Clarinet

His first studies in music were on the violin, an instrument he began learning at the age of eight in the State Music School in Sátoraljaújhely. In tandem with this, at the age of ten in the same school He started playing the clarinet, which He continued in the clarinet programme of the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Miskolc. His teacher at the conservatory was András Horn. In Miskolc he had regular opportunities to hear concerts by the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra, as a consequence of which he decided to aim for a career playing in a symphony orchestra. Another inspiration was the extremely rich musical life of the Miskolc Conservatory, through which he had opportunities early on to experience the success and pleasure of giving concerts and making chamber music. In 1986 he won first prize and the Art Foundation's Special Prize in the Hans Richter National Conservatory Woodwind Competition in Győr, thus enabling me to be admitted to the clarinet programme Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music (then a College now a University), in the class of Professor Béla Kovács. At the Conservatory, for both orchestral practise and chamber music he frequented classes of Professor András Mihály, whose teaching had a decisive effect on the formation of my approach to music. In 1988 in the Hungarian Radio Nationwide Woodwind Competition he won a special prize for my performance of Kamilló Lendvay's solo clarinet piece: Tiszteletem Mr. Goodman [Good day, Mr. Goodman].  In 1990 he came first, and won the top prize (a professional Buffet Crampon instrument) in the international Young Artist Competition  organized by the International Clarinet Association, in Québec, Canada. In his final year at university he was awarded a Yamaha Scholarship. In 1991 he graduated with honours as a chamber clarinettist and conservatory teacher. In the same year he was admitted to the Hungarian State Opera House Orchestra, with a scholarship as first clarinet, to replace clarinettist Kálmán Berkes,who had just been offered a contract in Japan. At the same time he became a member of the Budapest Wind Ensemble, whose artistic director was also Kálmán Berkes.After a brief period in the Hungarian State Opera House, between 1992 and 2000 he continued my career in the Budapest Festival Orchestra, again as a solo clarinettist. During his work there he had the opportunity to perform with many conductors and soloists in the vanguard of the international music scene. To mention just the most memorable, these included Sir Georg Solti, Zoltán Kocsis, and Yehudi Menuhin. As a musician on tour in the Budapest Festival Orchestra, he performed in concert halls where Hungarian orchestras had never yet played: they appeared several times in Los Angeles in the Hollywood Bowl, in the Royal Albert Hall in London, and in Carnegie Hall in New York. The chamber music series organized by Zoltán Kocsis with the Festival Orchestra prompted him to think about chamber music in an entirely new way, and the impact of this can be felt in my pedagogical work. As a result of the close working relationship formed during his years in the Budapest Festival Orchestra, in 2000 Zoltán Kocsis invited him to be the first clarinettist in the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, and from 2003 the soloist.In 2002, members of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra elected him Artist of the Year in a secret ballot.Alongside my orchestral work, he has many times had the opportunity to perform as a soloist, including concerts with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra among others, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Ferenc Erkel Chamber Orchestra, the Salieri Chamber Orchestra, the Óbuda Danubia Orchestra, the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Szeged Symphony Orchestra, the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian National Philharmonic, and the Liszt Academy Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician he has played in concerts with the Budapest Wind Ensemble, and other chamber formations, in the US, Israel, Europe and Japan in various international festivals and concert tours. My chamber music partners have included Zoltán Kocsis, Miklós Perényi, Péter Frankl, Jenő Jandó, Kálmán Berkes, Barnabás Kelemen, and many outstanding musicians in the Hungarian and international music scenes. He has been teaching at the Liszt Academy of Music since 1993, firstly as a teaching assistant to Professor Béla Kovács. Then as a senior lecturer, and currently as an associate professor. Since 2008 he has been leader of the clarinet programme at the Liszt Academy. He obtained his doctoral degree (DLA) in 2013. Since 2016 he has also worked as programme leader for classical saxophone, until a teacher is appointed for saxophone as a first instrument.In spring 2019 he successfully met the requirements of the habilitation procedure. As a university lecturer he has given, and continue to give, many master classes in the most famous music faculties and universities in the US, Europe, Israel, Japan, and Iceland. He regularly takes part in clarinet and chamber music competitions in Hungary and abroad as a member of the jury, or as the chair of the jury.

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