Hungarian composer Daniel Dobos won First Prize in the composition round of the Hungarian Bartok World Competition and Festival with his piece Drumul Dracului. Second Prize went to a piano composition by Sang Un Kang from Korea, and the Third Prize was jointly awarded to a South Korean and a Hungarian composer: Dongryul Lee and Janos Matyas Stark.

Over two-hundred composers – all under 40, as per the rules – created pieces for the 2018 competition of the Liszt Academy of Music. Altogether 214 submissions (5-6 minute-long solo piano pieces) were submitted by composers from 53 countries. Most applicants were Hungarian, Italian, American or South Korean, but there were also submissions from Uzbekistan, Mexico, and Iran.

The international jury was chaired by British composer, pianist and conductor Thomas Adés and comprised Unsuk Chin, Chaya Czernowin, Andrei Korobeinikov, and Gyula Fekete.

Daniel Dobos, born 1994, is a second year graduate student of composition at the Liszt Academy. He has won several prizes at both national and international composition competitions since 2010.

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