The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti

The jury of the Bartók World Competition selects the semi finalists

28 October 2021

The international jury on Wednesday night selected seven quartets, instead of the initially planned six, that will advance to the semi-finals.

The first live rounds of this year’s competition took place over two days, and the panel judged the young musicians to be so outstandingly talented as to eventually select one additional string quartet to advance to the next rounds. Thus, the following ensembles will match their strength in the upcoming rounds: the Vienna-based Chaos String Quartet; the Quartet Integra consisting of Japanese musicians; the Javus Quartet founded by the students of the Mozarteum in Salzburg; the Korossy Quartet featuring the students of the Hungarian music academy; the Novo Quartet, based in Copenhagen and composed of members of the Royal Danish Academy of Music; the Sonoro Quartet of Belgium; as well as the Unison Quartet, founded by former and current students of The Juilliard School in New York.


photo:Liszt Academy/László Mudra


The audience is invited to attend the two rounds of the semi-finals free of charge on Thursday, starting at 3 pm and 7 pm, in the Solti Hall of the Liszt Academy, the institution organizing the competition. The event will also be broadcast live, in the customary high quality, on the website of the Liszt Academy and the competition, as well as on the Facebook pages and Youtube channels of the two institutions. The list of those who made it to Saturday’s final, thus taking a step closer to the awards, will be published late on Thursday.


photo:Liszt Academy/László Mudra


The Bartók World Competition, organized in six-year cycles by the Liszt Academy, is dedicated to string quartet formations this year; the contest began on Monday with the participation of 11 quartets, in front of a prestigious international jury.

In addition to Kossuth Prize-winning violonists Barnabás Kelemen, András Keller and János Rolla, as well as Széchenyi Prize-winning music historian Tibor Tallián, the prestigious international jury consists of renowned members of the international chamber music scene: Russian-American violinist Mikhail Kopelman; Norwegian cellist Bjørg Lewis, founding member of the Vertago Quartet; Austrian violinist Johannes Meissl, professor of chamber music and deputy rector at the Vienna University of Music and member of the Artis Quartet; violinist Ami Oike, professor at the Tokyo University of the Arts (GEIDAI).