In 2001, Jan Jiracek von Arnim was appointed professor for piano at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, making him the youngest tenured professor in the history of that school. His students are regular prizewinners at international Piano Competitions. Mr. Jiracek von Arnim gives masterclasses on a regular basis, most recently at the Vienna Musikseminar, Mendelssohn Academy Leipzig, the Academy of Music in Katowice, PTNA Japan, Hamamatsu International Piano Academy and Paderewski Piano Academy.

Teaching at Hamamatsu International Piano Academy

Teaching at Hamamatsu International Piano Academy

He is a frequent juror at international piano competitions, e.g. Tchaikovsky for young musicians, London Piano Competition, Lev Vlassenko Competition Brisbane, Lalla Meryem International Piano Competition Rabat, Paderewski Piano Competition, Dong-A Piano Competition Seoul. Mr. Jiracek von Arnim also gives speeches and lectures on a regular basis, covering topics like "Frédéric Chopin as a piano pedagogue" or the development of Piano Pedagogy. Every year, he is invited by the Vienna Musikverein to give lecture concerts with his students on composers such as Franz Liszt, Sergej Rachmaninoff or Frédéric Chopin. 
In 2012, Jan Jiracek von Arnim received an Honorary Professorship of the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. 

Mr. Jiracek von Arnim is the Artistic Director of the International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna and Chairman of the Jury of that competition, which is being held every four years. 

Selected Next Projects:

22 – 26 May, 2017: Piano master classes with Richard Goode, Jan Jiracek von Arnim and Leif Ove Andsnes, Bergen

Richard Goode, Leif Ove Andsnes, Jan Jiracek von Arnim

Richard Goode, Leif Ove Andsnes, Jan Jiracek von Arnim

Prof. Jiri Hlinka Piano Academy in collaboration with Bergen International Festival, the Barony Rosendal and the University of Bergen has the pleasure of inviting to piano master classes with some of the world’s foremost pianists of today:

Richard Goode (USA), Jan Jiracek von Arnim (DE) and Leif Ove Andsnes (NO)

Dates: 22-26 May, 2017, Location: Reksten Collections, Bergen, Norway and the Barony Rosendal

13 – 20 August, 2017: Masterclass at the International Paderewski Piano Academy, Bydgoszcz

Teaching at the Paderewski Piano Academy.

One week of rehearsals with a symphony orchestra: lesson with conductor, 4 rehearsals (30 minutes each), acoustic rehearsal before the concert. Masterclasses with world class professors: feedback during rehearsals and 5 lessons (1/2h).Gala concerts on Saturday and Sunday for all participants who are sufficient well prepared for playing in public (our professors will judge it).


28 August – 8 September, 2017: Masterclass at "Wiener Musikseminar", Austria

Masterclass in Vienna, held at the University of Music and Performing Arts. Open to everyone, limited number of participants.

5 – 15 OCTOBer, 2017: Masterclass "Beethoven", Wilhelm Kempff Academy Positano

In 1957 Wilhelm Kempff held his first Beethoven course in his house “Casa Orfeo” in Positano/southern Italy, which was built according to his own plans. Passing on his extensive experience to younger generations was a matter close to his heart.

The inauguration of the first course took place with the participation of his friend and colleague Alfred Cortot and he continued holding these courses until 1982. Over the years a large number of successful pianists of later generations arrived to work in peace and quiet on Beethoven’s sonatas and piano concertos.

It was Wilhelm Kempff’s express wish that these courses continue after his death. After Gerhard Oppitz, John O'Conor and Bernd Goetzke, Jan Jiracek von Arnim takes on this task starting in 2017.

Wilhelm Kempff (1895 – 1991)

Wilhelm Kempff (1895 – 1991)

To be considered for participation, applicants need to have previous experience in showing their artistic talent in public performances. Applicants are expected to demonstrate concert-level mastery of 4 to 6 sonatas (selected out of Beethoven's three creative periods) and 2 piano concerts. The number of participants is limited to 8 to guarantee an individual teaching and learning experience. Contact information here: Kempff Kulturstiftung

27 – 30 OCTOBer, 2017: Masterclass "La mia piccola scuola romana III", Rome

Exclusively for Italian piano students, on historic instruments in different places in Rome (Italy). Recital of Jan Jiracek von Arnim on October 31th in Villa Lante (Rome), on Liszt's original piano.

"La mia piccola Scuola Romana III"
Masterclass di Pianoforte
in collaborazione con : Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, Accademia d’Ungheria a Roma, American Academy in Rome, Fondazione Istituto Liszt di Bologna, Istituto Storico Austriaco, Forum Austiaco di Cultura, Associazione Italia-Austria.

Ritorna a grande richiesta a VILLA LANTE al Gianicolo Jan Jiracek von Arnim - considerato dal BBC Music Magazine uno dei pianisti più importanti della sua generazione, vincitore di concorsi come il Busoni, il Maria Canals e il Van Cliburn - per la terza volta a Roma sul pianoforte Pleyel donato da Liszt a Nadine Helbig per quella che lo stesso compositore definì "La mia piccola Scuola Romana". Il maestro von Arnim è attualmente professore e presidente del Senato accademico dell’Università di Vienna e Direttore artistico del "International Beethoven Piano Competition" di Vienna. In questa occasione, il Maestro terrà la sua seconda Masterclass a Roma: un appuntamento didattico di alto profilo realizzato in collaborazione con prestigiosi partner nelle cui sedi sono conservati importanti pianoforti storici (Pleyel, Erard, Boesendorfer, Ehrbar, Steinway) appartenuti a celebri musicisti.

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Preliminary information about Projects in 2018:

  • The 11th Dublin International Piano Competition, Ireland.  Member of the Jury (May 18 – May 29, 2018)
  • Verona Music Fest, Italy. Faculty member, Masterclass in Piano Performance, and Piano Recital (July 15 – July 30, 2018)
  • The 16th International Grieg Piano Competition, Norway. Member of the Jury (September 1 – September 8, 2018)
  • The 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, Japan. Member of the Jury (November 7 – November 24, 2018)