November 27 - December 1  2019

5th International Harp Competition

in Szeged, Hungary

5th competition is coming! For more information check out our new website:

Results of competition 2016

Category U14

First Prize: Maja Patkós (Hungary), Leto Krizanic Zorz (Slovenia)
Second Prize: Arina Panova (Russia), Julia Dietrich (Germany), Silvia Capé (Italy)
Third Prize: Mariann Patkós (Hungary), Janice Hur (USA), Bianka Szauer (Hungary)

Special Prizes by Kiraly-Konig Peter Music School:

  • Álmos Tallós (Hungary)
  • Alina Liubimova (Russia)
  • Angelicae Gavinelli (Italy)
  • Oleksandra Akhrimenko (Ukraine)

Special Prize of Szeged City: Varvara Bovina (Russia)

Special Prize of Hungarian Harp Duo: 

  • Yuet Kan (Hong-Kong/China)
  • Miriam Pipitone (Italy)

Special Prize by the House of Glass: Giedra Julija Tutkute (Lithuania)

Category U19

First Prize was not awarded.

Second Prize: Milo Harper (UK) and Margot Plantevin (Switzerland)

Third Prize: Aimee Hang Yu Lam (UK) and Swantje Wittenhagen (Germany)

Special Prizes by Kiraly-Konig Peter Music School:

  • Yuet Kan (Hong-Kong/China)
  • Mari Haf Kelly (UK)
  • Carmen Steinmeier (Germany)
  • Evelien Vaneysendeyk (Belgium)

Special Prize of Szeged City : Andela Stankovic (Serbia)

Special Prize of Hungarian Harp Duo: Iva Dimitrijevic (Serbia)

Special Prize by the House of Glass: Qi Han (China)

Category U25

First Prize was not awarded.

Second Prize: Hye Jin Kim (Republic of Korea) and Valerio Lisci  (Italy)

Third Prize: Oliver Nathan Wass (UK)

Special Prizes by Kiraly-Konig Peter Music School:

  • Engin Kansu (Turkey)
  • Yeona Pi (Republic of Korea)
  • SeHee Hwang (Republic of Korea)
  • Zita Ferreira da Silva (Portugal)
  • Yevhenija Marchenko (Ukraine)
  • Liz Freon (France)

Special Prize of Andrea Vigh:  Oliver Nathan Wass (UK)

Special Prize of MAV Symphony Orchestra:  Hye Jin Kim (Republic of Korea)

Special Prize of Szeged City : Glain Dafydd (UK)

Special Prize of Hungarian Harp Duo: Lise Vandersmissen (Belgium)

Special Prize by the House of Glass: Jae In Yoo 
(Republic of Korea)

2016 November 30, 19.30 Opening Concert

Katrina Szederkényi will give a recital at the Opening Concert on 30th November at 19.30
at Fricsay-hall of University of Szeged - Faculty of Music (Szeged 6722, Tisza Lajos krt. 79-81.)

Louis Spohr (1784 - 1859) - Fantasie, Op. 35
Michael Kimbell (1946-) - ‘Into the Stars'
Richard Strauss (1864-1949) - Concert Waltz from the Opera ‘Der Rosenkavalier’
Joaquin Turina (1882-1949) - Tocata y Fuga
Felix Godefroid (1818-1897) - ‘Carnaval de Venise’ Op. 184

Born in Canada, Katrina Szederkényi is an internationally acclaimed harpist, having won numerous prizes at international competitions. Szederkényi started playing the harp at the age of 12, and was accepted for full-time solo instrumental studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria after only four years. In 2013, she graduated with a soloist's diploma with distinction from the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt, Germany, under the tutelage of Prof. Françoise Friedrich. Katrina Szederkenyi is recipient of numerous prizes and awards, among others from the ‘Franz-Josef Reinl Stiftung’, International Competition ‘Felix Godefroid’, ‘Golden Harp’ Competition St. Petersburg, where she was also awarded a special award for her interpretation of a piece by J.S.Bach. In 2013 she was awarded the 1. Prize at the International Harp Competition in Szeged, Hungary. An active orchestral musician, Szederkényi has performed in numerous notable orchestras, including the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. She has worked with prominent conductors including Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Muti, Christian Thielemann, Herbert Blomstedt and Riccardo Chailly. As a chamber musician, she has performed with members of the Wiener Philharmoniker, Duisburg Philharmoinc and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. She is currently co-Principal of the Duisburg Philharmonic. Szederkényi is also highly active in broadening the harpist's repertoire, forboth soloists and chamber musicians. In 2009, she premiered Poème by Michael Kimbell, a work for violin and harp written for her and Nandor Szederkényi, her father and chamber music partner. Kimbell’s ‘Arctic Ballade for solo harp’ also written for Katrina was premiered in 2013. ‘Into the stars’ is Kimbell’s most recent piece for harp and was composed in 2016.

