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.

Hamar Zsolt


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Zsolt Hamar, conductor, was born in 1968. He started playing the piano at the age of six, then he studied composing as a pupil of István Fekete Győr at the Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music. At the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music he studied composition with Professor Emil Petrovics, and in his final year he also took up conducting. His teachers were Ervin Lukács and Tamás Gál. He got his degree in 1995.

In the same year, he won Second Prize in the Hungarian Television's International Conductor's Competition and won the Public's Award, too. In 1996, in the Conductor's Competition organized in Cadaques, Spain, he was again ranked second. In 1997, however, he was awarded First Prize at the Portuguese Radio's International Conductor's Competition.

From 1995, he worked with Tamás Vásáry for a year and conducted the Hungarian Radio's Youth Symphony Orchestra. In October 1996, he was Sir Yehudi Menuhin's partner in conducting the Gala Concert of the World Music Day. From 1996 to 1998 he was assistant professor at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music.

He has been engaged to conduct the Budapest Philharmonic Society, the MATÁV Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian State Opera and the orchestra of the Csokonai Theatre of Debrecen. In the autumn of 1997, on the recommendation of Zoltán Kocsis musical director, he was appointed the First Permanent Conductor of the National Philharmonics (formerly the Hungarian State Concert Orchestra).

In 1998, at the invitation of Dr. Hans Landesmann, he had the opportunity to study Verdi's opera, Don Carlos with Lorin Maazel at the Salzburg Music Festival. In the same year he conducted the Weiner Kammerorchester at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Polish Radio's Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw at the invitation of Sigmund Krause, and also the opening concert of the Sudbohemian Festival with the Southern Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

He was principal conductor and artistic director with the Pécs Symphony Orchestra (today: Pannon Philharmonics) from 2000 to the autumn of 2009. He has regularly conducted performances at the Hungarian State Opera House since 2001, and appeared as a guest conductor in Italy, the United States and Japan.

In 2001 he received the Liszt Prize, in 2006 the Hungarian Republic Order of the Cross (civil section) and he began a Merited Artist in 2017.