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 has to be second nature to you”

“Bartók has to be second nature to you”

20 September 2019

He was born in the United States and lives there, but speaks perfect Hungarian and has been drawn to Bartók’s music since the very beginning. Peter Klimo took the stage with Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 at the orchestral finals of the Bartók World Competition.

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“Bartók has never felt like a stranger to me”

“Bartók has never felt like a stranger to me”

19 September 2019

At 21, Ádám Balogh has already been a prize winner at a number of international piano competitions and a guest soloist with acclaimed orchestras. He first appeared with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 2010. The youngest competitor in the Bartók World Competition, he played Liszt’s Concerto for Piano in A Major in the orchestral finals.

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“I look for freedom in Bartók’s compositions”

“I look for freedom in Bartók’s compositions”

18 September 2019

Ádám Zsolt Szokolay played Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at the orchestral grand final of the Bartók World Competition and was later declared the winner at the gala evening. After the awards ceremony, he said he had managed to put all his ideas into practice at the competition and felt that the firm focus he experienced there would assist him in his career. At present, he is in the process of honing his skills as a student at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar and is convinced that Bartók’s music demands an open-hearted approach.

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