In the In the third year of the Bartók World Competition and Festival Liszt Academy Budapest, Hungary announces an international competition for young pianists.
7-15 September 2019
Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest
The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities, aged maximum 32 years ( born on or after 7 September 1987).
The competition is diveded into a Qualifying round by video, and four live competition rounds (Preliminary, Semi-final, Final, Grand Final) held at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. A maximum of 40 candidates enter the Preliminary, 12 contestants take part in the Semi-final, 6 candidates qualify for the Final, and 3 finalists pass through to the Grand Final. The competition ends with a Gala Concert including the prize giving ceremony.
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. Applicants to the Bartók World Competition give their consent to these recordings and broadcastings by their application.
- Kálmán Dráfi (H)
- Andrei Korobeinikov (RUS)
- Klara Min (ROK-USA)
- Alexandre Moutouzkine (RUS-USA)
- Einar Steen-Nokleberg (N)
- Muza Rubackyte (LT)
- Tibor Tallián (H)
- Tamás Vásáry (H)
- Kenji Watanabe (J)
1st prize 30000 EUR
2nd prize 20000 EUR
3rd prize 10000 EUR
Prizes cannot be shared.
Special prizes such as concert and recording opportunities will also be offered.
Personal data and full competition repertoire is to be specified on the online application form, available from 01 February 2019 at bartokworldcompetition.hu
As part of the application form candidates shall also upload
- A photocopy of current passport (or ID for EU citizens)
- A professional personal headshot photo (min. 2MB, 300 dpi, JPG)
- A biography (1000-3000 characters) listing professional studies, as well as competitions, masterclasses, performances over the last three years (doc or pdf)
- Video recording of the two required pieces: see under Repertoire – Qualifying
(Mp4 max. 300MB each)
Only high quality and recent recordings (taken on or after 1 January 2018) will be accepted. Audio recording, CD, VHS will not be considered.
The recording should show the applicant playing the piano with his/her hands visible and each piece should be recorded in a single take (no editing permitted). Works presented on this recording may be included in the programme of the live competition.
Only complete application material will be considered.
A local jury nominated by the President of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Budapest will decide on acceptance.
More information & ONLINE APPLICATION
8 March 2019
(Early birds: 15 February 2019)
Online application opens on 01 February 2019
CONFIRMATION ON QUALIFICATION
5 April 2019
€200 (Early birds: €150) – to be payed only by candidates passing through to the Preliminary round.
- one etude by F. Liszt
- B. Bartók: Suite, Op. 14 – Movement 1. Allegretto OR Movement 2. Scherzo
The works chosen for Qualifying round may be performed again during the competition.
Preliminary – max. 20 minutes
The program needs to include:
- a piece or movement(s) from B. Bartók’s compositions for piano except the pieces listed for the Semi-final
- a piece by E. Dohnányi by the candidate’s choice (max. 5 minutes) OR
J. Brahms: 4 Ballades Op. 10 No. 1 (Andante) OR No. 2 (Andante) OR No. 3 (Intermezzo. Allegro)
- one etude by F. Liszt from the following cycles by the candidate’s choice:
Études d’exécution transcendante S 139
Grandes études de Paganini S 141
3 Études de concert S 144
Konzertetüden S 145
Semi-final – max. 30 minutes
The program needs to include:
- one piece by B. Bartók from among the followings:
Improvizációk (Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs), Op. 20 Sz 74
Táncszvit (Dance suite) Sz 77
Sonata, 1926 Sz 80
Szabadban (Out of doors) Sz 81
- one or two movement(s) from a piano sonata by J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart or L. van Beethoven – max. 10 minutes
- one piece of the followings*:
Dániel Dobos: Drumul Dracului
János Mátyás Stark: Toccata
*prize winning compositions of the Bartók World Competition – Composition – 2018, published by Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest. Free scores will be available to download from the publisher’s website
Final – max. 30 minutes
- a piece or its movement(s) by a composer of the romantic era
- a piece or movement(s) by one of the following composers:
M. Ravel, C. Debussy, S. Rachmaninov, S. Prokofiev, A.N. Scriabin, I. Stravinsky
one of B. Bartók’s three piano concertos
Candidates will be accompanied by the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Mr. Zsolt Hamar.
All pieces must be performed by heart, except for the contemporary composition under Semi-final c)
Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music
Secretariat of the Bartók World Competition
H-1077 Budapest, Wesselényi utca 52. (Hungary)