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Sir Georg Solti

Orchestral Conducting admission requirements for MA studies

Due to the coronavirus emergency situation, entrance examinations and admission requirements are modified in 2020. Please see the red text below for the current admission requirements.

Information about the admission examinations and calculation of scores in the admission procedure in 2020 can be found here.
In case of non-instrumental majors, tuition is only offered in English if there are a minimum of 3 international students admitted in a given year to the same major.

Main subject (video recording to be submitted)

Candidates must submit a video recording of conducting in front of an orchestra (chamber orchestra). The video recording must contain the clearly visible conducting and the piece(s), which must be recorded uncut.


Piano (video recording to be submitted)

  • Bach: one three-part invention and a prelude and fugue from the Wohltemperiertes Klavier l-ll.  or two movements of a cyclic piece or an individual piece.
  • One fast movement of a sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert)
  • Two pieces that differ in style. One of the pieces must be from Bartók or a contamporary of Bartók.

All the pieces must be recorded and submitted uncut.


Due to the coronavirus emergency situation, there will be no examination in music theory during the 2020 entrance examinations.


Main subject

  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony Nr. 2
  • Béla Bartók: Hungarian Sketches (new!)

The above pieces are to be conducted from memory, without the scores.



  • J. S. Bach: 1 prelude and fugue (WK) or 2 movements of a cyclic piece (fast-slow)
  • 1 classical sonata movement (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven)
  • 2 performance piece (one of them must be a Hungarian composer's piece - Bartók or his contemporaries)


General Admission Requirements

Written examination

  • Bass harmonisation: harmonisation of a bass line of cca. 10 notes, indication of the accords with figures.
  • Analysis: formal analysis of the opening movement of a sonata from the stylistic circle of Haydn and Mozart piano sonatas.

Exam in general music studies

  • Identifying 10 musical pieces: providing the name of the composer and the title, or at least identification of the era or style and genre.
  • Explanation and interpretation of 10 musical terms, concepts, titles of pieces, etc.