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.

Fülei Balázs


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Balázs Fülei, Hungarian pianist was born in Kecskemét, Hungary 1984. He started to learn music at the age of eight, his interest in music and his performer qualities were already revealed in early childhood. His first teacher was Mrs Katonáné Szabó Judit. In the Bartók Conservatory, Budapest, his professors were prof. Gábor Eckhardt and prof. Balázs Réti, then he made his diploma with honours at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, 2008 in prof. György Nádor, prof. Márta Gulyás and prof. Balázs Réti’s class. In 2009-10 he was studying in Tel Aviv University, The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music with prof. Emanuel Krasovsky.

Significant stations of his national and international carreer were the Great Concert Hall of the Liszt Academy, the Palace of Arts in Budapest, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and in 2008 he had his debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York and in the Kioi Hall, Tokyo, 2011, with a solo recital. He was invited to several prestigious festivals, like the La Gesse Festival , Festival Radio France Montpellier, Miami Piano Festival, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Ferruccio Busoni Festival, Festival de Bellerive.

Mr Fülei has a wide repertoire, his solo concerts are famous for unique connections within the programmes. He has nexus with several Hungarian composers, his name is attached to premieres of contemporary works and radio recordings. He attended masterclasess and private lessons with Zoltan Kocsis, Ferenc Rados, György Kurtág, Imre Rohmann, Gábor Csalog, Rita Wagner, Amadeus Webersinke, Willem Brons, Florent Boffard, Jeremy Menuhin, Norma Fischer, Boris Berman, Arie Vardi and Detlef Kraus.

He was awarded at a number of national and international competitions: in 2003 he was first prize winner at the 10th National Piano Competition of the conservatories and the 10th Andor Földes Piano Competition. In 2005 he was winner of the 43th „Arcangelo Speranza” International Piano Competititon in Taranto, Italy and then won prizes in Milan, Cagliari and Moscow. Twice he was selected to be soloist of the New Masters on Tour concert tour by the International Holland Music Sessions. In 2006 he recorded Chopin and Liszt ballades on DVD in Tokyo. Recently at the Paisiello Festival in South Italy he played the composer’s piano concertos on fortepiano. Mr Fülei was invited by several Hungarian orchestras (Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Ernő Dohnányi Symphonic Orchestra, MÁV Symphonic Orchestra, Szolnok Symphonic Orchestra, Danubia Symphonic Orchestra), the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Bombay Chamber Orchestra and played with the orchestra I pomeriggi Musicali in Milan Piano Concertos by Beethoven.

He gave concerts in nearly all Europen countries, in the United States, Japan, China, India, Israel and Australia.

In 2010, he was awarded with the Junior Prima Prize, the most prestigious award in Hungary for young musicians, in 2011 with Artisjus-prize, in 2012 with the award of The Solti Foundation and in 2017 with Liszt Prize. Since 2012 Balázs Fülei has been an assistant professor at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest.