to the very first edition of the Kodály International Music Competition which will be held between 17-26 June 2022 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 will be a string—violin, viola & violoncello—competition, followed by conductor and piano competitions.


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All violinist, violist and cellists between the age of 18 and 30 are welcome to apply to the Kodály Competition. The Competition takes place in four rounds: Qualifying Round, Preliminary Round, Semi-final Round and Final Round. We are happy to announce that world-renowned musician Mr György Pauk will be the President of the Jury.

For more information about the competition rules & repertoire, please check our Strings 2022 section.

Applications will close on 16 December 2021.* Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the application deadline has been extended to 16 January 2022.