The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti
Bartók World Competition & Festival – Piano 2019

9 September 2019, 14.00-16.40

Solti Hall

Bartók World Competition & Festival – Piano 2019 Presented by Liszt Academy

Preliminary 1

The history of international music competitions in Budapest dates back to 1933 when the first Liszt competition was organized. Although the event attracted huge interest and the attention of the press, circumstances did not favour the intention to establish a tradition in this regard. The competition was held but differences of opinion between members of the jury resulted in a scandal when it came to announcing the results, and this certainly played a large part in the fact that there was no continuation of the initiative for many years. True, there was a Bartók competition in 1948, but this was a one-off: in reality, the great competitions only got going again in 1956 with the revival of the Liszt competition. Although the organizers clearly intended this event to be the continuation of the 1933 competition, it was soon linked to the name of Bartók as well: between 1961 and 1986, in essence it operated as the Liszt–Bartók competition. Even though all music competitions organized in Budapest since 1933 are closely associated with the history of the Bartók competition, still the Bartók World Competition and Festival is a fundamentally different enterprise to traditional instrumental contests. Launched in 2017, the series announces an instrumental round every other year, concentrating on those segments of performance art, that is, piano, violin and chamber music, that are of particular importance in the oeuvre of Bartók. Composer competitions are held in the intervening years, and these always relate to the instrumental repertoire of the coming year. In addition, the competition is accompanied by a biannual international scientific conference, thus allowing interested parties the opportunity to examine the Bartók oeuvre from all possible angles – or if they decide, simply to immerse themselves in the diversity of new and original artistic productions.

Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre


Admission is free, subjected to the capacity of the room.