Date(s) - 21/Jun/2015
In a programme of J. S. Bach: Italian Concerto, BWV 971; F. Schubert: 4 impromptus, Op. 90 and F. Liszt: Sonata
Balázs Fülei was born in Kecskemét, Hungary in 1984 and started to learn music at the age of eight. His first teacher was Mrs Katonáné Szabó Judit and later at the Bartók Conservatory, Budapest, his professors were Prof. Gábor Eckhardt and Prof. Balázs Réti. He later got his diploma with honours at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, under Prof. György Nádor, Prof. Márta Gulyás and Prof. Balázs Réti. In 2009-10 he studied in Tel Aviv at The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music with Prof. Emanuel Krasovsky. He received his doctorate degree (DLA) ”summa cum laude” in 2013.
Mr Fülei was a prize winner at a number of national and international competitions: in 2003 he was first prize winner at the 10th National Piano Competition of the conservatories and the 10th Andor Földes Piano Competition. In 2005 he was winner of the 43th “Arcangelo Speranza” International Piano Competition in Taranto, Italy and then he won prizes in Milan, Cagliari and Moscow. He was selected twice to be soloist of the New Masters on Tour concert series by the International Holland Music Sessions. In 2006 he recorded Chopin and Liszt ballades on DVD in Tokyo. Recently at the Paisiello Festival in South Italy, he played the composer’s piano concertos on fortepiano. Mr Fülei was invited by several Hungarian orchestras and the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. He has given concerts in nearly all European countries, in the United States, Japan, China, India, Israel and Australia. In 2010, he was awarded with the Junior Prima Prize, the most prestigious award in Hungary for young musicians, in 2011 the Artisjus-prize, and in 2012, the award of The Solti Foundation.
As a professor, Mr Fülei has given master classes in Hungary and in the TCU School of Music, Texas. Since 2012 Balázs Fülei has been an assistant professor of the Liszt Academy, Budapest.