to the second edition of the Kodály International Music Competition which will be held between 20-28 August 2023 in Debrecen, Hungary.

Debrecen is Hungary’s second largest city, the home of not only a prominent symphonic orchestra and an exquisite theatre, but also of 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.

As the cultural, educational and economic center of Eastern Hungary, it is easily reachable by all means of transportation, and it also has an international airport.

We believe that 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 was a string (violin, viola, violoncello) competition held between 17-26 June 2022.

>> Check out the schedule of Kodály Competition 2023 and how to watch each round live. <<


Prize winners of 2023

On 26 and 27 August, the 2nd Zoltán Kodály International Music Competition continued with the third, all-decisive round, during which young conductors competed. After the final the jury decided as follows: 2nd Prize (shared) – Alexander Sinan BINDER & Mateusz GWIZDALLA 3rd Prize – Dániel ERDÉLYI 4th Prize – Eric STAIGER 5th Prize – Jiří HABART

List of contestants in the 3rd Round

KODÁLY COMPETITION – 3RD ROUND (PSALMUS HUNGARICUS) 25 AUGUST – REHERSAL DAY 14:00-14:30 Eric STAIGER – rehearsal with the orchestra and choir 14:30-15:00 Dániel ERDÉLYI – rehearsal with the orchestra and choir 15:20-15:50 Mateusz GWIZDALLA – rehearsal with the orchestra and choir 15:50-16:20 Jiří HABART – rehearsal with the orchestra and choir 16:40-17:10 Alexander Sinan

2nd Round – Schedule

23 August – Session 1 14:00-14:30 Maximilian OTTO Kodály: Dances of Marosszék (excerpts) Puccini: Messa di Gloria – I. Kyrie 14:30-15:00 Filip PALUCHOWSKI Kodály: Dances of Galánta (excerpts) Verdi: Quattro pezzi sacri – Stabat mater (excerpts)  15:00-15:20 interval 15:20-15:50 Omer SHTEINHART Kodály: Dances of Marosszék (excerpts) Vajda: Magnificat – Suscepit Israel (excerpts) 15:50-16:20 Eric STAIGER

Order of competitors in the 1st Round

21 AUGUST / SESSION 1 10:00-10:20 Yukuang JIN – Johann Strauss II: Die Fledermaus – Overture 10:20-10:40 Brian LIAO – Johann Strauss II: Der Zigeunerbaron – Overture 10:40-11:00 Paul MARSOVSZKY – Bartók: Dance Suite – I. Moderato, IV. Molto tranquillo, VI. Finale. Allegro 11:00-11:20 Yury MIKHAYLENKO – Johann Strauss II: Die Fledermaus – Overture 11:20-11:40

Preliminary schedule

21 August1st Round / Session 1: 10:00-13:001st Round / Session 2: 15:00-18:00 22 August1st Round / Session 3: 10:00-13:001st Round / Session 4: 15:00-18:00 23 August2nd Round / Session 1: 14:00-18:00 24 August2nd Round / Session 2: 14:00-18:00 25 August3rd Round / rehearsal day: 14:00-18:00 26 August3rd Round / Session 1: from 19:00 27 August3rd

General information

The Competition is open to conductors of all nationalities who were born

  • on or after 20 August 1988 (maximum 35 years of age on the opening day of the competition) and
  • on or before 20 August 2002 (at least 21 years of age on the opening day of the competition).

The Competition takes place in four rounds: Qualifying Round, 1st Round, 2nd Round and 3rd Round. All the rounds, except for the Qualifying Round, are open to the public.

The jury will advance max. 12 conductors to the 2nd Round and 6 to the 3rd Round.

Find out more about the competition rules by clicking on this link.

Application is open from 7 December 2022 until 28 February 2023.