Franz Liszt International Piano Competition

Filharmonia Hungary encourages talented young pianists to apply and demonstrate their talent at this prestigious international competition!

Filharmonia Hungary will welcome young pianists for the prestigious Franz Liszt International Piano Competition at the Academy of Music, Budapest between 12-19 September 2021.

The competition is part of the Budapest International Music Competitions, organized by Filharmonia Hungary, one of the founding members of the World Federation of International Music Festivals. The Franz Liszt International Piano Competition is a member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation and is among the most prestigious competitions in the Hungarian and international music world, its history stretching back to 1933.

The competition will be held at the Academy of Music. Established in 1875, the Academy of Music is the only institute bearing Franz Liszt’s name where the composer himself played an active part in the founding. The competitors will be able to display their talents before a distinguished international panel of judges. The panel will include 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).

Prize-winners will receive concert opportunities and cash, the winner will receive 30,000 Euros.

The 2021 competition will comprise compulsory and chosen pieces, providing competitors to demonstrate their own musical worlds. The backbone of the competition material is made up of the iconic works of Franz Liszt, but arrangements have also received a place in the programme. 2021 is the 100th anniversary of the world-famous Hungarian pianist György Cziffra, and we pay homage to him in the competition material through Cziffra arrangements of Liszt’s works; as it is also the centenary of the death of the composer Saint-Saens, there will also be a Liszt arrangement of a work by the French composer. One new element is the inclusion in the preselection material of works by Bach and Haydn, essential to understanding European music culture.

Application is open to young pianists below the age of 32.
Application deadline: April 15, 2021.
Further Information:

Viktória Vildanger, marketing team leader
mobile: + 36 30 799 7156