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Bartók World Competition - String Quartet Competition


Budapest, Hungary

Important dates

Extended application deadline: 15 June 2021;

Confirmation of qualification: 25 June 2021;

Live rounds: 25 - 31 October 2021

Applicants' nationality

The competition is open to people of any nationality.

Age of competitors

The combined ages of the string quartet members must not exceed 120 years at the beginning of the competition (25 October 2021). There is no minimum / maximum age to the members of the quartet. If necessary, string quartets could change one member of the quartet from the Video Qualifying round to the Preliminary. During the live rounds no changes are permitted.

Competitors' accommodation 

Competitors are provided with hotel accommodation as long as they stay in the competition.

Stages of the competition

The competition is divided into a Qualifying round by video, and three live competition rounds (Preliminary, Semi-final, Final) held at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Budapest. According to plans 12 quartets enter the Preliminary, 6 quartets take part in the Semi-final, and 3 string quartets qualify for the Final. The competition ends with a Gala Concert including the prize giving ceremony. 

Watch the competition live or live stream

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.  

Past laureates

2017 Violin: Cosima Soulez-Lariviere; 2019 Piano: Ádám Szokolay

For more information visit the website of the Bartók World Competition.

Background: 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.

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.

Fichier de données
CatégoriesQuatuor à cordes
Date limite15 déc. 2020 - 15 juin 2021
Concours25 - 31 oct. 2021
LieuBudapest, Hongrie
Ages des concurrents:Combined age max 120 years on 25 Oct 2021

1st prize: 12 000 EUR, 
2nd prize: 8 000 EUR, 
3rd prize: 4 000 EUR. 

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


Barnabás Kelemen – Hungary
Mikhail Kopelman – USA
Johannes Meissl  – Austria 
János Rolla – Hungary
Barry Shiffman – Canada
Tibor Tallián – Hungary

Watch: Composition competition 2020
Watch: Piano Competition 2019