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Solo Piano Performance, Postgraduate Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months



- to improve skills needed for a soloist career
- to develop and widen solo repertoire (especially concertos)
- to have an insight of the highly difficult piano chamber music works
- to improve self-management skills

The Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest is the only music academy in the world that was founded by Franz Liszt. The piano virtuoso, composer, conductor, teacher, author and philanthropist established the institution in 1875.

The Academy has always taken pride in meeting the standards set by its founders and revered professors. This means students encounter a special and demanding Hungarian style of teaching. Education here focuses on understanding the meaning of music and the art of ensemble playing.

Those who enter the Liszt Academy know that attendance involves a serious commitment to a perfectionist approach to music. Studying here means hard and disciplined work under the guidance of professors who are renowned artists, visiting professors at other illustrious universities, jury members of international competitions, for whom teaching is a passion. The Liszt Academy is proud to have outstanding, highly experienced, and even young professors.

The Solo Piano Performance programme is offered by the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.

Programme Structure

Piano (2 lessons/week):

In-depth analysis of the major works of piano solo and concerto repertoire in terms of meeting the challenges of interpretation, technical skills, concentration. The pieces belong to the most required piano works of concert halls, art management agencies.

-    2 Beethoven piano concertos
-    3 (min. 20-minute) romantic piano concertos
-    2 piano concertos by a 20th century composer, one must be a Bartók piano concerto
-    4 piano sonatas of Beethoven
-    4 cyclic piano works of the romantic era (one must be a Liszt piece)
-    3 major cyclic piano works of the 20th century (one must be a Bartók piece)

Chamber music (1 lesson/week):

The chamber music repertoire consists of pieces where the piano part could be considered as part of a solo repertoire as it plays an equal role with other parts of the ensemble. Chamber music helps to improve self-control, adaptation skills, and to develop conducting dialogues.

Potenital Repertoire:

-    1 Haydn trio
-    1 Beethoven sonata (with violin or cello)
-    Lied accompaniment (pieces of min. 30-minute, especially those of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms)
-    A piano quintet of the 19th century romantic era, or of the 20th century

Orchestra observation (altogether 15 hours/semester):

Students visit rehearsals of piano concertos, with the aim of observing the rehearsal of piano concertos. The subject helps to understand and to have a deep insight into rehearsals, conductors' needs, orchestras' special needs.
Self-management skills (altogether 15 hours/semester):

This chapter covers seminars with a media and art management expert with the aim of meeting the challenges of a successful career in terms of creating a good profile, communication, media, recording, etc.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements


-    completed MA studies or equivalent university degree in the field of classical piano, highest grade for diploma concert-    superior artistic and performance skills-    superior technique-    superior concentration skills-    fully dedicated personality

Audition requirements:

-    Two Beethoven piano sonatas-    Two significant, >15-minute romantic solo piano pieces. One piece must be a Liszt composition-    Four virtuoso etudes of  either Chopin, or Liszt or a 20th century composer-    Two significant, >10-minute 20th century piano works. One piece must be a Bartók composition

-    Five piano concertos, from memory (The jury may ask the candidate to perform any part of a piece; to be performed without orchestra / piano accompaniment). Bach and Mozart concertos are not accepted. One Beethoven concerto may be included, the rest of the concertos ought to be romantic, 19th century and 20th century pieces.

The candidate should send the audition programme together with the application documents. At the beginning of the audition, the panel may choose any of the pieces from the previously provided programme, and may stop the performance at any time, as well.

The entrance examination is held: end of June or beginning of July. Exact date is announced until May.

Please regularly check the website of the academy in case there are any changes in the schedule.


To be submitted are:

- application form

- detailed Curriculum Vitae

- motivational letter

- recommendation letter from one professor

- portfolio (recommended)

- copy of highest school certificate in English or Hungarian

- copy of the bank transfer form of the non-refundable application fee of 60 EUR

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 EUR per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    18000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 EUR per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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  • Tuition fee: 9000 EUR / 2 semesters

Living costs for Budapest

  • 172338 - 268260 HUF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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