„Apply to the competition, study and consider why and how you are attached to the orchestra. But this is just the beginning. Knowing yourself is crucial because winning the competition is the first step only, not your goal. When you can read better the hearts of people than the music sheet – then you are on the right track to become a good conductor.” Kenichiro Kobayashi, the winner of the first conductor competition held in Hungary in 1974, wrote these words. Kobayashi became an acclaimed musician throughout the world while he remained extremely popular in our country.

His message corresponds to the endeavor and ars poetica of Filharmonia Hungary that has been a guiding principle of the Maestro Solti International Conducting Competition, with the intention to make classical music popular among different generations.

Filharmonia Hungary has always worked committedly to show more and more people that music is a language that all of us should learn. Music is one of the exciting adventures of human mind, a unique journey by which you can discover the world, it helps you to live your life in a more authentic and receptive way. Experience and value are the focal points of our agenda in sharing classical music with the audience.

Maestro Solti International Conducting Competition is named after Sir George Solti conductor, pianist and music director who represents the highest standards of performing art. Sir Solti has earned imperishable merits in growing popularity of exquisite Hungarian composers such as Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, Ernő Dohnányi and Leó Weiner.