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Bartók World Competition - Composer’s Competition 2022

About the 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.

Composition requirements 2022

Pieces for violin and piano can be submitted according to the following guidelines:

  • Length of composition: 6–7 minutes. One or more movements of a longer piece can be submitted as well if this meets all other criteria. Entries of less than 5 minutes and 40 seconds or more than 7 minutes and 20 seconds in length will not be considered.
  • The composition cannot include use of fixed audio media or any other instruments.
  • The aim of the competition is to present new pieces that could be played by violinists as part of a basically traditional repertoire. This aspect will be considered by the jury. It is therefore suggested that incidentally occurring extended technique shall not exceed that used by Béla Bartók.
  • No scordatura are allowed.
  • The submitted work cannot employ a prepared piano.
  • One composer may submit more than one work.
  • The work should give violinists the opportunity to show both their musical and technical abilities.
Fact file
SectionsComposition
Deadline19 Jan - 23 Aug 2022
Finals26 Nov 2022
WhereBudapest, Hungary
Age groupsComposers born on or after 1 January 1982
Prizes
1st prize          €5 000
2nd prize         €3 000
3rd prize          €2 000

Two pieces selected from among the prize-winning or honourable mention works will be included in the repertoire of the semi-final of the Bartók World Competition – Violin 2023 competition.

Jury of the 2022 competition
John Corigliano (USA) – Chair

Unsuk Chin (ROK, D)

Kuzma Bodrov (RUS)

Gyula Fekete (H)

Kristóf Baráti (H)

Composition laureates

2020
1st prize  Okamoto Sinshuke (JPN), 2nd prize  Noh Seung Ju (KOR), 3rd prize   Kim Jonghoon (KOR)

2018
1st prize  Dániel Dobos (HUN), 2nd prize  Sang Un Kang (KOR), 3rd prize   Dongryul Lee (KOR)

Travel & accommodation

The organiser of the competition will cover the costs for travel and two nights of accommodation for the competitors admitted in the finals.

Following the 2022 competition

All of the competition rounds will take place online. The Gala Concert will take place in front of a live audience at the Liszt Academy in Budapest and will also be streamed online.

Listen to the winning compositions of the 2020 competition
Listen to the winning compositions of the 2018 competition