The world renowned pianist and conductor held his first concert as a child prodigy at eight years of age. At the age of 20 he became teaching assistant to Zoltán Kodály. He was prize winner of four international competitions. He has performed with the world’s leading orchestras, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic, in the most important musical centers, including New York, Washington, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and Sydney. He has also figured in several of the most important music festivals, such as those in held Salzburg, Edinburgh and Berlin. He has recorded with six different labels.
The majority of his recordings were released by Deutsche Grammaphon and Hungaroton. He has conducted over 100 orchestras the world over. He served as musical director of Northern Sinfonia and Bournemouth Sinfonietta in England. He is lifetime honorary chief musical director of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2006 he founded the Zoltán Kodály World Youth Orchestra. He made a series consisting of ten segments for Hungarian Television entitled “A zenén túl” (Beyond the Music). He held a presentation on Liszt for the Mindentudás Egyeteme (a project founded by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and known in English by the acronym Encompass - Encyclopedic Knowledge made a popular asset).
Prizes and distinctions: Bach and Paderewsky medals; Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London; the Middle Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit, the Kossuth Prize, the Millennial Kölcsey Prize, the Gold Medal of the President of the Republic of Hungary (twice), the Hungarian Heritage Prize, the French Midem Prize, and Chevalier des arts et lettres (Order of Knights of Art and Literature).
World renowned pianist and conductor, recipient of the coveted Kossuth Prize. Lifetime honorary chief musical director of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Teaching assistant to Zoltán Kodály. Guest performer in the most important musical centers in the world. Numerous recordings with six major labels.
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