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Bartók World Competition


The Liszt Academy with the help of the Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities launched the Bartók World Competition and Festival on the occasion of the 135th anniversary of the birth of Béla Bartók in 2017.

Besides featuring a repertoire demanding the very highest musical expertise, the Bartók World Competition and Festival achieves – even in its structure – something totally new for a competition. The competition is built around the most characteristic strands of the Bartók oeuvre, that is, piano, violin, chamber music and composition, which rotate in a six-year cycle. The individual instrumental competitions are organised every alternate year, with composer competitions in between, which always tie into the forthcoming instrumental category.

This distinctive structure is effective both at drawing the attention of the best instrumentalists of the upcoming musician generation to the works of Bartók and at the same time inspiring young composers to create new works written in the spirit of Bartók.

Timing of the Bartók Competition

November 2020: Gala concert of composition competition, announcement of string quartet / chamber music competition

September 2021: String Quartet / Chamber music competition

November 2021: Announcement of composition competition (violin pieces)

November 2022: Gala concert of composition competition, announcement of violin competition

September 2023: Violin competition

More than just a competition

The Bartók World Competition and Festival is much more than just a music competition: it is at the same time a scientific event and festival targeting a broad audience. Every other year, beside the competitions in instrumental categories there will be a scientific conference held in the Institute of Musicology, with the focus firmly on Bartók in a scientific context where the theme is always topical and illuminated by the very latest research from Hungary and abroad

For more information, please visit the Bartók World Competition website.

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SectionsPiano, Chamber music, Violin, Composition
Deadline10 Aug 2020
Finals28 Nov 2020
WhereBudapest, Hungary
Age groupsMax age 32 for instruments. Max age 40 for composition.

Prizes (Composers 2020)

First Prize: € 5,000

Second Prize: € 3,000

Third Prize: € 2,000

Prizes cannot be shared. Special prizes such as concert and recording opportunities will also be offered.

Jury (Composition 2020)

Peter Eötvös - President

Unsuk Chin

Chaya Czernowin

Gyula Fekete

Johannes Meissl

Listen to the winners of the 2019 competition