The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti

Weingarten Scholarship 2016-2017


Current and former full-time students of piano, violin, and voice of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music are eligible to apply for the Weingarten Scholarship provided by the Joseph Weingarten Memorial Trust of the Birmingham City University, Birmingham Conservatoire, in the United Kingdom.


Who can apply

Full-time students of the Liszt Academy who are current final year students in their MA or one-tier (teacher training) programs of piano, violin, or voice or former full-time students of the Liszt Academy who are within two years of graduation (MA or one-tier) can apply.
Further requirements:
  • strong English skills
  • the applicant should be under 27 years of age on 1 January on year of application

Study period

One semester or a full academic year.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit the following documents:
Application deadline: 12 February 2016 (Fri)
Applications are to be submitted at Lilla Sugó at lilla.sugo[at]lisztacademy[dot]hu / Ligeti building, Wesselényi street 52, Room 014
All applications are reviewed by the Liszt Academy’s committee and the results will be announced early March 2016 the latest.

Financial Support

The scholarship provided to students covers tuition fees, support for accommodation and living expenses.
Health and travel insurance are the students’ responsibility.
More information about the Birmingham Conservatoire:


Joseph Weingarten was a distinguished pianist who studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest but pursued his long career in London.  He was highly respected as a soloist and performed at the Proms and major music festivals and as a chamber musician, working especially in duo partnerships with leading British instrumentalists.
Joseph was also an outstanding teacher and held positions at the Birmingham School of Music (now Birmingham Conservatoire) and Trinity College of Music as well as having an extensive private practice.  He enjoyed his connection with the School of Music in Birmingham and with this in mind we were very fortunate that he decided to make a substantial donation in bequesting the funds to support the Joseph Weingarten Memorial Trust.  
The Memorial Trust was endowed by both Joseph Weingarten and his wife Lilian to support postgraduate study in piano, violin or voice at Birmingham Conservatoire and the Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest. The Trust is managed on behalf of Birmingham Conservatoire by the University of Central England Trustee Committee. The income from the Trust is administered by the Joseph Weingarten Memorial Trust Management Committee under the chairmanship of the Principal of the Conservatoire.