Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Székely István


Place of Birth
Dunaújváros (Sztálinváros)
Date of Birth

23 May 1960 Sztálinváros (Dunaújváros)

He started learn piano playing at the age of 5, and in 1977 he was awarded the first prize at the International Competition for Young Pianists held in Sopron. In the next year he enrolled in the Budapest Academy of Music where he was studying under Professors Pál Kadosa and Zoltán Kocsis. During his student years he won several prizes at international competitions, like in 1983 the Salamanca Piano Competition, where he was awarded the first prize. At the same year, he was granted a scholarship of the Cziffra Foundation.

In 1989 he was offered a scholarship of the Soros Foundation in the USA. István Székely frequently performs in Hungary’s concert halls and in the Hungarian Radio. His performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto in A, was recorded by the Hungarian Television. Since 1986 he has been an assistant professor at the Budapest Academy of Music.

Besides being a renowned performing artist in Hungary, he has been equally acclaimed abroad, too. He had highly successful guest performances in most East-European countries as well as in Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Japan, Spain, India and Hong-Kong. In 1984 he participated at the Interforum Festival, in 1985 appeared at the Bath Festival, in 1987 at the Salzburg Castle Concerts and in West Berlin he was the soloist of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra in 1988.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor" / Piano Sonata No. 8, "Pathetique" Capriole CA15628
Great Orchestral Classics 10 (Austria) Naxos 8.570045
1987 Liszt Ferenc: Parafrázisok orosz szerzők műveire
(Liszt, Ferenc: Paraphrases on works by Russian composers)
Hungaroton HCD 12767 Own
1988 Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Sonatas - Nos. 8, 12, 14, 21, 23, 24, 26 / Rondo a capriccio, "Rage over a lost penny" Capriccio C51123 2 CDs
1988 Chopin, Fryderyk: 4 Ballads / 4 Scherzi Naxos 8.550084 Own
1988 Chopin, Fryderyk: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos 8.550123
1990 Chopin, Fryderyk: Famous Piano Music Naxos 8.550291
1990 Chopin, Fryderyk: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Liszt, Ferenc: Piano Concerto No. 1 Naxos 8.550292
1991 101 Great Orchestral Classics, Vol.10. Naxos 8.551150
1991 The Best of Chopin Naxos 8.551104
1993 The Best of Naxos 6. Naxos 8.550006
1993 Romantic Moments Vol.1-5 Laserlight 35865 5 CDs
1994 The Best of Naxos 3. Naxos 8.550003
1995 Chopin, Fryderyk: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3. / Barcarolle in F sharp major / Fantasy-Impromptu / Berceuse Amadis 7062 Own
1995 Chopin, Fryderyk: Waltzes (Complete) Amadis 7063 Own
1995 Chopin, Fryderyk: Etudes (Complete) Amadis 7064 Own
1996 Night Music, Vol. 1. Naxos 8.551121
1997 Bach, J. Ch.: Sinfonie Concertanti, Vol. 4 Capriccio C10811
1998 Clair de Lune - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos 8.556601
1999 Chopin, Fryderyk: Piano Favourites Amadis 7172 Own
2004 Classic Moods Capriccio C18414
2005 Classics for Lovers Naxos 8.570013-14
2005 Night Music Vol.6 Naxos 8.556820
2009 Classic Swoon Naxos 8.578046-47 2 CDs