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
Franz Liszt International Piano Competition 2021

18 September 2021, 19.00-22.00

Grand Hall

Franz Liszt International Piano Competition 2021

Grand Final

Liszt: Piano Concerto in A major

Giovanni Bertolazzi (piano)

Liszt: Piano Concerto in E-flat major

Kevin Chen (piano)


Liszt: Piano Concerto in E-flat major

Gergely Kovács (piano)

Liszt: Piano Concerto in A major

Tamta Magradze (piano) 


Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Gergely Vajda

Philharmonia Hungary organize the long-established Liszt Ferenc International Piano Competition in Budapest between 12-19 September 2021. Candidates can display their skills in front of a distinguished international jury in one of the most significant venues in Hungarian music life. The jury comprises such foreign world stars as Olga Kern (Russia), Wu Ying (China), Boaz Sharon (USA), Olli Mustonen (Finland), Cyprien Katsaris (France), while Hungary is represented by three exceptional artists, János Balázs, Gábor Farkas and Tamás Vásáry. Iconic works from the Liszt oeuvre provide the core of the competition repertoire, but the programme also includes arrangements, among them the composition (reflecting the Liszt work) by György Cziffra, who was born 100 years ago. A new feature is that material for the qualifiers also includes Bach and Haydn works, essential for an understanding of style of European musical culture. Prizewinning competitors receive not only opportunities to appear on stage but also monetary rewards, with the first prize being worth €30,000.



Presented by

Filharmónia Hungary Nonprofit Ltd.


HUF 2 900, 3 900, 4 900