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Altalena Young Artists

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Alexandra Balog

piano

Alexandra Balog is young pianist whose love for music is closely allied to a strong desire to make it accessible to a wider public. This has earned her an active audience in her native Budapest where she has been giving solo and chamber music recitals from the age of thirteen. She currently studies in Graz with Prof. Markus Schirmer. Being a former scholar at the Royal Academy of Music in London, she earned her MMus degree in 2019 under the tutelage of Ian Fountain. She has won the Frederick Jackson and the Margaret Kitchin Awards, and a Hungarian National Scholarship from the Ministry of Human Resources. She has been supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and the Royal Academy of Music’s Entrance Scholarship for her masters. She has taken part in masterclasses given by Pascal Devoyon, Christopher Elton, Yevgeny Sudbin, Ferenc Rados, Pascal Roge, Tatiana Sarkissova and Colin Stone. Alexandra has garnered a number of prizes in significant competitions, notably the first prize at the Béla Bartók International Piano Competition in Graz where she received the special prize as well for the best interpreter of Bartók’s music. Her latest awards include first prize at this year’s Franz Liszt Centre International Piano Competition, La Nucia Spain, and the prestigious three-year-long creative scholarship programme from the Hungarian Art’s Academy. Alexandra made her solo debut at the Budapest Music Center in 2019. She also performed in the Palace of Arts (MüPa), Budapest, the Royal Academy of Music, London, the Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest, the Marble Hall of the Hungarian Radio MTVA, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, the Sziget Festival’s Papageno Stage, as well as many other prestigious venues across Europe in London, Berlin, Brussels, and several Austrian cities including Vienna and Graz. As a versatile musician, Alexandra is a keen chamber music player. She often plays with her group, the Altalena Ensemble, which she founded in 2015. The group has active contracts with major Hungarian venues such as the Hungarian Radio and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. She is also the founder and artistic director of the Altalena Music Festival (www.altalena.eu) taking place every summer since 2014.

Mihály Berecz

piano

Winner of the Liszt-Bartók Prize at the 15th Concours Géza Anda 2021 Mihály Berecz was born in Budapest in 1997 and began to learn the violin at the age of six. Later, in parallel with his work in various orchestras, he began to devote himself to the piano with Edit Major and Erzsébet Belák. He obtained his First Class Honours Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Christopher Elton, however. Winner of the Debut Berlin International Concerto Competition, Mihály performed for the first time at the Berlin “Philharmonie” in June 2017. Previous awards include the Golden Prize of the 2nd Manhattan International Music Competition and the Harriet Cohen Bach Prize of the Royal Academy of Music. At the 2013 Young Euro Classic Festival he performed Liszt’s “Hungarian Fantasy” at the Konzerthaus Berlin. Also in 2013, and upon the invitation of Zoltán Kocsis, he made his debut at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Budapest. At the Liszt Academy, where he frequently performs, he recently played Mozart’s “Jenamy” concerto under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev. Mihály’s interest in historical interpretation has led to performances of fortepiano concertos with renowned orchestras playing on period instruments, such as the Orfeo Orchestra. Between 2020 and 2022, as part of a scholarship from the Hungarian Academy of Arts, he performed Béla Bartók’s complete solo works of in eight concerts at the Hungarian Radio’s Marble Hall.

Fülöp Ránki

piano

Mónika Ruth Vida

piano

Csongor Korossy-Khayll

violin

János Mátyás Stark

violin

Born in 1997, János Mátyás Stark began playing the violin at the age of seven. From 2012 to 2016 he studied at the School for Exceptional Young Talents at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, and also learned composition at the Bartók Béla Secondary School. Since October 2016 he has been studying violin at the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar. He completed his bachelor's studies in the class of Prof. Andreas Lehmann. Between 2021 and 2023 he was a master's student of Prof. Friedemann Eichhorn. Currently he is continuing his studies with Prof. Eichhorn in Konzertexamen (postgraduate studies).

