Structure of competition

The competition is divided into four rounds: pre-selection, preliminary, semi-final, final. Finalists perform twice during the final round. During the pre-selection period the Jury has the right to choose 85 competitors to play in the Preliminary Round. These assessments and decisions are final. The list of the admitted applicants will be published on the Philharmonia

Hungary website by June 1, 2016. The accepted applicants will be notified via e-mail by June 10th 2016 and get all necessary information on their stay in Budapest. All rounds are open to the public. The order of appearance is decided by ballot at the opening of the competition. This order is valid throughout the competition. Before each stage competitors have the opportunity of a short rehearsal at the venue of the competition. After the distribution of the prizes the prize winners perform at a Gala Concert. The performances, radio and TV recordings during the competition and any further use of the recordings are not payed to contestants.