Fifth International Harp Competition, Szeged

Founded by Natalia Gorbunova in 2007 and held every three years, the International Harp Competition in Szeged, Hungary has become a widely-recognized harp contest. It is a social and cultural event not only for harpists, but also for the general public, who enjoy hearing  performers from all over the world. Our competition aims to discover new talent, help all participants to discover new horizons, and stimulate the development of harp culture in Hungary.

The fifth edition of the competition will take place between November 27 – December 1, 2019, at the Reök Palace in Szeged. Many thanks to all our sponsors, especially to Camac Harps and Reök Palace.

I am looking forward to welcoming you in Szeged in 2019!

Anastasia Razvalyaeva
Artistic Director

Competition categories

U25  (25 and under) – category open for harpists born on or after 2 December 1993

U19  (19 and under) – category open for harpists born on or after 2 December 1999

U14  (14 and under) – category open for harpists born on or after 2 December 2004



Stage 1: a free program of 10 minutes, including a Bach transcription (which could be a movement of a longer piece – suite, partita, etc. -, a chorale, an excerpt from Wohltemperiertes Klavier or Kunst der Fuge, etc. In any edition, any transcription.)

Stage 2: a free program of 25 minutes, including a Liszt transcription (any edition)

Stage 3: Claude Debussy’s Sonata for flute, viola and harp (any edition), and a free choice virtuoso encore. The Debussy Sonata does not need to be performed from memory. 


Stage 1: a free program of 10 minutes, including 2-3 pieces from Béla Bartók’s Microcosmos Vol. III-VI. Order Bartók score

Stage 2: a free program of 12 minutes, including any sonata by Domenico Scarlatti


A free program of 7 minutes, to include one movement from Rudolf Maros: Suite for harp. Order Maros score

Szeged Trophies



First Prize: €2000
Second Prize: €800
Third Prize: €500


First Prize: €600
Second Prize: €300
Third Prize: €200


First Prize: €300
Second Prize: €200
Third Prize: €100





How to Apply

Please fill in the online application form below, including:

  • Complete competition programme, including the timing of each piece (PDF)
  • CV (PDF)
  • A recommendation letter from your teacher (students), or by a musician colleague (professionals). Please supply recommendations with signature, scanned as PDF
  • A recent photograph, suitable for reproduction in the programme book (minimum resolution 300 dpi, JPG)
  • Scan of your passport, birth certificate, or similar ID
  • Please upload a video (recorded in one take, from one camera angle, unedited) of one piece from your proposed competition programme on YouTube, Vimeo, Youku or Toudou. This can be under public or private link. The link of the video is included on the entry form.

Application deadline: September 20th, 2019 

Applicants will hear if they have been accepted by September 28th, 2019. After receiving their confirmation, the applicants should pay the participation fee by October 4th, 2019, and send proof of payment via email (for example, a scanned bank transfer receipt).

The registration fee is non-refundable. 

The completed application form, by which the contestant accepts the rules and regulations of the competition, constitutes a contract between the contestant and the competition. The organizing committee alone is entitled to decide on the admission of contestants.

Participation fees

U14: €60 

U19: €80

U25: €100


Application Form

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