November 30 - December 4  2016

4th International Harp Competition

in Szeged, Hungary

Welcome to the International Harp Competition in Szeged!

Founded in 2007 and held every three years, the International Harp Competition in Szeged, Hungary has become a recognized harp contest, a social and cultural event not only for the harpists but also for the audience who enjoys harp music and is excited to hear performers from all over the world. The aim of this project is to discover new young talented harpists, help all participants to discover new horizons in their musical profession and stimulate the development of harp culture in Hungary.

I am delighted to invite harpists from all over the world to take part in 4th International Harp Competition in Szeged, which is open to young harpists in three age categories and will take place from 30 November to 4 December 2016 at the Reök Palace in Szeged, Hungary.

Many thanks to all our sponsors, especially to Camac Harps and Reök Palace.

Looking forward to seeing you in Szeged in 2016!

Natalia Gorbunova
Artistic Director

Szeged is known for its cultural life even in remote countries. Many people have heard about the Szeged University, Szeged National Theatre, Szeged Symphony Orchestra or Summer Open Air Festival of Szeged. Wthout them the city would attract less students, researchers, artists and tourists. The events held by the Music Faculty of Szeged University - especially the Béla Bartók International Piano Competition and József Simándy International Singing Competition - have launched the carrier of many talented musicians. The founders and organizers of the 3rd International Harp Competition have similar goals. 

Harp is able to give new dimension to old times and sentiments. Listening to this beautiful musical instrument gives way to relaxation, contemplation and joy. But the artistic humbleness, determination and vocation of these young harpists is not less essential.

I wish success to all the participants and hope that they will make themselves and their audience happy.

Prof. Ferenc Kerek, DLA
Musical Faculty at University of Szeged
Main patron of the competition

Read more about the competition schedule, repertoire, rules...