Classical music lovers can choose from a variety of concerts on the last days of August in Debrecen. On 26 August 2023 the Symphonic Orchestra of Hungarian Musicians from beyond the Borders will play in the Aula of the University of Debrecen. The Zoltán Kodály International Music Competition on which young conductors compete ends with an award ceremony and gala concert on 28 August featuring the 100-year-old Kodály Philharmonics.
2nd ZOLTÁN KODÁLY ZOLTÁN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION
Date: August 20-28
Venue: Kölcsey Center, Grand Hall
More than 300 conductors entered the second Zoltán Kodály International Music Competition in Debrecen. The call for applications was met with a huge international response: 308 young musicians from 56 countries on five continents applied for the competition. The competition will take place in Debrecen between 20-28 August, with 38 conductors selected at the preselection stage, and the jury will be chaired by world-renowned Finnish conductor Jorma Panula.
Unusually, the competing young conductors will conduct not only orchestral pieces, but several oratorio pieces as well. Candidates, including conductors from Venezuela, Morocco, Estonia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and New Zealand, took part in a video preselection before the three-round competition to see who would be invited to the live competition between 20–28 August. The preselection board decided that 38 competitors may start the competition, including six Hungarians: Marcell Dénes-Worowski, Dániel Erdélyi, Johannes Marsovszky, Paul Marsovszky, Csaba Tóth Sámuel, and Levente Zsíros.
Members of the jury:
János Ács (Italy/Hungary)
Peter Broadbent (UK)
Remy Franck (Luxemburg)
Zsolt Hamar (Hungary)
Oksana Madarash (Ukrajna)
Dániel Somogyi-Tóth (Hungary)
The competition is free to visit in the Grand Hall of the Kölcsey Center. The closing ceremony and gala concert also take place in the Grand Hall of the Kölcsey Center on August 28 which can be visited for a 500 HUF registration ticket.
August 20, 2023: Opening ceremony
August 21-22, 2023: 1st round – 10:00-13:00 és 15:00-18:00
August 23-24, 2023: 2nd round – 14:00-18:00
August 25-27, 2023: 3rd round – 18:00-21:00
August 28, 2023 – Award ceremony and gala concert – 19:00
More information: https://kodalycompetition.com
CONCERT OF THE SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA OF HUNGARIAN MUSICIANS FROM BEYOND THE BORDERS
Date: August 26, 2023, 19:00
Venue: Debreceni Egyetem – Aula
Symphonic Orchestra of Hungarian Musicians from beyond the Borders
Katalin Szutrély – soprano
Melinda Béres – concert master
Conducting: György Vashegyi
Haydn: „Oxford” symphony in G major, No. 92.
Beethoven: Ah! perfido, Op. 65.
Mozart: Symphony in E-flat major, K. 543