Competition schedule (2016)

29 November, Tuesday Location – Reök Palota (6720 Szeged, Tisza Lajos krt. 56.)

Registration from 14:00.
Harp selection, practice time from 16:00 till 22:00

30 November, Wednesday Location – Reök Palota

Category U25 (stage 1) from 9.30 till 18.20. Location – Reök Palota

Concert of Katrina Szederkényi (winner of 3rd Szeged Harp Competition) at 19:30.
Location - University of Szeged - Faculty of Music, Fricsay Hall (Szeged 6722, Tisza Lajos krt. 79-81.)

1 December, Thursday Location – Reök Palota

Category U25 (stage 1) from 9.30 till 18.20

2 December, Friday Location – Reök Palota

Category U25 (stage 1) from 9.30 till 12.35
Category U19 (stage 1) from 14.30 till 17.55
Category U14  from 15.00 till 17.56
Results U25 (stage 1) – 18:30

3 December, Saturday Location – Reök Palota

Category U19 (stage 1) from 9.30 till 15.25
Category U14 from 9.30 till 18.11
Results U19 (stage 1) -- 17.30
Results U14 – 20:00

4 December, Sunday

Category U19 (stage 2) from 10.00 till 11.27
Category U25 (stage 2) from 12.00 till 15.40
Results U19, U25 (stage 2) -- 17.30

Rewarding prizes, Gala concert, reception - 19:00. Location: SZTE Rektori Hivatal Aula (Szeged 6720, Dugonics tér 13.)


Reök-palota / Reök-palace (Szeged, Tisza Lajos krt. 56, 6720)

Szeged, Tisza Lajos krt. 56, 6720

University of Szeged - Faculty of Music, Fricsay Hall (Szeged, Tisza Lajos krt. 79-81, 6722)

Szeged 6722, Tisza Lajos krt. 79-81.

University of Szeged / SZTE Rektori Hivatal Aula (Szeged 6720, Dugonics tér 13.)

Szeged, Dugonics tér 13, 6720

4th competition is coming!

The 4th International Harp Competition will be held from November 30 to December 4, 2016 at the beautiful Reök Palace in Szeged! 

Check out the reperotire and rules! Jury and prizes are coming soon!

Movie about the 3rd competition in 2013

Click on the image or the link below to see the movie made by the Duna Television Channel about the 3rd International Harp Competition in Szeged in 2013.

Results of 2013

Results of category U25

First Prize: Katrina Szederkényi (Canada/Hungary)

Second Prize: Arianna Rossi (Italy)

Third Prize: Aiste Baliunyte (Lithuania)

  • Special Prize offered by the City of Szeged: SeHee Hwang (Korea)
  • Vitoria Music Prize, sponsored by Victoria-Gasteiz International Music Festival, awarded by Gabriella Dall'Olio: Mira Farkas (Hungary)
  • Special Prize awarded by Willy Postmas: Mira Farkas (Hungary)
  • Special Prize awarded by Andrea Vigh: Mira Farkas (Hungary)
  • Special Prize awarded by the Hungarian Harp Duo: Yun Huan Chen (China)
  • Special Prize awarded by Klara Weninger: Marcel Cara (France)
  • Special Prize for the best performance of Reményi's Miniatures for Harp: Elisa Netzer (Switzerland)
  • Audience prize: Marcel Cara (France)

Results of category U17

First Prize: Woojin Lee (Korea)

