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Bartók World Competition: Violin

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.

Process of the competition

Bartók World Competition – violin Competition is held every sixth year. The competition was launched in January 2023 and the applications open on 20 February 2023. The application deadline is 19 May 2023, with 21 April as early bird deadline. Participants will be notified if admitted to the live rounds by 15 June 2023. The international jury’s decision is to be officially revealed at the Gala Concert in September 2023.

Competition structure

a.) Video preselection

b.) Preliminaries

c.) Semi-final

d.) Final

The video preselection is not public, all live rounds are open to the public. The repertoire of the rounds is available on the competition website

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Deadline20 Feb - 19 May 2023
Finals10 Sep 2023
WhereBudapest, Hungary
Age groupsViolinists aged max. 30 years (born on or after 2 September 1993)

1st prize:  22 000 EUR

2nd prize: 14 000 EUR

3rd prize:  8 000 EUR

Prizes are gross amounts.

Special prizes such as concert and recording opportunities will also be offered.

Jury of the 2023 competition

Kristóf Baráti (Hungary); Gyula Fekete (Hungary); András Keller (Hungary); Péter Halász (Hungary); Stephan Picard (Germany); Daniel Phillips (USA); Maxim Rysanov (Ukraine/UK); Yayoi Toda (Japan); Roland Daugareil (France)

Violin laureates 2017

Cosima Soulez-Larivière - 1st Prize

Takagi Ririko - 2nd Prize

Ágnes Langer - 3rd Prize

Gábor Homoki - finalist, Kitagawa Chisa - finalist, Kim Yoerae - finalist, Una Stanić - finalist

Accommodation for finalists

The organiser of the competition will cover the costs for accommodation for the competitors admitted in the finals.

Following the 2023 competition

The entire live competition is open to the public, and will be broadcast (by video streaming and/or television and radio) from the Liszt Academy.