He perfected his violin playing at internationally renowned masterclasses, such as the International Summer Academy in Salzburg (2014), the “Encuentro de Santander” Festival (2016), or the Violin Masterclasses of the Kronberg Academy (2019) and attended the masterclasses of world-famous professors such as Barnabás Kelemen, Kristóf Baráti, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Yair Kless, Igor Ozim, Josef Špaček, Friedemann Eichhorn, Kirill Troussov, Zakhar Bron, Nobuko Imai, Krzysztof Penderecki and Mihaela Martin.

He won numerous prizes and awards, including 1st prize at the Béla Bartók National Violin Competition (2006), Gold Medal at the International Gyula Beliczay Violin Competition (2011), 3rd prize at the international violin competition “Talents for Europe” (2012), 2nd prize at the international music competition “Music without borders” (2013), 3rd prize at the National Leó Weiner Chamber Music Competition (2016), and 3rd prize at the international music competition “Rising Stars Grand Prix Berlin” (2019).

As a composer, he won 1st prize at the National Rezső Sugár Competition (2013) and 3rd prize at the international composition competition “Bartók World Competition” (2018). His award-winning piano piece was published by Universal Music Publishing Classical - Editio Musica Budapest and was the compulsory piece of next year's piano competition.

He regularly gives concerts in the most important Hungarian concert halls. In April 2023 he performed at the Palace of Arts Budapest with the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Martin Rajna. In 2023 he had an own concert series at Budapest Music Center with his piano trio. In December 2022 he made his debut in the Hradec Králové Filharmonie with the Violin Concerto in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn. He performed in many European countries such as England, Spain, Germany and Italy. His violin playing was broadcasted several times by Hungarian radio.

As a committed chamber musician he has made guest appearances at numerous festivals such as the “Kaposfest” in Hungary, the “Wege zu Liszt” Festival in Weimar or the “Encuentro de Santander” Festival in Spain, and has performed with artists such as Gábor Csalog, Tamás Érdi, Nobuko Imai and Lars Anders Tomter, among others.

In 2022 he was awarded the DAAD Prize.

Barbara Toth

violin

Kristóf Tóth

violin

Tóth Kristóf 2000-ben született Budapesten. Zenei tanulmányait 4 évesen kezdte Soltész Ildikó
tanárnőnél. 14 évesen felvételt nyert a Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyetem Előkészítő Tagozatára
Kokas Katalin osztályába. 2017-2019 között Szenthelyi Miklós osztályában tanult. 2023-ban Baráti
Kristóf és Kováts Péter növendékeként diplomázott.
Számos hazai, illetve nemzetközi verseny első helyezettje, többek között a 2010 és 2013-as Országos
Koncz János Hegedűverseny, a 2014-es Zathureczky Ede Emlékverseny, a XXI. Nemzetiközi Mladi
Virtuoz Hegedűverseny (2015), a XXIV. Cataniai Nemzetközi Gianlucha Campochiaro Hegedűverseny
(2015) és az I. Fehér Ilona Nemzetközi Hegedűverseny első díjazottja (2017). A Korossy Quartet
tagjaként szintén 1. helyezett a Weiner Leó Országos Kamarazene Versenyen (2019). 2021-ben a
Bartók Világverseny döntőjébe jutottak és 5 különdíjban részesültek.
Olyan neves művészek kurzusain vett részt, mint például: Pavel Vernikov, Mihaela Martin, Mimi Zweig,
Frankl Péter, Hyuna Kim, Shlomo Mintz, Pauk György, Kelemen Barnabás, Stuller Gyula.
Szólistaként, illetve kamarazenészként fellépet többek között az Egyesült Államokban, Kínában, illetve
Európa számos országában. Olyan rangos fesztiválok résztvevője, mint a Kaposfest, Fesztiválakadémia
Budapest, Lockenhausi Kamarazenefesztivál, Auer Fesztivál, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Nume Academy
Festival, IMS Prussia Cove.
Szólistaként fellépett a Liszt Ferenc Kamarazenekarral, az Anima Musicae Kamarazenekarral, a
Concerto Budapesttel, a Zuglói Filharmonikusokkal, a Budweisi Filharmonikusokkal, a Győri,
Szombathelyi és a Szegedi Szimfonikus Zenekarral, a Haydn Filharmonikusokkal, a Kolozsvári
Filharmonikusokkal, a Budapesti Vonósokkal, a MÁV Szimfonikus Zenekarral.
2017-ben bemutatta, majd egy évre rá lemezre vette Csemiczky Miklós Hegedűversenyét.
2019-ben Junior Príma Díjat kapott.
2023-tól az Altalena Young Artists közösség tagja.

