Guest Artists

Born in 1987, Budapest, Palojtay started to play the piano at the age of five. Being just 13 years old, he was admitted to the Special School for Exceptional Young Talents of the Liszt Academy of Music Budapest,  a year later to the Béla Bartók Music Secondary School where he learned composition. He was  a winner of the school’s improvisation competition in 2003, a year later he obtained second prize at the International Chopin Competition in Budapest, and received the Sári Bíró Memorial Award of the Liszt Academy, where he graduated in 2011. Among his teachers were András Kemenes, Rita Wanger and Márta Gulyás. Between 2007 and 2009 he interrupted his studies in Budapest in order to study with Prof. Imre Rohmann at the Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria.

János has played concerts in Seoul, New York and a number of European cities and participated in festivals like Encuentro de Musica y Academica in Santander, and MusMA European Broadcasting Festival, Schubertiade 2008 in Schwarzenberg, and master classes of Ferenc Rados, Dmitry Bashkirov, Murray Perahia and András Schiff. Palojtay is a member of a group of young musicians led by Prof. Gábor Csalog dedicated to studying and performing György Kurtág’s works, who personally attended a performance and discussed his compositions with the young musicians.

Since 2008 János regularly performs orchestral keyboard parts with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. In 2011 he recieved the Gundel Artistic prize in Budapest which gave him the possibilty to perform with  Christopher Hogwood conducting the Budapest Philharmonic Society. Currently he is a postgraduate student at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart studying with Prof. Kirill Gerstein.

In 2012 János won 3rd prize at the Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition in Santander.

Bálint Kruppa

Bálint KruppaBálint started to play the violin at the age of 6. At 11 he was accepted to the Preliminary Class for at the Liszt Academy were he has been studying with Perényi Eszter.

He won numberous prizes at competitions, such as 2nd prize at the Telemann Competition in Poznaň, 2nd prize at the Zagreb International Violin Competition.

He has studied with Kokas, Kelemen, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Eduard Grach, Keller András and Wagner Rita. He plays on a Nemessányi violin.

Péter Surján

Péter SurjánBorn in Budapest, 1988, Péter started playing the violin at the age of seven and the piano at the age of eight in the Járdányi Pál Music School with  Tardos Lászlóné and Becht Erika. He won awards at the following festivals:  IX. Fővárosi Kamarazene Fesztivál (2000),  XI. Gyermekművészeti Fesztivál (2001), XII. Gyermek Művészeti Fesztivál, Fővárosi Zongoraverseny (2001).

He was accepted to the Weiner Leó Conservatory in 2003 where he studied with Németh Zsuzsa. His chamber music teachers included Arnóth Balázs and Papp Sándor. He recieved an award for excellence at the 4th National chamber Music Competition in 2006.

In 2007 he was accepted to the Liszt Academy. He is currently studying violin with Járdányi Zsófia and chamner music with Wagner Rita and Keller András.

Máté Bán

Máté started studying the flute with Gyöngyvér Szalai in Baja. He went to Secondary School of Music to Kecskemét where his teacher was Ákos Dratsay.

Currently he is a student of the Liszt Academy in Budapest, studying with professor János Bálint. He won First Prize on the National Flute Competitions in 2006 and in 2007, and on international flute competitions in Poland in 2009 and in Germany in 2011. On this competition he participated in category of flute duo with Lívia Duleba. He recieved a special award on an international flute competition in Budapest, 2007, and in Serbia, 2011 he won Second Prize. In 2011 Máté won an audition for a prestigeous music festival in Santander (Spain).

Emőke Baráth

Emőke BaráthHungarian soprano Emőke Baráth was born in 1985 and started her musical studies at the early age of 6 playing piano and cello. She continued her education in singing and playing harp and after she became the student of Professor Julia Pászthy at Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In academic year 2011/12 she studied at Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Firenze. Whilst being a student was awarded a Special (2003) and 1st Prizes (2005 and 2006) at the National Singing Competitions, 3rd prize at the 44th International Antonin Dvořák Competition (2009) and 1st Prize and Audience Prize at the 2nd International Singing Competion for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. In 2011 Emőke received the Verbier Academy Prize in Switzerland. In the same year she was awarded the Junior Prima Prize which is one of the most recognized prize for young artists in Hungary.

She attended several masterclasses by Barbara Bonney, Kiri Te Kanawa,Deborah York, Éva Marton, Masaaki Suzuki, Ferenc Rados, Klára Kolonits, Sylvia Sass, László Polgár, Nancy Argenta, Nicholas Clapton,Alfred Brendel. She attended baroque workshops in Gmunden (Austria), Boston (USA) and in Sopron ( Hungary).

Emőke Baráth has been invited to perform at numerous recognized venues and festivals like Hungarian State Opera, Palace of Arts, Franz Liszt Academy- Budapest, Early Music Days – Sopron, Verbier Festival, Bellerive Festival- Switzerland,Innsbrucker Festwochen, Theater an der Wien, Théatre des Champs-Elysées (Paris),Royal Opera (Versailles), Nikolaisaal ( Potsdam), Staatstheater Braunschweig, Brandenburger Theater, Tschaikovsky Concert Hall, Pushkin Museum (Moscow).

Recent operatic appearances by Emőke Baráth include Poppea ( C. Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea), Dorinda (G.Fr. Händel: Orlando),Sesto (Händel: Giulio Cesare), Alceste ( Händel: Arianna in Creta), Melissa ( Händel: Amadigi), Theodora ( Händel: Theodora),Barbarina ( W.A. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Mozart: Don Giovanni), Second Woman, First Witch and Spirit (H.Purcell: Dido and Aeneas) with conductors including György Vashegyi, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Alan Curtis, Paul McCreesh.

On her first recording ( released in november 2012 by Naïve Records)she sings the role of Sesto from Händel’s Giulio Cesare ( Il complesso barocco,conducted by Alan Curtis).

In 2013 she sings the title role of Francesco Cavalli’s Elena at the Festival d’Aix-en-provence.

Beyond that she can be heard frequently as soloist of chamber and church music concerts as well.

András Németh

András Németh, born in 1986, started his studies at the age of 8 at the László Lajtha School of Music with Erika Nagy. He went on to study at the Béla Bartók Conservatory where he became a student of  Gábor Eckhardt and Balázs Réti. In 2001 he recieved a Second Prize at the National Piano Competition in Békés-Tarhos.

In 2004 András was accepted to the Liszt Academy, where he studied with András Kemenes, Sándor Falvai, Jenő Jandó, Rita Wagner, Gábor Csalog, Márta Gulyás, Pál Éder and Géza Hargitai. In the summer of 2007 he participated in the Béla Bartók Seminar in Szombathely. Since 2009 he is regularly attending master classes with Gábor Csalog and András Kemenes as a member of the Ludium Ensemble, dedicatep to studying and performing György Kurtág’s ouvre.

András graduated in 2010. From then on he has been teaching at the Podmaniczky School of Music in Aszód, and since October he is also teaching at the Bence Szabolcsi School of Music, Budapest.