Please allow me that, apart from my regrettable ignorance of the Hungarian language, I remain Magyar in my heart and soul from birth to the grave. As a consequence, I earnestly wish to further the progress of Hungarian music.

Liszt to Antal Augusz

Lukács Pál National Viola Competition 2019


Lukács Pál violist, who established the viola education in the Hungarian higher education, would be having his 100th birthday on 27 April 2019. To commemorate the late master's life-work the Strings Department of the Liszt Academy holds a competition in his memory.


  • Hungarian or international students of a Hungarian higher education institution on BA 3, MA 1, MA 2 levels of viola, or doctoral students specializing in viola.
  • Hungarian or international graduates of BA or MA in music who received their diplomas from a higher education instituion in Hungary.
  • Persons of the Hungarian diaspora who are students of a Hungarian or an International institution of higher education on BA 3, MA1, MA2 levels of viola or doctoral students specializing in viola.
  • Persons of the Hungarian diaspora who received their BA or MA diplomas from a higher education instituion in Hungary or abroad.


Age limit:

Only people born after 1 January 1993 may participate in the competition.


Date of the competition:

29–30 April 2019


Program of the competition:


1st round:

  • Lukács: etude no.8
  • Bach: adagio and fugue in G minor or grave and fugue in A minnor or chaconne in D minor or Chromatic Fantasia
  • SÁNDOR, László: Ha folyóvíz... (2013) ("If river water...")

2nd round:

  • One first movement of a Brahms-, Schubert- or Hindemith-sonata
  • One entire classical Stamitz- or Hoffmeister-concerto

László Sándor's piece will be sent to each applicant's e-mail address.



Winners will receive a prize of altogether 600 000 HUF, in addition the jury may award special prizes and concert invitations.

The jury has the right to divide certain prizes or not award a certain prize at all.


Piano accompaniment can be provided if needed which costs 10 000 HUF for the entire competition.

Accomodation is to be handled by the participants themselves.



There is no application fee for the competition.

Application deadline: 25 January 2019

Please apply for the competition by filling in the application form under the announcement.

In case of an active student status in an institution other than the Liszt Academy, please attach an enrolment certificate to the application. For graduates, please attach a copy of your diploma.