He was born in Budapest in 1989 into a family of musicians. First when he was 7 he started to play on the piano, but was always most fascinated with his father’s instrument, the bassoon. This he took up with him at the age of 13.

 

His teachers were József Vajda and István Hartenstein in Budapest at the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Music and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. Later during his Master’s and Postgraduate Soloist studies his teacher was Prof. Eckart Hübner at the University of Arts in Berlin (UdK Berlin).

 

He took part regularly in bassoon masterclasses by Klaus Thunemann, Dag Jensen, Pascal Gallois,  Carlo Colombo, Sergio Azzolini, Georg Klütsch, Eberhard Marschall, Frank Morelli, György Lakatos, Ágnes Herpay and György Keszler.

In his early ages he won three times in a row the Hungarian National Bassoon Competitions (held in Veszprém, Sopron, and

Budapest). His national début as a soloist was in Budapest at the age of 16 with the Béla Bartók Youth Orchestra with Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto, in the Great Hall of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music.

 

His first international success was in 2008 when he won the 1st prize at the prestigious 42nd International Concertino Praga Music Competition, as well as Special Prize for the best interpretation of the bassoon pièce de concours. First time a bassoonist took these honors in the Competition’s history.

 

After that he made his international debute as a soloist with the Prague Radio Orchestra in the Rudolfinum’s Great Hall in Prague.

 

After that he got invited by the EMCY Association to their most important solo and chamber music tour, called ”Stars of Tomorrow.” He had the opportunity to play there with Lionel Cottet and record W. A. Mozart’s duo for bassoon and violoncello by the Bavarian Radio to the official discography edition of the Mozarteum Stiftung Salzburg.

In 2010 he became winner of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music’s 1st Talent Competition in Budapest, sponsored by the European Union’s Cultural Program. In the same year he got the Erasmus Scholarship for an exchange study program to the  UdK Berlin.

 

In 2011 he won the prize of the International Emsbürener Music Festival (Emsbürener Musiktage) and got the prize of the Hungarian National NKA Society, and also the the scholarship of the Ad Infinitum Foundation in Germany.

 

In 2012 he got the Art Prize from the prestigious DAAD Foundation in Germany (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst), as the only musician from Eastern Europe.

 

In the same year he became finalist in Bratislava at the European Broadcasting Union’s (EBU) New Talent Competition (founded by Sir Yehudi Menuhin in 1969). First time bassoonist went into the finals in the history of the competition.
From 2012 till 2014 he was scholarship holder from the International Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Foundation.

In 2014 at the age of 24 he became principal bassoonist of the Hungarian State Opera and and the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, the oldest and most traditional orchestra of Hungary (founded by Ferenc Erkel in 1853).

 

He is also a member of the Hungarian Musiciens Libres ensemble, and the ensemble with young soloists from Berlin called Ensemble Mini, directed by Joolz Gale. They made their début CD recording by the ARS Company of an arrangement of Mahler’s 9th Symphony written especially for the ensemble.

 

In 2016 together with his musican friends in Budapest, he refunded Hungary’s first ever officially created wind quintet (in 1947), the Budapest Wind Quintet. (Flute- Lívia Duleba, Oboe- Katalin Kiss, Clarinet- Péter Szűcs, Horn- Tamás Farkas)

During his studies he was a member of the  SHMF World Youth Orchestra (Schlezwig-Holstein Musik Festival), and for 8 years from 2006 till 2013 the European Union Youth Orchestra under the music director of maestro Vladimir Askhenazy. They had concert tours whole around the world, in places such like the New York–Carnegie Hall, Washington–Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Chicago Symphony Center, BBC Proms–Royal Albert Hall, Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam,  Interlaken Classics Festival,  Young Euro Classic Festival Moscow, Zürich Tonhalle or the World Expo Shanghai. With conductor legends such as Sir Colin Davis, Herbert Blomstedt, Matthias Bamert, Gianandrea Noseda, Vladimir Askhenazy, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky or Christoph Eschenbach.

Three times (2009, 2010, 2015) he took part at the famous summer music festival in Santander, called Encuentro De Música Y Academia De Santander. He he had the opportunity to learn from, and play together as a chamber musican, with musicans such as Klaus Thunemann,  Radovan Vlatkovic, Michel Arrignon,  Alessandro Carbonare, Marco Rizzi, Jaime Martin, András Adorján and Eduard Brunner.

He played as a soloist with the Prague Radio Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of Brandenburg, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Hundisburg International Festival Orchestra, Béla Bartók Youth Orchestra, Emsland Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Csíkszereda.

 

With conductors such as Johannes Klumpp, Léos Svárovsky, Ondrej Olos, Stanley Dods,  Tibor Szabó, Gábor Werner or  Alxander Apolín.

 

In various chamber ensmebles and orchestras he worked with internationally acclaimed soloists such as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, Leonidas Kavakos, Zoltán Kocsis, Reinhold Friedrich, Maxim Vengerov, Thomas Hampson, David Geringas, Garrick Ohlsson,  Pascal Devoyon, Patricia Kopatchinskaja or  Khatia Buniatishvili.

Regularly he makes Radio and Television Broadcasts as a soloist or chamber musician with the Hungarian Bartók Radio, Bavarian Radio, BBC Radio 3, Czech Radio, Slovak Radio, Radiotelevisione svizzera di lingua italiana, RAI Radio, Duna Television, Hungarian National Television.

From 2015 January he became bassoon teacher at the Béni Egressy Music Secondary School, and professor of the Vienna Conservatory’s Hungarian department in Budapest.

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From 2016 he started to give online lessons as an official teacher of the Play with a Pro online Academy masterclass site.

 

He gave masterclasses already in many places of Hungary, Romania, Germany and Spain.

 

Composers such as Iván Madarász, Richard Causton, Bálint Karosi or Árpád Solti wrote pieces inscribed to him.

He plays on a W. Heckel bassoon, modell 15179, made in 2009.

 

 

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