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.

Bartek Zsolt


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Zsolt Bartek was born in 1982 in Pécs, Hungary. He started his musical studies in Budapest, where he was playing the recorder and the clarinet. After finishing music school he continued his clarinet studies in the Bartók Béla Secondary School (1996-2001), and later in the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, where he received his diploma „summa cum laude” as a professional clarinetist and teacher (2007). During these years his professors were Endre Gyulai, Gábor Miháltz and Tibor Dittrich.

He attended several masterclasses as an active participant with such masters as György Kurtág, Henk Guittart, Ferenc Rados, László Hadady, József Balogh, Ilona Szeverényi, György Déri, Zoltán Gyöngyössy, Imre Hargitai, Endre Hegedűs, Lajos Rozmán, Antal Szabó and József Vajda. Since 2007 he has been performing very actively either as a soloist, chamber music player or orchestra member in Hungary, UK, Brazil, Lithuania, Germany, Russia, Armenia, Switzerland and Serbia. He performed at many important venues and festivals like the Hungarian Radio, Palace of Arts (Budapest), Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Bartók Festival Szombathely, Making New Waves Festival Budapest.

He is one of the founding members of the Balassa Clarinet Quintet, Voce d'Amore Clarinet Orchestra, Teatro di Musica Orchestra and Ventoscala Orchestra. In 2009 he performed together with Ágens in Hungary. In 2009 he joined the Barefoot Musicians artists' group, where he regularly plays together with Éva Bodrogi soprano and Katalin Koltai guitarist.

As an orchestra player he performed with such conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Fischer Sivan, Tamás Gál, Christopher Hogwood, Zoltán Kocsis, Helmuth Rilling. He performed on several recordings of Hungarian composers and also played film music like in Steven Spielberg: Munich and György Pálfi: Taxidermia.

His musical personality and wide instrumental knowledge (playing clarinets, recorders, saxophone and several other related instrument) brings him that many composers invite him to play premiers of their work. Besides receiving many dedications he played first performances of compositions of the following Hungarian composers: Balázs Alpár, Ilona Meskó, Péter Zombola, Dániel Dinyés, Tímea Dragony, Albin Leszkovszki, Balázs Futó, Márton Kerékfy, Péter Tornyai, Balázs Horváth, Bálint Horvát, Marcell Dargay, Máté Bella, Csanád Kedves, Máté Szigeti, Tamás Matkó, Árpád Kákonyi, Ádám Cser, Dezső Oláh, Mátyás Wettl, András Derecskei, Sztojanov Georgi, Emese Maróti, Márton Levente Horváth, Bálint Karosi, Levente Gyöngyösi.

He is also interested to play in interdisciplinary performances, therefore he played in several modern theatre shows in Hungary like Bástyasétány 77 (Radnóti Miklós Theatre) and Péter Nádas: Találkozás (Bárka Theatre).