2017.09.12 18.30

Solti Hall

Bartók World Competition and Festival – Semi-final 2.

Just 12 violinists make it through the coarsest filter of the competition, and these dozen artists have the chance to show their skills in front of a jury with a 30-minute programme. This is the point at which competitors have the greatest freedom in putting together their programme, since they can choose from three options: Bartók’s Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano, or the Solo Sonata, or movements from the composer’s four sonatas, a virtuoso work, and one of the sonata movements of a given classical-Romantic repertoire. However, at the same time this freedom represents perhaps the greatest challenge of the competition because the pre-determined repertoire is extraordinarily extensive and difficult. Anyone capable of overcoming this will certainly return home in triumph, not to mention bearing invitations to play elsewhere.


Candidates shall have three options:

Option A:

  • Bartók: Violin Sonata No. 1, BB 84

Option B:

  • Bartók: Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124

Option C:

  • one movement from
    • Bartók: Violin Sonata No. 1, BB 84 or
    • Bartók: Violin Sonata No. 2, BB 85 or
    • Bartók: Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124 or
    • Bartók: Violin Sonata, BB 28 (1903)
  • any virtuoso piece (see the repertoire list)
  • first movement from a sonata (see the repertoire list)


Organizer: Liszt Academy Concert Centre

Tickets: Entry is free.