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Award Ceremony & Gala Concert of the Kodály Competition Debrecen

Kodály Music Competition – between 17 and 26 June, the world’s best young string players will compete in three rounds in Debrecen in front of a prestigious international jury.

The violin, viola, and cello categories of the competition have already attracted huge interest – around 200 musicians from 45 countries have entered – an outstanding number even for a competition that has been running for decades.

After a video audition, 48 young soloists were invited to participate, first as soloists, then with piano, and finally, the best of them will perform a concerto in the final as soloists of the Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra.

The nine-strong international jury will be chaired by a true legend, the 85-year-old György Pauk, Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and will be surrounded by teachers from the world’s most prestigious institutions – Kristóf Baráti (violin, Budapest), Anne Shih (violin, Mainz), Denis Severin (cello, Geneva, Bern), Wilfried Strehle (viola, Berlin), Máté Szűcs (viola, Geneva), István Várdai (cello, Vienna), Quirine Viersen (cello, Amsterdam) and Dániel Somogyi-Tóth, Chief Music Director of the City of Debrecen.

The public opening concert of the competition will take place on 17th June in the University Hall, with Júlia Pusker, Dániel Somogyi-Tóth, Tibor Bényi, and the Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra.

The rounds of the competition are free of charge – the first two rounds will take place at the Debrecen Music Hall between 18th and 22nd June, while the orchestral finals will be held at the Kölcsey Centre on 24th and 25th June.
The exact programme will be available on the official competition website – www.kodalycompetition.hu
The gala competition will be held in the Kölcsey Centre, with the winners taking part, and the programme will be published the evening before. The gala will feature the Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Imre Kollár.