FÜLEI Balázs

Guest member

Balázs Fülei was born in Kecskemét, Hungary in 1984. He started to learn music at the age of eight, his interest in music and his performer qualities were already revealed in early childhood. In the Bartók Conservatory, Budapest, his professors were prof. Gábor Eckhardt and prof. Balázs Réti, then he received his diploma with honours in 2008 at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, where he studied in prof. György Nádor, prof. Márta Gulyás and prof. Balázs Réti’s class. In 2009/10 he was studying at Tel Aviv University, The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music with prof. Emanuel Krasovsky.

Significant stations of his national and international carrier were the Great Concert Hall of the Liszt Academy, the Palace of Arts in Budapest, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and in 2008 he made his debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York with a recital. He was invited to several prestigious festivals, as the La Gesse Festival, Festival Radio France Montpellier, Miami Piano Festival, Schwetzinger Festspiele and the Ferruccio Busoni Festival.

Fülei has a wide repertoire, his recitals are famous for unique connections within the programmes. He is in contact with several Hungarian composers, his name is attached to numerous premieres of contemporary works and radio recordings.

He attended masterclasess and private lessons with Zoltan Kocsis who is recently his doctoral consultant, Ferenc Rados, György Kurtag, Imre Rohmann, Amadeus Webersinke, Willem Brons, Florent Boffard, Jeremy Menuhin, Norma Fischer, Boris Berman, Arie Vardi and Detlef Kraus.

He was awarded at a number of national and international competitions: in 2003 he won the 10th National Piano Competition of conservatories and the 10th Andor Földes Piano Competition. In 2005 he was winner of the 43rd ”Arcangelo Speranza” International Piano Competititon in Taranto, Italy and then won prizes in Milan, Cagliari and Moscow. He was selected twice to be soloist of the New Masters on Tour concert tour 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 (Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dohnányi Symphony Orchestra, MÁV Symphony Orchestra, Szolnok Symphony Orchestra, Danubia Symphony Orchestra), the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and played Beethoven’s piano concertos with the orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan.

He gave concerts in nearly all Europen countries, in the United States, Japan, China, Israel and Australia.

In 2010 he received the Junior Prima Prize, the most prestigious award in Hungary for young artists.