Lilia Pocitari took the top prize of €22,000, as well as the prize for best performance of the compulsory contemporary piece



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The winners of the 2023 Bartók World Competition were announced at the competition’s gala concert on Sunday 10 September at the Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary. Six competitors performed at the orchestral finals held the previous day with the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by János Kovács.

First prize went to 25-year-old violinist Lilia Pocitari of Moldova. Currently a master’s student at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin with professor Ulf Wallin, she received the top prize of €22,000. Pocitari also won the €2,000 prize for the best performance of the compulsory contemporary piece Impromptu and Pertpetuum Mobile, by Serbian composer Veljko Nenadić.

Second prize of €14,000 was awarded to 25-year-old Japanese violinist Tomotaka Seki, and third prize of €8,000 to 17-year-old German-Polish-Japanese violinist Maya Alexandra Kasprzak.

15-year-old Hungarian violinist Gáspár Kelemen received the €2,000 prize for the best Bartók interpretation.

The jury comprised Stephan Picard, Daniel Phillips, Maxim Rysanov, Roland Daugareil and Yayoi Toda. They were joined by Hungarian members of the panel, who were Kristóf Baráti, Gyula Fekete, Péter Halász and András Keller.

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