The very first edition of the Kodály International Music Competition will be held between the 17th and the 26th of June 2022 in Debrecen.
Debrecen is the home of not only a prominent symphonic orchestra and an exquisite theatre, but also the world-renowned Kodály Choir. A truly youthful and international city: The University of Debrecen has about 30 000 students, with the highest proportion of foreign graduates from the CEE countries. This city is the cultural, educational, and economic center of Eastern Hungary.
The tremendous cultural potential of Debrecen can be fully exploited by this new competition, which is planned to be held every two years, each time in different categories.
The first edition will be a string (violin, viola & violoncello) competition, followed by conductor and piano competitions.
All violinist, violist, and cellists between the age of 18 and 30 are welcome to apply, who were born between
- on or after the 17th of June 1992 and
- on or before the 17th of June 2004.
The Competition takes place in four rounds:
- Qualifying Round
- Preliminary Round
- Semi-final Round
- Final Round.
The professor of the Royal Academy of Music, Mr. György Pauk will be the President of the Jury.
The application is open from the 1st of June until the 16th of December 2021. Zoltán Kodály was born on the 16th of December.
The entry fee of EUR 100 is only to be paid by contestants approved to the Preliminary Round.
- 1st Prize: EUR 15 000
- 2nd Prize: EUR 10 000
- 3rd Prize: EUR 6 000
- 4th Prize: EUR 4 000
- 5th Prize: EUR 3 000
- 6th Prize: EUR 2 000
The competition will be public, and the opening ceremony will be in the Aula of the University of Debrecen.
Zoltán Kodály, the eponym of the competition was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, linguist, and philosopher. He is well known internationally as the creator of the Kodály method of music education.