Bartók World Competition & Festival

Piano Competition 2019

In the In the third year of the Bartók World Competition and Festival Liszt Academy Budapest, Hungary announced an international competition for young pianists. 



8-15 September 2019



Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest



The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities, aged maximum 32 years ( born on or after 7 September 1987).



The competition is diveded into a Qualifying round by video, and four live competition rounds (Preliminary, Semi-final, Final, Grand Final) held at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. A maximum of 40 candidates enter the Preliminary, 12 contestants take part in the Semi-final, 6 candidates qualify for the Final, and 3 finalists pass through to the Grand Final. The competition ends with a Gala Concert including the prize giving ceremony.

The entire live competition is open to the public, and will be broadcast (by video streaming and/or television and radio) from the Liszt Academy.  Applicants to the Bartók World Competition give their consent to these recordings and broadcastings by their application.



  • Kálmán Dráfi (HUN)
  • Andrei Korobeinikov (RUS)
  • Klara Min (ROK-USA)
  • Alexandre Moutouzkine (RUS-USA)
  • Einar Steen-Nøkleberg (NOR)
  • Mūza Rubackytė (LTU)
  • Tibor Tallián (HUN)
  • Tamás Vásáry (HUN)
  • Kenji Watanabe (JPN)



1st prize          30000 EUR

2nd prize         20000 EUR

3rd prize         10000 EUR

Prizes cannot be shared.

Special prizes such as concert and recording opportunities is also offered.



Personal data and qualifying round repertoire is to be specified on the online submission form, available from 01 February 2019. Full competition repertoire will only be requested from candidates passing through to the Preliminary round.

As part of the application form candidates shall also upload


  • A photocopy of current passport (or ID for EU citizens)
  • A professional personal headshot photo (min. 1MB, 300 dpi, JPG)
  • A biography (1000-3000 characters) listing professional studies, as well as competitions, masterclasses, performances over the last three years (doc or pdf)
  • Video recording of the  two required pieces: see under Repertoire – Qualifying

(Mp4 max. 300MB each)


The recording should show the applicant playing the piano with his/her hands visible and each piece should be recorded in a single take (no editing permitted). Works presented on this recording may be included in the programme of the live competition.


A local jury nominated by the President of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Budapest will decide on acceptance.


Application Deadline was

30 April 2019



€200 – to be payed only by candidates passing through to the Preliminary round.



Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music

Secretariat of the Bartók World Competition

H-1077 Budapest, Wesselényi utca 52. (Hungary)

office [at] bartokworldcompetition [dot] hu