István Kónya obtained his first diploma in History and Music in 1985, whilst broadening his training with studies in classical guitar.
In 1989 he joined the lute studio of Toyohiko Satoh at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. There, he gained his lute diploma in 1994, being the first Hungarian lutist to graduate.
In addition to renaissance and baroque lutes, he plays the archlute and the chitarrone. Obtaining his chamber music degree in 1996, he attended master classes with Nigel North and Steven Stubbs.
Since 1993 he gave many music courses in Hungary. Lute teacher and artistic director of the Early Music Summer Academy in Szombathely (1996-98), of the Savaria Early Music Cource (2005-13), of the International Lute & Guitar Festival in Hungary (2006-08).