Budapest - Bartók World Competition

The competition founded by the Liszt Academy Budapest in 2017 covers the most important fields of Bartók’s oeuvre, that is piano, violin and string quartets. The competition is held in six-year cycles: first, in 2017, it was for violinists, the pianists followed two years later, the year 2021 was devoted to string quartets, and in 2023 it will be the violinists’ turn again and so on. Composers compete in the intervening even years by submitting works intended for the next year’s instrumental round. Incorporating a composers’ competition between the instrumental rounds encourages young composers to create new pieces influenced by the spirit of Bartók, which contributes to keep Bartók’s work alive beyond the simple reproduction of his works on stage.

All live rounds take place at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. The finalists perform their chosen violin concerto in the Grand Hall of the Academy, accompanied by a renowned Hungarian Orchestra. In addition to cash prizes numerous special prizes are offered to competitors including concert opportunities at different cultural institutions and festivals in Budapest.


Bartók World Competition
Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music

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