The Bartók World Competition & Festival

The Liszt Academy with the subvention of Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities launched the Bartók World Competition & 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 – also in its structure – something totally new compared to traditional music competitions. The competition is built around the most characteristic strands of the Bartók oeuvre, that is, piano, violin, chamber music and composition, in a six-year cycle. The individual instrumental competitions are organized every other 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

march 2018 

announcing composition competition ( piano pieces)

25. november 2018

gala concert of composition competition, announcing piano competition 

7-15. september 2019

piano competition

november 2019

announcing composition competition (string quartet pieces) 

november 2020

gala concert of composition competition, announcing string quartet /chamber music competition 

september 2021

string quartet /chamber music competition 

november 2021

announcing composition competition (violin pieces) 

november 2022

gala concert of composition competition, announcing 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.