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.

Berényi Petra

cimbalom, viola

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The versatile Hungarian musician Petra Berényi enjoys a dual career as a violist and cimbalom player, having taken degrees in both instruments from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music.

Before moving to the U.S. she has performed in several contemporary music festivals in Hungary, as a chamber musician and as a participant at the International Bartok Seminar, in Szombathely, Hungary where she worked with the renowned Hungarian composer and teacher, György Kurtág. She performed numerous chamber- and symphonic orchestras such as Danubia Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Chamber-Symphony and the Hungarian Virtuosos Orchestra, Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2001 she was honored with the Award of Artisjus Foundation for her outstanding cimbalom performances of Hungarian contemporary music.

Ms. Berényi took second prize at “Paul Lukács Viola Competition” in 2002 which was organized by the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. In the same year she was an invited guest artist as a cimbalom player at the “Kurtág Festival” in London, England, 2002 where she performed Kurtág ‘s major orchestral works with the Orchestra of the Royal Academy and London Sinfonietta.

Since moving to the US in 2003 she has been associate principal violist in the Musica Nova Symphonic Orchestra in Scottsdale, AZ and occasionally performed in the Phoenix Symphony as well. She received a full scholarship three times to the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, where she served principal and co-principal viola in the Festival Orchestra.

After moving to North Carolina she started getting involved in different musical events in the Triangle area. She has performed frequently on different recitals and chamber music concerts at Duke University, University of North Carolina as a cimbalom player as well as a violist and performed several times in the concert series of Mallarmè Chamber Players.

Her recent appearances were as a cimbalom player in Dracula (music composed by Raleigh resident composer Mark Scearce) with the North Carolina Ballet, a Gala event in the Kennedy Center, Washington DC, and performances with Center City Opera at Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA. In August 2011 she was invited as a guest artist to Monadnock Music Festival in New Hampshire, performing Scenes from a Novel by Kurtág on cimbalom with prominent artists, such as soprano Tony Arnold, violinist, Gabriela Diaz and bass player Robert Black.

In 2012 January she U.S. premiered three times Kamilló Lendvay’s Concertino Semplice for cimbalom and string orchestra.

She currently lives in Cary, NC and member of the viola section of North Carolina Symphony after winning a full time position in 2011 November.