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.

Héja Domonkos


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Studied first at Béla Bartók Conservatory - piano and percussion 1989-1993. He got his degree at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy on Percussion Faculty 1993-1997, chamber music by prof. Ferenc Rados and Lóránt Szűcs, master course by prof. Lóránt Fenyves and György Sebők in 1995. Then on Conductors' Training Faculty 1993-1998, by prof. Ervin Lukács. Master course by prof. Yuri Simonov 1997 and 1998.

In 1993 he founded the Danubia Youth Symphony Orchestra being its music director and principal conductor even nowadays. In 1995/96 appointed as assistant conductor by Budapest Festival Orchestra. He played percussion several times at Amadinda Percussion Group and Budapest Festival Orchestra concerts, and sang Gregorian chant with Schola Hungarica. He has assisted to conductoers, like Rudolf Barshai, Pavle Despalj, Ivan Fischer, Heinz Holliger, Ken Ichiro Kobayashi, Zoltán Kocsis, András Ligeti, Alain Lombard, Lev Markiz, Rico Saccani, Yuri Simonov, Pinchas Steinberg, Tamás Vásáry. He has conducted the following orchestras: Budapest Festival Orchestra; Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra; Budapest Symphony Orchestra; Danubia Youth Symphony Orchestra; Erdődy Chamber Orchestra; Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra; Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra; UMZE Chamber Ensemble; Orchestra of Colours, Greece; Kosice State Orchestra, Slovakia; Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Skopje; Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra.

2000 Prize of the Orchestra at Dimitris Mitropoulos Competition in Athens
1998 First Prize, Audience's Prize and Georg Solti Prize at Hungarian Television 9th International Conductors Competition, Budapest
1998 Caridis Prize and Prize of the Orchestra at Dimitris Mitropoulos International Conductors Competition, Athens
1990 First Prize at National Percussion Competition Hungary
1998 Aelia Sabina Prize
1986 Third Prize at Budapest Piano Competiton