Ferenc Bangó, Kossuth Prize-winning violinist
Kossuth Prize-winning violinist Ferenc Bangó was admitted to the Liszt Academy’s Special School for Exceptional Young Talents in 1987 to study under Prof. András Kiss. Later on, he took private lessons with István Ruha and Prof. József Sívó and attended master classes with Ruggiero Ricci and György Pauk winning awards at several international competitions, both in Hungary and abroad. He joined the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra in 1998. Since June 2008, he has served as the concertmaster of the Grazioso Chamber Orchestra, formed from members of the Hungarian National Philharmonic and led by artistic director Zoltán Kocsis until his death. In September 2009, he also became concertmaster of the Solti Chamber Orchestra and he has performed as a soloist with both ensembles several times a year since then. He joined the world-famous Kodály String Quartet in September 2014 and was promoted to concertmaster of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra in April 2015. As a soloist, he has collaborated with such artists as Alexander Sitkovetsky, János Kovács, Torleif Thedéen, Zoltán Kocsis, Tamás Vásáry, Jenő Jandó, Alina Ibragimova, Ádám Medveczky, Barnabás Kelemen, Ilya Hoffman, Natalia Tchitch, Kristóf Baráti, Gergely Madaras, Dora Schwarzberg and Sergei Nakariakov. On Hungary’s national holiday 15 March 2022, he received the Kossuth Prize as a member of the Kodály String Quartet.