We are currently busy with modifiying the contest. Therefore there will be only a contest for composition in 2020.

Dr. Robert Lirsch

Dr. Ernst Grossmann


Harp Contest 2019

Aim of the contest

The Franz Josef Reinl Foundation and its chairman Ernst Grossmann organise this annual composition contest in collaboration with universities, colleges, and conservatories for music to support young harp players.


The Franz-Josef-Reinl-Foundation was established by Hilde Reinl in memory of her deceased husband, the composer Franz-Josef Reinl (departed 1977) and her son, the harpist Herrmann Ertl (departed 1963), with the intention to support young musicians.


The Contest is open for all harp players born after the 1st of January 1995 who have not completed their studies and who can show a matriculation certificate. Previous 1st prize winners are excluded from the contest.

Required Repertoire

First round:

  1. Louis Spohr – Phantasy c-minor, op. 35
  2. One work of contemporary music for solo harp, composed later than 1960

Second Round:

  1. Domenico Scarlatti – sonata freely chosen
  2. Gabriel Pierne – Impromtu Caprice

The second round may not be longer than 20 minutes.
The entire program except the contemporary work is to be performed from memory.

The artistic director of the Contest 2019 will be Helga Storck.

A jury of international university professors will decide on the awards, their decision is final.


The Reinl award 2019 for Harp amounts to

  • 2.200 euros for the first place,
  • 1.500 euros for the second place, and
  • 1.200 euros for the third place.

The awards will be documented with diplomas.

The award ceremony will take place in June 2019 in Munich. Participation of the award winners is mandatory.


Certifications, curriculum vita, matriculation certificate of the participant and a recommendation of the participant´s harp teacher must be postmarked before 31st of December 2017 to:

Franz Josef Reinl-Stiftung
Keyword “Reinl-Preis-2019”
Ernst Grossmann
Singerstraße 27
1010 Vienna

With the application the Applicants accept the competition rules.

The participant´s Contest program must accompany the application and cannot be changed afterwards.

All performances will be open to the public.

The performers can use their own harp, Lyon&Healy and Salvi harps will also be available.

Concert and contest

Time and place of Contest and Concert

The Contest will be held between 14th and 17th of February 2019 at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich.

The Concert of the award winners will take place in June 2019 in Munich. Participation of the award winners is mandatory.

Reinl-Stiftung will pay the travel expenses and hotel costs of the candidates (not living in Munich) within Germany minus a deductible of 100 EURO (tourist-class hotel and train ticket 2nd class).