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Bartók Inspired: Symposium & Concerts

III. Bartók International Symposium

From 14 December 2021
to 16 December 2021

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14 – 16 December 2021






The Béla Bartók Archives of Belgium – Denijs Dille Collection and the Royal Library of Belgium are jointly organising a “Symposium & Concerts”. The theme “Bartók Inspired” focuses on influence and inspiration in Bartók’s music.




Tuesday, December 14, 2021 (Liszt Institute)

7:00 pm – Official opening

Welcome Speeches

Adrienne Éva Burányi (Director Liszt Institute)
Frédéric Lemmers (Member of the Executive Board – KBR)


Dr. Francis Maes (UGent)

“Twentieth Century Music: How does Bartók fit in?”


Dr. Levente Kende, piano

“Bartók – Liszt”


Wednesday, December 15, 2021 (KBR – Concert)

12:30 pm Lecture & concert

Péter Tornyai: “Does Bartók Quote Mélisande’s Death In His 2nd String Quartet?” An Attempt to Correct a Semicentennial Inaccuracy

Dohnányi Quartet: Béla Bartók – String Quartet No.2


Symposium session 1

Chair Gilbert De Greeve

2:30 pm Dr. László Vikárius: Bartók’s Bach Borrowings

3:30 pm Dr. Viola Biró: “…to reflect the spirit of peasant music”: The dance music of Bihor and Maramures in Bartók’s compositions


4:30 pm Break


5:00 pm Concert: Dohnányi Quartet

Ludwig von Beethoven – String Quartet No. 15 in A minor (Opus

Béla Bartók – String Quartet No.1


Thursday, December 16, 2021 (KBR – Concert)

Symposium session 2

Chair Gilbert De Greeve


10:00 am Dr. Malcolm Gillies (online): “Influence, inspiration and intrigue: Bartók’s knowledge of his contemporaries’ music”

11:00 am Dr. Carl Van Eyndhoven: “You are not going to publish this opinion, are you?” Dille’s reflections on influence and inspiration in Bartók’s music.


12:00 pm Closing Speech by Tamás Iván Kovács, ambassador of Hungary to Belgium and Luxemburg


12:30 pm Concert

Julien Libeer, piano

“Bach – Debussy – Bartók”


Practical information

  • All the lectures and the concerts are free. Reservation advised.
  • Reservation via zhfvp@xoe.or.
  • Entry requirements will be according to the instructions of the Belgian authorities.



Liszt Institute
Hungarian Cultural Center Brussels
Treurenberg 10
1000 Brussels


Concert (4th floor)
Mont des Arts 28
1000 Brussels