Bartók World Competition & Festival

competition for composers 2020

A record number of 348 valid applications were submitted by the official deadline (10 August) for this year's competition. 

The pre-selection jury, chaired by Gyula Fekete, selected 17 compositions that will advance to the next stage. In addition to Fekete, the four other members of the panel (Máté Bella, Zsolt Serei, Péter Tornyai and János Vajda) are professors at the Liszt Academy and all of them are renowned contemporary composers who have won several awards during their careers.

Of the 17 selected works, the international jury will choose the winner. The works are presented to the two juries under the pseudonyms provided by the applicants, and the competition secretariat publishes these pseudonyms, click here for the list: 

The final result of the competition will be announced at the Gala Concert scheduled for November 28.


Bartok World Competition

Bartók’s music is best understood through the images it evokes

Bartók’s music is best understood through the images it evokes

23 September 2019

Lithuanian pianist Mūza Rubackytė divides her time between Vilnius, Paris and Geneva. Indeed, she is a welcome guest on every continent, and her home country has recognised her with a Medal of Honour, among other awards. As a member of the jury of the Bartók World Competition and as the Director of Music of the Vilnius Piano Music Festival, she has presented a special prize to the winner of the competition, Ádám Szokolay: an opportunity for him to perform in the Lithuanian capital in November 2021.