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János Mátyás Stark


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.

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