Featuring artists

OFFICIAL RÉPÉTITEURS OF THE COMPETITION 

KATALIN ALTER

She earned a degree in piano, chamber music and piano accompaniment at the Conversatories of Lviv and Kiev. She has been teaching at the Liszt Academy since 1986 and has worked with Márta Kurtág, Zsuzsa Forrai, Magda Nádor, Éva Marton and since 2011 with Andrea Meláth. Se teached in the Opera Studio of the Hungarian State Opera between 2001 and 2005. She has participated as official répétiteur at various international competitions, as well as at master classes by Éva Marton, Anna Reynolds, Júlia Hamari, Sylvia Sass, Walter Moore and Jeanne Henny.

MÓNIKA BAJA

She graduated as a piano accompanist from the Liszt Academy in 2011. She has been répétiteur with several Hungarian opera companies, and she is also active as a chamber musician, having given concerts in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Sweden, among others. She has assisted in the work of the Department of Vocal and Opera Studies of the Liszt Academy since 2013.

GABRIELLA GYÖKÉR

She has taught at the Liszt Academy since 1998, and is an accompanist in the Department of Vocal and Opera Studies. As a close colleague of Éva Marton since 2007, she has taken part in the everyday artistic and teaching work of the world-famous soprano.

SZABOLCS SÁNDOR

He taught at the St. Stephen and Bartók conservatories between 1991 and 2000, was répétiteur in the Hungarian State Opera between 1998 and 2012, and has been music director of the Liszt Academy Department of Vocal and Opera Studies since 2011. He took a diploma in conducting in Italy, and in 2006 won third prize in Orvieto. He has participated as piano accompanist in numerous singing courses and competitions.


 

The Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera will be CONDUCTed on THE FINAL AND THE GALA CONCERT by

BALÁZS KOCSÁR

The Liszt Prize awarded conductor was born in 1963. He completed his conducting and choral conducting studies at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest. Afterwards he became the student of the Music Academy of Vienna, where his master was Professor Karl Österreicher. He participated in master classes of Helmuth Rilling, Jorma Panula and Péter Eötvös. In 1989 he obtained Third Prize as the best Hungarian participant of the International Conducting Competition of Hungarian Television. In 1995 he won First Prize at the Franco Ferrara Conducting Competition organized by the Opera di Roma. From 1990 to 1993 he was conductor at the Szeged National Theatre (Hungary), then he became assistant conductor of Maestro Ervin Lukács at the Hungarian National Orchestra. Since 1992 he has been regularly conducting in the Hungarian State Opera. From 1993 to 1999 he was music director of the Csokonai Theatre in Debrecen (Hungary) and also worked as artistic director of the Debrecen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kodály Choir. From 2011 to 2013 he was music director of the Budapest Spring Festival. He conducts mainly in Italy, Germany, France and Australia. Since 2016 he has been acting principal musical director of the Hungarian State Opera.