Second Prize: Nadja Dornik (Serbia), Flora Olasz (Hungary), Bettina Toth (Hungary)

Third Prize: Alina Alekseeva (Russia), Orsolya Nagy (Romania)

  • Special prize for the best performance of Bartok's Evening in the Village: Woojin Lee (Korea)
  • Special prize offered by Klara Weninger: Bettina Toth (Hungary)
  • Special prize offered by the Hungarian Harp Duo: Tjasha Gafner (Switzerland)
  • Special prize offered by the Peter Király-König Music School: Noa Gabay (Israel) 
  • Special prize  offered by the Peter Király-König Music School: Vanda Halaj (Hungary)
  • Audience prize: Ziva Krajnc (Slovenia)

Results of category U12

First Prize: Isabelle Cambini (Italy) unanimous 

Second Prize: Marcelina Dabek (Poland) / Su Bin Lee (Korea)

Third Prize: Daria Rumyantseva (Russia) / Kahori Yamauchi (Japan)

  • Special Prize offered by the Hungarian Harp Duo: Bianka Szauer (Hungary)
  • Special Prize offered by Klara Weninger: Marco Brkic (Serbia)
  • Special Prizes offered by the Peter Király-König Music School: Jakob Adamic (Serbia), Aleksandra Akhrimenko (Ukraine), Laura Colombo (Italy), Jernej Misic (Slovenia)
  • Special Prizes for Promise: Irena Banaszczyk (Poland), Lubov Silantyeva (Russia)
  • Audience Prize: Bianka Szauer (Hungary)

Competition Schedule (2013)

27 November, Wednesday
Registration of contestants from 14:00.
Harp selection, practice time from 16:00 till 22:00.
Location – Mora Ferenc Muzeum

28 November, Thursday
Category U25 (stage 1) from 10 till 17:45
Concert of Agne Keblyte (grand prix winner of 2nd Szeged Harp Competition, 2010) at 19:30.
Location – Mora Ferenc Muzeum, Red Hall, 1st floor

29  November, Friday
Category U25 (stage 1) from 10:00 till 19:00
Location – Mora Ferenc Muzeum, Red Hall. 1st floor
Results U25 (stage 1) – 20:00

30  November, Saturday
Category U17, from 09:30 till 19:50
Location – Mora Ferenc Muzeum, Big Hall, 2nd floor

Category U12, from 10:00 till 17:00
Location – Mora Ferenc Muzeum, Red Hall, 1st floor
Results U12 – 16:50

1 December, Sunday
Category U17, from 09:30 till 18:40
Location – Mora Ferenc Muzeum, Big Hall, 2nd floor

Category U25 (2 stage), from 10:00 till 16:00 (8 contestants)
Location – Mora Ferenc Muzeum, Red Hall. 1st floor

Results U17, U25, Rewarding  prizes, Gala concert, Reception - 20:00
Location – Mora Ferenc Muzeum, Red Hall, 1st floor

In memory of Richárd Weninger

The 3rd International Harp Competition is dedicated to the memory of Richárd Weninger, a passionate musician, harpist and conductor, who played a significant role in the musical life of Hungary.

Richárd Weninger was professor at the University of Szeged. He was the founder and conducter of the Weiner Chamber Orchestra. He studied composition and harp at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, he received his harpist diploma in 1966. At the beginning of his career he was working in different fields as a musician: he worked as a piano accompanist, chorus master, music director, and orchestral musician. Mr. Weninger regularly played harp recitals and played with orchestra. He had been teaching since 1965, and had reached national and international success teaching chamber music. Between 1976 and 2000 he was the principal director of the Conservatory of Szeged. In 1979 he established the Weiner Chamber Orchestra which has given many international premiers of Hungarian music as well as giving premiers of international music yet unknown to the Hungarian public. He was often invited to perform with the Weiner Chamber orchestra to different concert halls of Europe. 

