12th International Guitar Competition of J. K. Mertz

Society of J. K. Mertz in cooperation with Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava announce

12th International Guitar Competition of J. K. Mertz



June 20 - 22, 2020
(registration and drawing of the order in the 1st round will be on June 19, in the afternoon)


Bratislava, Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts, Zochova street Nr. 1


Age limit:

born in 1988 and later



1st round:
- required piece by J. K. Mertz + free-choice piece/s
- maximum duration 12 minutes
2nd round:
- free-choice piece/s
- maximum duration 15 minutes.
- no piece from the 1st round can be repeated
3rd round - final:
- required piece by J. K. Mertz + free-choice piece/s
- maximum duration 30 minutes
- free-choice piece/s may be repeated from the 1st and the 2nd round (excluding piece by J. K. Mertz) in maximum duration 10 minutes
All the pieces have to be played by heart.
Contestant must submit the score of played music on request.
If contestant exceeds the time limit, the jury may interrupt his performance and will evaluate the performance before interruption.
The program of every contestant must be confirmed during the registration.


Enrolment is possible by filling out online application form or application in .doc format and sending with all attachments (copy/scan of ID card, copy/scan of fee payment, short c.v. and photo) to: festival.jkmertz.info@gmail.com.



Appendices to the application:

  • copy / scan of ID card
  • copy / scan of fee payment affirmation (post or bank affirmation, printscreen from internetbanking)
  • short CV
  • photo

Deadline for the applications is after reaching maximum number - 30 participants, at latest May 31, 2020. Deciding is date of fee payment.


Enrolment Fee is 70 €

Enrolment fee must be paid to:

Bank: Československá obchodná banka, a.s., Bratislava
Account name: Spoločnosť J. K. Mertza
IBAN: SK81 7500 0000 0040 0621 2854
(Add your name to the message for the recipient, please. Bank charges of transfer are paid by the participant.)

The enrolment fee includes entry on one concert of the main festival program (free choice) and passive participation on masterclasses and other additional event of 45th Guitar festival of J. K. Mertz. Fee is non-returnable and does not include travel, board and lodging expenses of the contestant.


1st prize:

Guitar – Masaki Sakurai - Model Maestro – RF
Concerts at european international festivals:

  • Guitar festival J. K. Mertz Bratislava, SK
  • Forum Gitarre Wien, AT
  • Festival Internacional de Música da Primavera de Viseu, PT
  • Balatonfüred International Guitar Festival, HU
  • Silesian Guitar Autumn, Tychy, PL

Gift boxes


2nd prize

500 €

Gift boxes


3rd prize

300 €

Gift boxes


Prize from Association for classical guitar

150 € for the best Slovak participant of competition

(advance into min. 2nd round is the condition)

The Jury:

The international jury will be comprised of classical guitar artists, teachers and experts.
Evaluating method – points – 0 – 25 p.
The jury has the right to award, share or not award all the declared prizes.
The decision of the jury is final and against the decision of the jury will not be appealed.
Any member of the jury who has family ties with contestant, or is actual teacher of contestant cannot judge his/her performance.

General rules:

Any participant can withdraw from the competition, but the enrolment fee is not refundable.
Any participant must demonstrate his name, age (ID card) and confirm his competition program during the registration.
All the rounds are open to public, contestant agrees with recording of his performance.
The drawing will be before every round. If any competitor is not present at drawing his order will be drawn by organizer.
The 3rd round – finale is open to public in the form of the concert.
In case of any questions and decisions is relevant the Slovak text of the rules.
Partners of the competition:
Main partner of the festival:
With financial support by Music Fund Slovakia.

11th International Guitar Competition of J. K. Mertz - 2018 - results and photogallery

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