The international violin competition to be held between 10-17 September 2017 at Liszt Academy is open to violinists under 30. On the Hungarian side, Vilmos Szabadi, Barnabás Kelemen and Kristóf Baráti are taking part in the work of the jury while invitations have also been sent to the greatest violinists and professors including Salvatore Accardo, Quian Zhou, Ivan Zenaty, Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Joel Smirnoff and Takashi Shimizu. During the five rounds of the competition applicants perform Bartók’s principal works for violin. The contest starts with the Qualifying round made on the basis of videos submitted through the competition website and follows as: Preliminary round (repertoire includes a movement from Rhapsody No.1 or 2 by Bartók and a movement from a Violin Solo Sonata or Partita by Bach), Semi-finals (a 30 minute repertoire including one of Bartók’s Violin Sonatas and an other sonata or virtuoso piece), Final (a Violin Concerto by Mozart featuring the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra), Grand final (a Violin Concerto to be chosen from the works of Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms or Tchaikovsky) and the Gala concert including the Award ceremony. The contributing ensemble of the Grand final and Gala concert is to be the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by János Kovács. Prizes will be handed out in a total amount of more than 40.000€.
Deadline for applications is 26 March 2017, but those applying by 15 February are entitled to a 50% discount on the registration fee inasmuch as they get through to the live rounds in the autumn (only those passing the qualification stage have to pay the entry fee of €200).