His most important awards:

1989 Franz Liszt Award

1992 ARTISJUS Awards

1994 Weiner Leó Award for music pedagogy

1995 Medallion for Szeged

2000 Medallion for the Hungarian Higher Education

Béla Bartók: Evening in the Village, harp transcription by Pál Járdányi

Pál Járdányi (1920-1966) was one of the most distinguished figures in Hungarian music during the years following the Second World War. He was an innovative researcher in the field of folkmusic, an eminent music critic, and a multifaceted teacher. Throughout a short creative life he pursued his own artistic and political beliefs, founded on the musical ideas of Bartók and Kodály. His most well known works are the Vörösmarty Symphony, the oratorio Elõszó and choral works such as Hajnali tánc, Árva madár and Gergõ nótái. His orchestral, chamber music and vocal compositions are also

deserving of the attention of composers, music lovers, and historians of music alike. 

A prize for the best performance of set piece for category U17, Bartók's Evening in the Village in trascription of Pál Járdányi will be awarded by Erzsébet Devescovi.

"When our children, Gergely and Zsofia, were very young, in the beginning of 1960's, my husband, Pál Járdányi loved to play with them. When it was time to put them to bed he used to tell them fantastic stories that he made up himself, accompanying himself on the piano. He used to play from Schumann: Kinderszenen, For Children by Bartok, and different folk melodies. Once he played Bartok's Evening in the Village, and he played it with such expressiveness, such a beautiful warm sound that I asked him to try to make a trascription for the harp." says Erzsébet Devescovi, a Hungarian harpist and wife of Pál Járdányi. 

Photo, from left to right: Erzsébet Devescovi, Gergely, Zsófia and Pál Járdányi

28th November 2013  Opening Concert

Recital of Agne Keblyte, winner of 2nd Harp Competition in Szeged, 2010

28th November 2013, 19.30h  

Móra Ferenc Museum

Bruno Mantovani (1974): Tocar
J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750): Suite for lute in G minor BWV 995
E. Walter-Kühne (1870-1930): Fantasy on themes from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin
P. Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1393): The Seasons: January "By the heart"
Marcel Tournier (1879-1951): Sonatine pour harpe, op. 30

Agne Keblyte (1990, Vilnius) is a laureate of several international harp competitions: 2nd prize winner at the 18th International Harp Contest in Israel, where she also received an award for the best performance of Israeli composition by Zvi Avni, 1st prize and a special prize winner of the best interpretation of Ferenc Farkas harp concerto at the 2nd International Harp competition in Szeged (Hungary), 2nd prize (together with harpist Joana Daunyte) in a chamber music competition with harp ‘Concurso Iberico’ in 2011, Madrid (Spain). Agne graduated from the National M.K. Ciurlionis art school under teacher Daiva Slyziene. Since she was 13, many masterclasses and concerts have led her to various places in Europe: Germany, Serbia, Russia, Latvia, Switzerland, England, Ireland, The Netherlands, where she attended to masterclasses of Susann McDonald, Milda Agazarian, Skaila Kanga, Irina Donskaja and Patrizia Tassini, and performed in festivals such as Parish Alvars harp festival in Teignmouth, Davos festival ‘Young artists in a concert’, Harp festival in Belgrade, ‘Les Museiques’ music festival in Basel. Twice she was selected to perform in the 9th and 10th World Harp Congresses in Dublin and Amsterdam. Agne finished her bachelor degree at the High school of music in Geneva with Florence Sitruk, and now continues her studies with Jana Bouskova in Brussels.

We are honored to introduce you the full list of the Juries of each category:

Jury of U25

Willy Postma (Norway/Denmark)

Gabriella Dall'Olio (Italy/UK)

Andrea Vigh (Hungary)

Melinda Felletar (Hungary)

Sándor Gyüdi (Hungary)

Jury of U17

Florence Sitruk (Switzerland/Germany)

Staša Mirković Grujić (Serbia)

Csilla Gulyás (Hungary)

Ferenc Kerek (Hungary)

Péter Tóth (Hungary)

Jury of U12

Willy Postma (Norway/Denmark)

Gabriella Dall'Olio (Italy/UK)

Andrea Vigh (Hungary)

Melinda Felletar (Hungary)

András Farkas (Switzerland/Hungary)

Vitoria Music Special Prize

As one of our special prizes one of the contestants can win a scholarship for a place in the International Music Festival/Course Vitoria-Gasteiz August 15th-24th, 2014. The harp tutor there is Gabriella Dall'Olio. Students have a busy schedule of lessons and concerts during 10 days of intense work and perform as soloists and chamber musicians. For more information about the course:


Dear Contestants,

Novotel **** Hotel ( located 10min walking distance from the competition place gives good price discount for the competition contestants. 

