Project Description

Photo: János Fejes

László Borbély

pianist

I graduated with honors from the Academy of Music in 2007, and then in 2014, ath the same place, I obtained a DLA degree with the “Summa Cum Laude” honours. I am currently teaching as a senior lecturer at the academy’s Keyboard and Harp Department.

I have won several awards: the first prize at the Grand Prix of the national competition of trade schools for music, second prize at the Andor Földes Piano Competition, at the EPTA International Competition for Young Pianists, at the Budapest Liszt-Bartók International Piano Competition and the Los Angeles International Liszt Piano Competition, third prize at the Haydn-Mendelssohn Competition of the Hungarian Radio, and special prize at the London International Piano Competition. I also won the Yamaha Scholarship, have received the Fischer Annie Scholarship for Performing Artists three times, the Junior Prima Award in 2009, and the Artisjus Award in 2019.

I have participated in several festivals in many countries, so I was able to give concerts, among others, at FestivaList (Grottammare, Italy), Liszt Festival Raiding (Austria), Liszt Festival Utrecht (the Netherlands), Fermo Liszt Festival (Italy), Bartók International Festival in Ankara, and International Conservatory Week in St. Petersburg. In Hungary, I performed at festivals like the Budapest Spring Festival, CAFe Budapest, Music of Our Time, the Day of Silence, Arcus Temporum, and ArTRIUM, as well as the International Opera Festival of Miskolc, the Tiszadob Piano Festival, International Bartók Seminar and Festival of Szombathely, Beethoven Festival of Szombathely organised by the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the BFZ Stravinsky Marathon, and at the Days of Flowering and the Seven Meadows’ Land Festival of Őriszentpéter.

I am a regular participant of solo and chamber orchestra concerts, I have performed in the large concert hall and the Solti Hall of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, the Liszt Chamber Hall of the Old Academy of Music, at the Budapest Music Center, the Hungarian Radio, the Béla Bartók Memorial House, the TRAFÓ House of Contemporary Arts, and FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture. In addition, I have performed in many countries in Europe, in several states of the United States, and in several countries in Asia. I have made countless recordings in the studios of the Hungarian Radio and at TRT in Ankara.

I have given concerts with many orchestras and ensembles, e.g. the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Budapest, the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok, the MÁV Symphony Orchestra, the Danube Symphony Orchestra, the Weiner-Szász Chamber Symphony Orchestra, the Savaria Symphony Orchestra, the Zala Symphony Orchestra, the Alba Regia Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Miskolc, the Symphony Orchestra of Eger, and the Symphony Orchestra of Nyíregyháza. I also gave concerts with Intermodulation, the UMZE Ensemble, the Budapest Sound Collective, the Qaartsiluni Ensemble, and the Metrum Ensemble, which I am currently a member of.

I was able to work with such conductors as Zoltán Kocsis, Tamás Vásáry, János Kovács, András Keller, Zoltán Rácz, Béla Drahos, László Kovács, Gábor Werner, Gábor Horváth, János Sándor, László Tihanyi, and Gergely Dubóczky.

As a senior lecturer at the Academy of Music, I gave a master’s course and lectures at the Béla Bartók Secondary Grammar and Technical School of Music in Budapest, at the Béla Bartók Music Institute of the University of Miskolc, the Haute école de musique of Geneva, the Hochschule für Musik of Würzburg, the Ankara University, the Dokuz Eylül University of Izmir, the Sarajishvili State Conservatory of Tbilisi, the National Conservatory of St. Petersburg, the Seoul National University, and Ewha Womans University of Seoul.

So far, I have released four solo albums, one at Bayer Records (with works by Mompou, Lachenmann, Adès, and Kagel), and three at Hunnia Records (Liszt’s Late Works, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and the entire recording of Messiaen’s Bird Catalog), with the fifth currently being under preparation. I am also a contributor to three other records, one of which was a private release (Petrovics and Ligeti), and the other two were released by Bayer Records (Klughardt), and Hunnia Records (Bartók, Dohnányi).