Péter Tornyai was born in 1987. He studies violin and composition with István Kertész and Zoltán Jeney at Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. As a violinist and violist he often plays classical and contemporary music with chamber ensembles such as Rondo Quartet, THReNSeMBle, Ludium Ensemble. The previous years he won 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes at the Composition Competitions of Liszt Academy. In 2011 he won the 1st prize and two special prizes at the chamber ensemble category of New Hungarian Music Forum Composer Competition. He was commisioned to write the compulsory piece of the 1st International Végh Sándor String Quartet Competition. His piece ’Ach Gott und Herr’ was performed by Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra in Musikverein, Vienna. He has been a participant of the masterclasses and seminars of Gyula Csapó, Johannes Schöllhorn (2008), Nigel Osborne (2009, 2010), Krzysztof Penderecki (2010), and Larry Polansky (2011).
What others have to say about Péter
In the category chamber music the four-movement QuatreQuatuor by Péter Tornyai won the first prize. The 24-year old composer has already convinced me of his talent, the particularly deep intellectualism of his musical language … I discovered the real proof of Tornyai’s talent in the last movement: despite the non-impeccable performance, we could witness the birth of many magic moments. Although I had a different opinion on the evening of the gala concert, now I think that Tornyai has deserved the first prize – owing to the conceptual richness and compositional complexity of his piece. (Szabolcs Molnár, Muzsika)