13 instrumental and vocal soloists won the Annie Fischer Scholarship, 7 composition and musicology students received the Zoltán Kodály Scholarship, while 3 young jazz performers were granted the Dezső Lakatos-Ablakos Scholarship. The funding covers 12 months, the period between 1 January, 2017 and 31 December, 2017.
The winners of the Zoltán Kodály Scholarship are the composers Balázs Alpár, András Gábor Virágh and the musicologists Viola Bíró, Adél Kekkné Horváth, Ferenc János Szabó, Marietta Bukáné Kaskötő and András Ránki.
The Annie Fischer Scholarship went to the pianists Domonkos Csabay, Marcell Szabó and Tamár Pregun, the mezzo-soprano Anna Molnár, the violinists Eszter Osztrosits and László Nyári, the cellist Barnabás Baranyai, the flautist Lívia Duleba, the percussionist Dániel Janca, the sopranos Adriána Kalafszky and Zsófia Mária Staszny, the organist Zsolt Máté Mészáros and the harpist Kornélia Orbán.
The jazz singer Júlia Karosi, the saxophonist Tamás Ludányi and the jazz drummer Dániel Serei won the Dezső Lakatos Ablakos Scholarship.
The Deputy State Secretary for Cultural Relations and Development,
Anikó Krucsainé Herter gave her address at the gala evening and award ceremony pointing out that the purpose of state scholarships was to help young talents who had identified their goals and found the path they wanted to follow. They would assist them to develop their creative potentials by providing them with the necessary supportive environment. She highlighted that natural gifts were a foundation that allowed further development, which were facilitated by the scholarships named after our musical giants. With these grants, the conditions are provided for the musicians to achieve higher artistic goals.
The deputy state secretary also claimed that the position of musical talents were extraordinary, as their goals were never self-orientated, and by working hard they would become the interpreters of music and the ambassadors of culture.
They executive director of Philharmonia Hungary, Szabolcs Szamosi stated that all three scholarships would enhance opportunities for stage performances as well as for the gaining stage experience and acclaim.
As the managing director of the Budapest Festival and Tourism Center, Teodóra Bán offered two concert opportunities within the framework of the Budapest Spring Festival – at the Petőfi Literary Museum on 18 and 20 April - to the winners of the Annie Fischer Scholarship. According to her, it was one of the duties of the Budapest Spring Festival to promote young talents.
The portfolio of culture (at the time, Ministry of National Cultural Heritage) founded the Annie Fischer Scholarship in 1998, which was then extended to the areas of jazz, dance, composition, musicology but also to the various fields of fine and applied arts. The one-year scholarships can be granted to the same person no more than three times.