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4th Éva Marton Singing Competition is postponed to next autumn

26 June 2020

Since many competitors selected for the live semi-finals are from countries where coronavirus infections are still on the rise, a circumstance that renders their preparation and travel uncertain for the originally scheduled date of September this year, the Liszt Academy, in consultation with Éva Marton, decided that the Competition will take place between 29 August and 5 September 2021.

As a result of the decision of the pre-selection jury, 116 young artists from a total of 32 countries made it to the live semi-finals. The young artists selected for the next stage have no reason to worry: regardless of the age limit, their application and their performance have earned them the right to match their strength in the competition that is now set for a new date.

The group of semi-finalists consists of 59 men and 57 women, with the youngest and the oldest both being baritones. The former is a 19-year-old Ukrainian singer and the latter a 35-year-old singer from Japan. With respect to nationalities, competitors from Russia (23) and Ukraine (18) are the highest in numbers, but Korea is also represented by 16 applicants. Five contestants from China and the United States each made it to the semi-finals and competitors from the United Kingdom, Poland and Israel have also been selected. What’s even more, singers from far-away countries like Congo, Iran, Australia, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago have also submitted successful applications.

Photo: Zoltán Tuba / Liszt Academy