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Music around 1900

International Flute Competition
Ferdinand W. Neess

June 26 to June 30, 2024
Museum Wiesbaden


  • 1st prize



  • 2nd prize



  • 3rd prize



Special prizes are possible.
The competition is held every 2 years.


Application happens in two stages:

1) Application online

2) Registration on site

Please register personally in the Museum Wiesbaden on one of the following days:

  • Tuesday, June 25, 2024 from 4 PM
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2024 from 9 AM
  • Donnerstag, June 27, 2024 from 9 AM


Museum Wiesbaden
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2
65185 Wiesbaden

Application deadline / fee

The final date for the application is May 1, 2024. On registering, candidates are required to transfer a non-refundable application fee of € 60 per participant to the following account:

Bank: Bethmann Bank AG Frankfurt
Account owner: Stiftung Internationaler Musikwettbewerb Ferdinand W. Neess
IBAN: DE61 5012 0383 0012 6984 03

Reference: Competition FWN

Any charges arising have to be paid by the person making the payment. The name of the competitor(s) must be printed on the bank transfer even if the payment is made by another person. Take advantage of the online application and payment by PayPal.

Send application fee via PayPal →

Repertoire List 2024
Music around 1900

1. Round
ca. 15 min.

Emile Naoumoff: Sonata for flute and piano (commissioned by the competition)

Order Printed (Schott Music ZM36400 Q584697)

Order PDF (Schott Music ZM36400 Q585488)


Sigfrid Karg-Elert: Chaconne for flute solo (to be performed from memory)

2. Round
ca. 20 — 25 min.

1. Obligatory work:

Max Meyer-Olbersleben: Fantaisiesonate op.17 (The jury reserves the right to only listen to individual movements.)

2. One of the following options:

Option A

Albert Roussel: Joueurs de Flûte, op.27
Lili Boulanger: D'un matin de printemps

Option B

Claude Debussy : Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faun (Transcription pour Flûte et Piano par G.Samazeuilh)

Option C

Carl Frühling: Fantasie op.55

Option D

Claude Debussy: Sonata g-minor for violin and piano (transcribed for flute and piano, Musikverlag Zimmermann)

3. Round — Finals
open to the public
ca. 40 min.

Repertoire of your own choice (transcriptions and other instruments are allowed, e.g. alto flute, piccolo etc.), Chamber Music is allowed.


Conceptual program idea of Music around 1900 with elements and repertoire of Art Nouveau and symbolism.

Programm choice and creativity will be part of the jury’s assessment.

The jury

  • 1 / 5

The Competition’s
Piano Partners

  • 1 / 4


  • June 2024



    The registration starts on Tuesday, June 25 at 4 PM.

    Please register personally at the Museum Wiesbaden (Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2, 65185 Wiesbaden).

  • June 2024



    9.30 AM – 9 PM 1. round

    Free admission

    Registration also possible on Wednesday from 9 AM!

  • June 2024



    9:15 AM – 9 PM Continuation of 1. round

    Subsequently announcement of the candidates of the 2. round

    Free admission

    Registration also possible on Thursday from 9 AM!

  • June 2024



    2 PM – 7 PM 2. round

    Free admission

  • June 2024



    9 AM – 2 PM 2. round

    Subsequently announcement of the candidates of the 3. round

    Free admission

  • June 2024



    10 AM – 3:15 PM 3. round, concert/finale

    Subsequently announcement of the winners and award ceremony

    Free admission

Competition conditions

  • Every named piece of the repertoire list has to be prepared completely. The jury reserves the right to choose parts of it. All works free of choice have to be communicated to the competition office by May 1, 2024. The selected pieces for the Final (3rd round) have to be made available to the jury with 5 copies (upon reaching the 3rd round).

  • This new competition seeks to build a bridge between Art Nouveau and the music of this era and is therefore dedicated to the Music around 1900. All flutists above the age of 18 are invited with no upper age limit.

    In the spirit of the founder Ferdinand W. Neess the participation of
    professional and non-professional flutists is explicitly encouraged.

    All competitors who have registered according to the rules, are admitted to the first round of the competition. The minimum age for participation is 18 years.
    A copy of the passport or identity card must be sent in with the application.

  • Travelling expenses must be paid by the competitors. Competitors are responsible for finding accommodation during the competition.

  • The jury can award special merit prizes outside of the regular prizes. The decisions of the jury – including nonawarding, sharing and merging a prize – are final and cannot be challenged. Legal challenges are excluded.

  • The organizer reserves the right to take photos and to audio- or videotape during the competition and to use the material at its own discretion. The rights to these recordings remain with the organizer; the participants do not have any entitlement to compensation. Only the organizer is authorized to make or approve audio and video recordings - all others are prohibited from doing so. In addition, the organizer is entitled to publish information about the participants in the context of the competition (name, nationality, instrument, prize, etc.).

  • On submission of the completed application form, the applicants recognize the above competition conditions. If a participant does not follow the conditions of the competition the jury will decide upon the consequences. If you have questions, please contact the competition office.

  • In the collection, processing and use of personal data, we comply with the legal requirements. We only collect data that we need in order to register and inform participants. The data will not be used for any other purpose. Upon request, we will inform you of what data has been stored, we will also correct incorrect data or delete data if this does not violate any other legal regulations. We protect our data against loss, sabotage and unauthorized access.


This competition is brought forth posthumously at the request and on behalf of the prominent art collector, patron and flutist Ferdinand W. Neess, who passed away in January 2020. In Ferdinand W. Neess’ life, two areas played essential roles: his Art Nouveau collection and his flute playing.

Art Nouveau was a revolutionary art movement. Using the means of art it gave answers for a utopian, aesthetically determined form of society. In the arts around 1900 it also embodied the darker side of existence in the form of symbolism with a dark aesthetic of decay, the mythical and the mysterious. The aim was to create a “total work of art” (Gesamtkunstwerk) that would remove the boundaries between life and art.

In this sense, the competition also wants to build a bridge between the visual arts of Art Nouveau and the music of this era, which was particularly important to Ferdinand W. Neess. Thus, the music and the collection should complement and inspire each other, opening up entirely new worlds of Art Nouveau to the public.

The Museum Wiesbaden is showing Ferdinand W. Neess’ collection as a permanent exhibition in its south wing since June 29, 2019. More than 800 objects form a cross-section of all genres of Art Nouveau and exemplify the quality and style of the art of the late 19th century. Since its first presentation the Museum Wiesbaden has been exhibiting this outstanding collection as a whole to a broad public, placing Wiesbaden at the very top of European Art Nouveau cities.

In the spirit of Ferdinand W. Neess, it is important to us that there is no age limit in the competition. Soloists of any nationality can take part (as long as they are 18 years or more).

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