Simone Pirri

violin

Benjámin Dolfin

bassoon

Balázs Dolfin

cello

Born into a family of musicians, Balázs Dolfin started the cello at the age of 4. Within a few years he won two national and chamber music competitions in his native, Hungary. In 2010, at the age of 12, he was accepted for the Department for Exceptionally Gifted Students at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and began his studies with Prof. László Mező. In the following years he won numerous awards and first prizes at international competitions in Austria, Italy and Croatia. In 2016 he was supported by the Bank of China Scholarship and multiple times by the Annie Fischer Scholarship of the Hungarian Government. In 2018/19 he had the opportunity to study in Germany with Prof. Gustav Rivinius. He received his Master's Diploma under Prof. Wen-Sinn Yang at the
University for Music and Performing Arts in Munich.
Balázs has given numerous recitals across Europe: in Paris, London, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands, as well as appeared in many renowned
Hungarian concert halls such as the Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy, the Palace of Arts, the Marble Hall of the Hungarian Radio, and the Béla Bartók Memorial House,
among others. In 2017 he was awarded the Junior Príma Award, the most prestigious award for Hungarian artists.
In 2021 he won first prize at the “Virtuoso & Belcanto” competition and was invited to perform several concerts in Italy the following year. For the 2022 season he joined the cello section of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and in the same year participated in the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. In 2023 January he won 2nd prize at Leó Weiner Chamber music Competition as well as the Special Prize for the best Weiner interpretation.
In 2022-23, Balázs was one of the selected students at the University for Music and Performing Arts Munich to attend in the highest soloist degree in Europe, called “Meisterklasse Zertifikatstudium” with Prof. Wen-Sinn from which he has recently graduated with distinction. He performs regularly throughout Europe with his cello
and piano duo, the “Dolfin-Lin Duo”, which he founded in 2022 with his chamber music partner, Tony Chen Lin. The duo's most recent successful concert was in Brussels (Liszt Institute Brussels), which was also their debut concert in Belgium.

Gergely Devich

cello

Balog Gabriella

Duo Antiguedad, flute

David Antiguedad

Duo Antiguedad, guitar

Áron Tálas

Jazz piano

Balázs Szalóky

Jazz Trumpet

Thanks to Balázs Szalóky's family as musicians, he was able to gain an insight into what it means to be a musician from a young age. The interesting thing is that most members of the family are classical musicians, but Balázs met a lot of jazz musicians at a very young age thanks to his father (Béla Szalóky), who is an excellent jazz musician. He respects and loves both genres equally. This led him to the decision to move to Manhattan to study at The Juilliard School after graduating from the Weiner Leó School of Music. As he was the highest scorer among the applicants, he was awarded the Jerome L. Greene Fellowship to begin his studies in New York. Thanks to the city, he was able to learn a lot about jazz while pursuing a degree in Classics at Juilliard. For example, he got to know one of his idols, Wynton Marsalis, a multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter, and Jon Erik-Kellso, a leading figure in New York's traditional jazz scene. One of the most interesting of these was as a guest of the Modern Art Orchestra, a Hungarian orchestra, where he played the premiere of László Melis' trumpet piece "Uncle Melis' Tales of Pepin" as soloist with the great orchestra in Washington and New York.
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