Bartók World Competition

Competition announcement 2022

4 November 2021

Bartók World Competition

Composers 2022



The Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Budapest, the founder of the Bartók World Competition, is pleased to announce the Composers 2022 competition, to which pieces for violin and piano can be submitted according to the following guidelines:

·         Length of composition: 6–7 minutes. One or more movements of a longer piece can be submitted as well if this meets all other criteria. Entries of less than 5 minutes and 40 seconds or more than 7 minutes and 20 seconds in length will not be considered.

·         The composition cannot include use of fixed audio media or any other instruments.

·         The aim of the competition is to present new pieces that could be played by violinists as part of a basically traditional repertoire. This aspect will be considered by the jury. It is therefore suggested that incidentally occurring extended technique shall not exceed that used by Béla Bartók.

·         No scordatura are allowed.

·         The submitted work cannot employ a prepared piano.

·         One composer may submit more than one work.

·         The work should give violinists the opportunity to show both their musical and technical abilities.


The submitted work must

·         be unpublished and unlisted,

·         not have won a prize at a national or international composition competition,

·         not have been recorded commercially, and

·         not have been performed publicly prior to 26 November 2022.


Candidates: The competition is open to composers of all nationalities born on or after 1 January 1982. One composer may submit more than one work, each in a separate submission.


Registration fee: €50 per composition, to be paid by card (via SimplePay, after completing the application form) or by 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

Remark: “Bartók World Competition – Composition 2022”

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


Submission deadline: 23 August 2022 (CET)

Submissions must be made electronically by uploading the required material to



Submissions must include:

·         a  score for a composition for violin and piano 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_Bartok2022.pdf

·         proof of payment of the application fee

·         program notes on the composition (max. 1000 characters) N.B.: The program notes shall not form part of the evaluation process.

·         a scanned ID or passport

·         a short biography of the composer (max. 1000 characters)

·         a portrait photo (min. 1 MB, 300 dpi)

·         an mp3 audio file of a non-commercial recording or a non-public performance or MIDI or other technical realisation. The file is to be named: chosenpseudonym_Bartok2022.mp3


A coordinator will be the only person to see your submitted material. Only the sheet music with your pseudonym and the mp3 audio file will be circulated among the judges. All pdf and mp3 files will be deleted after the competition. Only the composers of the prize-winning and honourable mention works will become known to the judges and public.


Selection and Jury

A Selection Committee consisting of Liszt Academy Budapest staff will shortlist all submissions and choose 15 pieces for the International Jury, who will decide on the final results.

Members of the International Jury are:

John Corigliano (USA) – Chair

Unsuk Chin (ROK, D)

Kuzma Bodrov (RUS)

Gyula Fekete (H)

Kristóf Baráti (H)

The decision of the Jury is final. 



1st prize          €5 000

2nd prize         €3 000

3rd prize          €2 000


The Jury may decide to divide the prizes or not to award a prize at all. The Jury may also select works for honourable mention. Prizes are subject to tax pursuant to Hungarian taxation law.

The prize-winning works will be presented at a Gala Concert on 26 November 2022 at the Liszt Academy Budapest Solti Hall, where the prizes will be presented to the winners. The composers of the pieces to be performed will be invited to the Gala Concert in Budapest. The concert is broadcasted by TV and radio channels, and also streamed on the Liszt Academy and the competition website, Facebook and Youtube channels. The organisers will cover travel and two nights of accommodation. 

Two pieces selected from among the prize-winning or honourable mention works will be included in the repertoire in the semi-final of the Bartók World Competition – Violin 2023 competition. These works will be published by Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest.

Please send any questions to


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