Concorso pianistico internazionale Ferenc Liszt


Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Hungary

Filharmonia Hungary organizes the highly prestigious Franz Liszt International Piano Competition at the Liszt Academy of Budapest between 12-19 September in 2021. This reputable event invites young and talented pianists to apply by 15 April, 2021!

The competition organized by the most notable classical music concert agency of Hungary, is part of the Budapest International Music Competitions, the founding member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions. With a tradition dating back to 1993, the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition, also member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation, is among the most prestigious national and international competitions. The first winner of the competition was Annie Fischer. Young musicians are invited to apply for the pre-selection of the 15th Liszt Competition by 15 April 2021, at the webpage of

The competition is hosted by the Liszt Academy. The Franz Liszt Academy of Music that was established in Budapest is the only music academy in the world that was founded by Franz Liszt. At one of the most prestigious venues of the Hungarian musical life, young contestants display their talents to a prominent jury, whose members include world famous artists like Olga Kern (Russia), Wu Ying (China), Boaz Sharon (USA), Olli Mustonen (Finland), Cyprien Katsaris (France), János Balázs (Hungary), Gábor Farkas (Hungary) and Tamás Vásáry (Hungary).

Winners of the competition are rewarded with concert invitations and generous prizes, the first-prize-winner receives 30 000 euros!

The repertoire of the 2021 competition features mandatory and free-choice compositions that enable competitors to exhibit their unique musical world. The core programs includes iconic Liszt compositions and different transcripts.

The repertoire pays tribute to György Cziffra, the world-renown Hungarian pianist, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, by including his Liszt-transcriptions, and on the occasion of Saint-Saёns-anniversary, Liszt-transcripts reflecting on the French composer have also been added to the program.

As a novelty, the repertoire of the pre-selection also includes Bach and Haydn compositions, whose works form an essential part of the European musical heritage.

Filharmonia invites gifted young pianists to apply and demonstrate their talents at this prestigious international competition!

Prize winners of our earlier piano competition


1933. I. FISCHER Annie Magyarország / Hungary , II. TARAS, Mykisha Szovjetunió / Soviet Union, III. KENTNER Lajos Magyarország / Hungary

1948. I. WALLFISCH, Peter Izrael / Israel, II. BADURA-SKODA, Paul Ausztria / Austria

1956. I. VLASENKO, Lev Szovjetunió / Soviet Union, II. BÄCHER Mihály Magyarország / Hungary, III. BERMAN, Lazar Szovjetunió / Soviet Union, SI-KUN, Liu Kína / China

1961. I. GABOS Gábor Magyarország / Hungary . WILDE, David Nagy-Britannia /Great Britain, II. CIANI, Dino Olaszország / Italy, III. CASTAING, Thérése Franciaország / France

1966. I. -, II. ANTAL Imre Magyarország / Hungary, III. TORMA Gabriella Magyarország / Hungary, IV. KISS Gyula Magyarország / Hungary, LUX Erika Magyarország / Hungary

1971. I. MATSUZAKI, Reiko Japán / Japan, SUK, Nikolai Szovjetunió / Soviet Union, II. SKURATOWSKAJA, Elena Szovjetunió / Soviet Union, III. BARANYAY László Magyarország / Hungary, TAZAKI, Etsuko Japán / Japan

1976. I. BENZ, Robert Olaszország / Italy, II. STEIGERWALT, Gary USA, AGUESSY, Frédéric Franciaország / France, III. ROHMANN Imre Magyarország / Hungary, MONASTYRSKY, Vadim Szovjetunió / Soviet Union

1981. I. -, II. RUBACKYTE, Muza Szovjetunió / Soviet Union, III. CARTIER-BRESSON, Hortense Franciaország / France

1986. I. -, II. MOCSÁRI Károly Magyarország / Hungary, III. RACER, Dmitrij Szovjetunió / Soviet Union

1991. I. STRUKOV, Alexander Szovjetunió / Soviet Union, II. KUZMIN, Leonid USA, MIDORI, Nohara Franciaország / France, III. CSUPRIK Etel Szovjetunió / Soviet Union, SHKAROUPA, Valerie Szovjetunió / Soviet Union

1996. I. BOGÁNYI Gergely Magyarország / Hungary, II. KAMENZ, Igor Németország / Germany, III. VLAEVA, Nadejda Bulgária / Bulgaria

2001. I. -, II. TÓTH Péter Magyarország / Hungary, III. FARKAS Gábor Magyarország / Hungary, KHOLODENKO, Vadim Ukrajna / Ukraina, MOTTERLE, Massimiliano Olaszország / Italy

2006. I. GASANOV, Elmar Oroszország / Russia, II. BESNARD, Olivier Franciaország / France, BORBÉLY László Magyarország Hungary, III. LAJKÓ István Magyarország / Hungary

2011. I. ULLMAN, Alexander Nagy-Britannia / Great Britain, II. KONDRATIEV, Ilya Oroszország / Russia, III. BALÁZS János Magyarország / Hungary

2016. I. TOMOKI, Sakata Japán / Japan, II. BELJAVSZKIJ, Szergej Oroszország / Russia, III. BERNSDORF, Leon Németország / Germany


Further information can be found on the webpage of the competition: and

Greetings video from Olga Kern:

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