. Repertoire:

Category 1 – 2 – pieces of free choice within the specified duration limit

Category 3 – obligatory piece by Miroslav Raichl: „2×10“ – No. 10 „Rozmarná“ and two pieces of different periods – baroque or classicism and music of 19th – 21st century

Category 4 – obligatory piece by Jiří Pauer: “PARTITA PRO HARFU”- No. 4 “Písnička”

and two pieces of different periods – baroque or classicism and music of 19th – 21st century

Category 5 – obligatory piece by Jiří Pauer: “PARTITA PRO HARFU”- No. 2 “Toccatina”and two pieces of different periods – baroque or classicism and music of 19th – 21st century

Category 6 – obligatory piece by Jiří Gemrot: “SONÁTA PRO HARFU” No. 2 Intermezzo, and two pieces of different periods – baroque or classicism and music of 19th – 21st century

Category 7 – 8 – obligatory piece by J. F. Fischer: “MONOLOGY”No. 3 Con moto and two pieces of two different periods, mentioned above


Compositions with the accompaniment of any other instrument are not allowed.

On the request of the jury, competitors are obliged to put in the sheet music of interpreted compositions.


PLAYING BY HEART is the condition in all categories except of the obligatory pieces for 6th, 7th and 8th category.


4. The jury will be set up of five renowned harp teachers chosen by the organizers of the competition. The jury’s decision is final and unchangeable.

The winner of the entire competition will be declared at the final concert.

 5. Application shall be submitted from 1st September to 30th November 2022 electronically by the form filled out below on . Please add  the payment confirmation copy of passport or other birth certificate. The payment confirmation of the competition fee of 60,- €  – electronic payment on account  IBAN CZ6101000000000004332061, SWIFT /BIC/ KOMBCZPPXXX  with variable symbol 19012023  must be specified by the name of the school and the surname of the competitor. The score of the obligatory piece will be provided after sending the application form.

Sending the application serves as an agreement with the conditions of the contest and with the eventual posting of names and photographs.

As far as the capacity of the competition is full, the promoter reserves the privilege not to accept further applications.

 6. Rules of the competition are an integral part of the announcement of the competition (available on the internet page