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.

Zétényi Tamás


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Tamás Zétényi was born in Budapest in 1985. He started playing the cello at the age of five. After winning the Starker Competition in 2004, he became a student of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. He also studied at Universität der Künste, Berlin, and at Bard College, New York State, USA. After his studies he worked with István Varga to refine his cello playing. He has visited master classes of such cellists as Miklós Perényi, László Fenyő, Tamás Mérei, Heinrich Schiff, Irene Sharp, Guido Schiefen and Wolfgang Boettcher. During his years of education, Tamás has played in distinguished orchestras, including the Danube Symphony Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra, and the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra. He has learned the most about music from Balázs Arnóth, György Kurtág and currently having lessons with Ferenc Rados coaching the Classicus Quartet.

In 2010/11 he was Visiting Fellow at Bard College, where he organized chamber music activities and performed at concerts. As a member of the Kalmia String Quartet he made recordings with Navona and Albany, and performed at several concerts, including an appearance in Jordan Hall, Boston.

Tamás Zétényi plays dozens of concerts a year both as a founding member of Classicus Ensemble, of Classicus Quartet and of Trio Passacaglia, but also with such ensembles as UMZE, ZAK Ensemble, THReNSeMBle, CentriFUGA or Rondino Ensemble, and has also participated in theatre productions of Krétakör and Alföldi Róbert.

The activities of the Classicus Quartet is centered around the concert series Well-tempered String Quartet, which is a series of concerts centered around the 12 different keys, performed at the Budapest Music Center. The 4 year long journey consists of more than 60 pieces, with a first performance at each concert. In the past four years Classicus Quartet has played several concerts in Hungary and abroad, including live radio broadcasts, a tour in Switzerland and concerts at the Liszt Academy.

He also performs regularly as a soloist. He has played solo concerts in many countries of Europe and in the USA, including an all-Liszt recital in the Library of Congress, Washington DC. As a dedicated performer of new music he has collaborated with a number of composers, playing first performances of pieces by Balogh Máté, Dargay Marcell, members of the CentriFUGA group, and Sándor László. He considers Péter Tornyai’s 70 minutes long piece for solo cello and male choir, Dixit as his most important commission.

In 2023 he was given the Artisjus-Prize.