If you are interested contact hotel manager Nemetne Legrady Kinga

email: [email protected]

phone: +36 (62) 562 222, +36 (30) 743 48 60

Mention that you are the participant of III. International Harp Competition when you reserve the room.

Interview with composer Attila Reményi

"Attila Reményi is a composer who respects tradition, especially that of 20th century music yet has an individual, personal tone. He is no blind follower of the avant-garde endeavours so prolific in the 1980's, experimenting with techniques and means of expression. However, he is thoroughly familiar with these means and may even apply them in accordance with his message in order to enrich his personal idiom."

Composer Attila Reményi was born in Győr on July 22 1959 and started his musical studies there. He studied composing and the piano in János Richter Secondary School of Music with György Bácskai and Zsuzsa Velőssy. He obtained his degree in composing at Ferenc Liszt College of Music in Budapest in 1982. He was a pupil of Rezső Sugár and Emil Petrovics. He is currently a teacher at János Richter Secondary School of Music. He has been a member of the Hungarian Composers’ Association since 1982, of the Board of Trustees of UNITED Way of Kisalföld since 1991, of the Board of Trustees of MEDIAWAVE since 2000 and of the Hungarian Academy of Art since 2006. He was awarded the Erkel prize in 1990 and the Bartók-Pásztory prize in 2008.

In his list of works there are several pieces for the harp. In 2007, Attila Reményi was requested to compose a piece for the competitors in one of the age groups at the First Szeged International Harp Competition. That is how The Peacock has Risen was born. In November this year at the Third Szeged International Harp Competition, the compulsory material will be Miniatures for Harp, the winner of the composing competition in Fukui in 1998. We have asked Mr. Reményi about the harp and his relationship to it.

1. When and how did you first have the idea of composing for the harp as a solo or chamber instrument?

I composed my first harp piece for the Viennese Trio Melisande (flute, viola and harp) by the recommendation of composer Sándor Balassa. The leader of the group was harpist Zsuzsa Aba-Nagy. The piece was first performed in Vienna. That is how my first harp piece was born. After this, we stayed in continuous contact and further pieces were composed.

2. Let us talk some more about your harp pieces: how were they created and who were they requested and inspired by?

In the Secondary School of Music in Győr, where I have been teaching for 32 years, I met harpist Adél Bélyei and her mother Mária B. Gogolyák, for whom I wrote my piece called Remembrance Voice for Two Harps. This was interesting for me because two harps have more possibilities than one. This piece is technically not difficult and the audience receives it cordially due to its more traditional sound. The composition called Three Movements, written for five harps is more of a composing study than a concert piece as five harpist or harps do not often meet together. I have also been composing for percussion instruments for a long time, by the inspiration of the Győr Percussion Group. That is how Fantasy for Harp and Marimba was created, in which the harp and marimba play somewhat relaxed, improvisational music. These pieces were followed by my first real success: the Japanese composing competition in 1998, which I even had a chance to attend in person.

3. You won the Third Composing Competition in Fukui with Miniatures for Harp. How did you learn about the competition? Did you have some professional help – a harpist, maybe, whom you consulted while composing the piece? Who was it performed by at the competition?

I found out about the competition through the Composers’ Association. At the competition, Japanese harpist Chikayo Hayashi performed the piece excellently, which is my most difficult technically as well as musically. In this piece, the harp technique is presented in “full battle armour”. While composing the piece, I was helped by Adél Bélyei to better understand the “soul” of the harp. As a sign of my gratitude, I composed the last movement to the letters of her name: A, D, E, L. It was worth devoting a lot of time and work to getting to know the harp. I had not dreamt that the jury would consider my piece worthy of the first prize besides presenting Chikayo Hayashi with a special award. Besides me, a Japanese and an American composer were awarded prizes. I learnt so much from my stay in Japan and the performance of harp pieces and harpists. The one week I spent in Japan was a life shaping experience for me. In 2000, I had a chance to spend two more weeks in Tokyo and Yokohama. My choir piece in the Japanese language was sung by the Children’s Choir of the Japanese Radio.

