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Máté Balogh received an award at the second composition competition of the Central European String Quartet

13 July 2020

Out of more than fifty entries, Máté Balogh, a lecturer at the Liszt Academy of Music, won a special prize at this year's composers' competition held by the Central European String Quartet (CESQ).

The composers' competition, announced in January, received works from a total of twenty-two countries, including Argentina, South Korea, Finland, Japan and Canada.

Andrea Vanzo won first prize, Federico Riva won second prize (both from Italy), and Guilherme Araujo de Almeida, from Brazil, won third prize.

Máté Balogh won the Support Excellence Award, which is sponsored by the Support Excellence Association, for his recent composition Recitativo prosecco. He also teaches at the Kodály Institute and the Liszt Academy’s Music Theory Department.

The evaluation process was anonymous, the jury did not see the names of the composers. The members of CESQ (Miranda Liu & Máté Soós – violin; Győző Máté – viola; Judit Szabó – cello) assisted the the jury in the evaluation. Erkel Prize and Bartók-Pásztory Prize winning composer and Liszt Academy instructor László Tihanyi joined them in the final round.

The CESQ International Composer Competition was first announced in 2018 with the aim of bringing contemporary music and living composers into the spotlight, thus broadening the string quartet’s repertoire.

The Central European String Quartet is scheduled to perform in a concert celebrating Dvořák’s work on 27 November 2020 at the Liszt Academy Concert Centre.