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Guide to the 2018 Éva Marton International Singing Competition

Mexican-American tenor wins the 3rd Éva Marton International Singing Competition

Thirty year-old Galeano Salas collected the 15.000€ Grand Prix of the 3rd International Éva Marton Singing Competition organised by the Liszt Academy. The 12.000€ 1st prize was taken by the Mongolian baritone, Badral Chulunbaatar, while the Hungarian soprano Zsuzsanna Ádám was handed the 2nd prize in the value of 9000€. The third prize went to the Russian soprano Iuliia Muzychenko.

Éva Marton declared following the gala concert: "I can state with confidence that the standard of the 3rd Éva Marton International Singing Competition was absolutely outstanding, surpassing the international average by far, on this point all the nine members of the jury unanimously agreed." She added that "not only regarding the number of applicants did we clearly make a grand step forward but also regarding the quality of singing voices. I believe that in collaboration with the Liszt Academy, we set a cornerstone that can be built upon in the future; it is perhaps no accident that the Final and the gala fell on Cultural Heritage Days."


The 2014 1st International Éva Marton Singing Competition is an important milestone for both the Liszt Academy and the person after whom it is named. The academy’s first ever major music competition organized from scratch by the institution immediately won itself a place among the leading global classical music contests, while it also ful- filled a long-held dream of the former Liszt Academy student and Professor Emerita.

“When I was a student at the Liszt Academy, I resolved that if I ever had my own students, then I would teach them independence and self-confidence from the very first minute. Generally, a teacher wishes to create a lesser artist of the student than him or herself. This is wrong! You have to give them wings so that they can stand their ground in life as soon as possible,” Éva Marton once stated, and the organizers wisely chose these words of hers as the motto of the competition. But what makes a competition successful, how is it possible to lend wings to those taking part?

The essential organizational background and infrastructural conditions were only put in place following the major redevelopment of the Liszt Academy completed in 2013, when the institution was enhanced with a professional event organizing and communications section. The details of the competition repertoire, the scheduling and arrangements were worked out by András Csonka, Head of the Cultural Directorate of the Liszt Academy, naturally in close cooperation with the competition eponym and the competition secretariat. It was the task of the Liszt Academy communications team to shape a unique image to develop a website playing a critical role in the early stage of the competition when candidates submit their applications.

Interest exceeded all expectations: no fewer than 150 singers submitted entries from a total of 37 countries on five continents. In the end, the selection jury led by Éva Marton considered 77 artists worthy of appearing in person before a jury and showcasing their skills and talents in the live rounds. At the end of the 1st International Éva Marton Singing Competition the jury were unanimous in declaring Hungarian Szilvia Vörös winner of the Grand Prix, while the first prize went to 29-year-old Romanian baritone Alexandru Aghenie. In keeping with the general tone of the whole competition, both the jury and audience agreed on ranking the 30-year-old Ukrainian soprano Tetiana Zhuravel as being one of the best, who thus picked up the audience prize and second place, while third place went to Marcelina Beucher, a 28-year old Polish soprano.

Two years later, more than 100 artists from 25 countries on five continents submitted entries to the II International Éva Marton Singing Competition announced in January 2016. In the end, the selection jury led by Éva Marton admitted 77 competitors through to the live rounds, of whom 48 young singers representing 18 nations had to make the long trip to Budapest. The II International Éva Marton Singing Competition organized in September 2016 came to an end with the triumph Alexander Roslavets. The Belarusian bassist won the Grand Prix and the Audience Prize. Winner of the 1st prize was the Mongolian Ankhbayar Enkhbold, the second place went to the only Hungarian making it into the final, soprano Lilla Horti, while the 3rd prize was taken by Polish soprano Lucyna Jarzabek.

Fact file
Deadline14 Mar 2018
Finals15 Sep 2018
WhereBudapest, Hungary
© Mudra Laszlo | Liszt Academy
© Mudra Laszlo | Liszt Academy
© Mudra Lazslo | Liszt Academy
© Mudra Lazslo | Liszt Academy
© Mudra Lazslo | Liszt Academy
© Mudra Lazslo | Liszt Academy

The contest is open to singers from all nationalities aged minimum 18 years on the opening day of the competition and born on or after

• 10 September 1986 for female candidates

• 10 September 1983 for male candidates.

2018 Application fee

€200 (Early Birds: €100) – to be paid only by the qualified candidates passing to the Preliminary round

2018 Jury

Éva Marton (head) | Miguel Lerín | Eva Wagner-Pasquier | Peter Mario Katona | Vittorio Terranova | Anatoli Goussev | Honghai Ma | Andrea Meláth | Szilveszter Ókovács

2018 Prizes

• Grand Prix €15.000

• 1st prize €12.000

• 2nd prize €9.000

• 3rd prize €6.000

• Special Prize of Éva Marton (offered by the Hungarian Academy of Arts and the Liszt Academy Foundation) €8.000