4. Would you please talk about Miniatures as a composition? When was it first performed in Hungary?

Its first Hungarian performance, where it was played by excellent harpist Mária Lévai, was years after the Japanese competition. The composition shows traces of the musical material and some stylistic features of György Kurtág’s. Now I don’t want to give a detailed analysis of the movements, but leave that to the experts of musical theory. This is one of my most concentrated pieces, and the performer can discover the structure and logic inherent in the movements. It is for this reason as well as the first prize that I consider it to be one of my best written harp pieces.

The other one, Cantus for Flute and Harp, written in 2006, was inspired by Zsuzsa Aba-Nagy. Its world premiere was in the Collegium Hungaricum in Vienna in 2012. These six movements are much more easily acceptable for the average audience, even though they also have a rather strict musical structure and set of sounds. Nor is it technically difficult; therefore, if I could recommend one of my pieces to a harpist, I would either recommend this one or Desire for Olden Times, written for lever harp. Naturally, this is not a value judgement, only the author’s subjective opinion. In no way would I want to dissuade anyone from playing or listening to Miniatures. Desire for Olden Times was performed at my author’s night in Győr in 2009, in the interpretation of harpist Zsuzsa Aba-Nagy, at whose request it had been written. It is available for all on YouTube.

5. You wrote variations The Peacock has Risen in 2006. Have you composed other harp pieces since?

My latest harp piece has been written for harp and cello for sisters Hanna and Eszter Borka. It has not been performed yet, but is in the process of publication by SOLO MUSIC. For getting to know Hanna Borka, I must thank harpist Natalia Gorbunova. It was to her request that I composed The Peacock has Risen ... (Hommage á Zoltán Kodály) for the Szeged International Harp Competition in 2007, where I could hear Hanna Borka play the harp and later had the opportunity of meeting her in person at one of her performances in Budapest. That is when the thought of composing a piece for the sisters was conceived. Unfortunately, only the Japanese piece has been published to date. However, I hope that my works will become known, partially thanks to the harp competitions. I am happy and thankful that I have been in contact with harpists and the harp in the past twenty years and these pieces could come to life.

Translated by Katalin Fejér


1982: In Memoriam Kodály Zoltán – 2nd prize 

(Five songs to Poems by Sándor Weöres)

1982: National Composers' Competition in Vác – 3rd prize 
(Seven duos for two Violins)
1982: Composers' Competition in Tours – 2nd prize (Psalm No 23)
1985: National Composers' Competition in Vác – 2nd prize 
(Eight duos for two Violins)
1985: Luzern National Horn Society Composers' Competition – 1st prize 
(Fourth and Fifth for 12 Horns)
1986: Composers' Competition in Tours – 3rd prize (Psalm No 32)
1986: Matthias Seiber prize (The Last Message for ochestra)
1987: Barlow Prize in USA (Al tramonto del mondo for cymbalo and strings)
1992: Budapest, Zoltán Kodály VI. Composers' Competition for female choir – 1st prize (Psalm No 37)
1992: Berlin, Bechstein-Gruppe Pianofabrik Competition – 1st prize (12 Microludies for Piano)
1998: Fukui, Third International Harp Competition – 1st prize 
(Miniatures for Solo Harp)

Solo and chamber music for harp

Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp - 1994 (12:00)
Remembrance voice for two Harps - 1995 (9:00)
Three Movements for five Harps - 1995 (11:00)
Fantasy for Harp and Marimba - 1996 (8:00)
Miniatures for solo Harp - 1998 (9:00)
Desire for olden times, for lever harp - 1998 (5:00)
Four Movements for Harp - 1999 (11:55)
Taragot for Harp and Tárogató in Si B - 2003 (15:00)
Cantus for Flute and Harp - 2006 (17:55)
The Peacock has Risen (Felszállott a páva... Hommage á Zoltán Kodály) for harp - 2006 (4:35)