Bartók World Competition Composers 2018

Piano composition competition for composers under 40! The Liszt Academy announces competition for composers to create piano solo pieces. You can join with a single piece of solo piano, you can win up to 5000 Euros, and your piece piece can be in the repertoire of the next competition!



The Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Budapest as the founder of the Bartók World Competition announces the Competition for composers to create piano solo pieces according to the following guidelines:

  • The works should  give pianists the opportunity to show both their musical and technical abilities.
  • Length of composition: 5-6 mins.
  • The composition cannot include use of fixed audio media.
  • The composition cannot include extended techniques.
  • The composition cannot be for a prepared piano.


The submitted work must be

  • unpublished, unlisted
  • without any prize at national or international composition contests,
  • without any commercial recording,
  • without public performance prior 25 November 2018.



The competition is open to composers of all nationalities born on or after 1 September 1978.

One composer may submit several works.



31 August 2018



EUR 50 per composition, to be paid through bank transfer to:

Account holder: Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyetem (Liszt Academy of Music)

Account number: IBAN: HU22 1003 2000 0142 6768 0000 0000

Swift-BIC code: MANEHUHB

Mention: „Bartók World Competition – Composition 2018”

All transfer and bank charges are to be covered by the applicant. 




Submissions are due 31 August 2018 latest and should be sent to



The submitting e-mail must contain:

  • a composition for piano solo in PDF format (A4 sheet music).

All scores must be sent anonymously; only a pseudonym can appear on the score pages.

The file is to be named: chosenpseudonym_Bartok2018.pdf

  • a MIDI realisation of the work or a non-commercial recording (mp3 format).

The file is to be named chosenpseudonym_Bartok2018.mp3

  • a scanned printout of the registration fee payment
  • scanned submission form including

the declaration of authenticity,

a statement as to the fact that the work is yet unpublished and that it has never been performed professionally.

The file is to be named: chosenpseudonym_form_Bartok2018.pdf

  • program notes on the composition (max. 1000 characters) – not being part of the evaluation process!
  • a biography of the composer  (max. 1500 character)
  • a portrait photo (min. 1 MB, 300 dpi)


A coordinator is the only person to see your emails. Only the sheet music with your pseudonym and the sound file is going to be circulated among the judges. All PDFs and mp3-s will be deleted after the contest. Only the composers of the prize winning and honorable mention works will become known to judges and public.


Selection and Jury:

A  Selection Committee that consists of faculty members of the Liszt Academy Budapest will shortlist all submissions and choose 12 pieces for the international Jury  who will decide on the final results.


Members of the International Jury are:

Thomas Adès  (GB)- president

Unsuk Chin (ROK, D)

Chaya Czernowin (IL, USA)

Gyula Fekete (H)

Andrei Korobeinikov (RUS)


The Jury’s decision is final. 


Prizes:                  1st Prize              EUR 5.000

                               2nd Prize             EUR 3.000

                               3rd Prize              EUR 2.000

The Jury may decide to divide the prizes or not to award a prize.

The Jury will select also works for honorable mention.

Prizes are subject to tax according to Hungarian taxation law.


The prize winning works as well as the compositions receiving honorable mentions will be presented at a Gala Concert at the Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy on 25 November 2018, where the prizes will be handed to the winners.

Composers of the pieces to be performed are welcome to the Gala Concert in  Budapest. The organizers will cover 2 nights of accommodation.


Two pieces will be selected into the repertoire of the Bartók World Competition – Piano competition’s semi-final. Selected works are to be published by Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest.

Questions should be addressed to


Submission of sheet music implies the unconditional acceptance of all conditions set here.

The Liszt Academy Budapest retains the right to visually and acoustically document, record and reproduce all concerts, performances and presentations held during the course of this competition and the subsequent Bartók World Competitions for the purpose of documenting and advertising the competition, as long as those recordings are used for non-commercial purposes. The recordings might be carried out by the Liszt Academy Budapest or by it’s collaborating partners.