Sixth 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 sixth edition of the competition will take place between November 29 – December 4, 2022, at the Reök Palace in Szeged, celebrating the 140th anniversary since Zoltán Kodály’s birth (1882) and 110th anniversary since Alphonse Hasselmans’ death (1912).

Many thanks to all our sponsors, especially to Camac Harps and Reök Palace.

I am looking forward to welcoming you in Szeged in 2022!

Anastasia Razvalyaeva
Artistic Director


Competition categories

 

The 6th International Harp Competition is open to harpists of all nationalities, in three age categories:


U25  (25 and under) – category open for harpists born on or after 5 December 1996

U19  (19 and under) – category open for harpists born on or after 5 December 2002

U14  (14 and under) – category open for harpists born on or after 5 December 2007

Contestants may participate only in one category.


Repertoire

U25

Stage 1: a free program of 10 minutes, including any piece by A. Hasselmans

Stage 2: a free program of 25 minutes, including a piece written for harp after 2001

Stage 3: Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane, and a free choice virtuoso encore of maximum 6 minutes duration

U19

Stage 1: a free program of 10 minutes, including Intermezzo from Háry János by Kodály Zoltán (piano version or arrangement for harp by Aristid von Würtzler

Stage 2: free program of 12 minutes, including any piece by A. Hasselmans

U14

A free program of 7 minutes, to include one movement from Gyermektáncok (Children’s Dances) by Zoltán Kodály (original piano version or arrangement for harp by Aristid von Würtzler

 

Please, don’t hesitate to contact us ([email protected]) if you have any problems with ordering the music scores of set pieces.


Szeged Trophies

Prizes

U25

First Prize: €2500
Second Prize: €1000
Third Prize: €700

U19

First Prize: €1000
Second Prize: €500
Third Prize: €300

U14

First Prize: €500
Second Prize: €300
Third Prize: €200


Jury

U25

U19

 

U14


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 26th, 2022 

Applicants will receive an e-mail if they have been accepted by Ocotber 3rd, 2022. After receiving their confirmation, the applicants should pay the participation fee by October 10th, 2022, 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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