What might it be like to sing in the heavenly choirs with the angels? Yes, I can say with joy in my heart that more than once while performing with the Hungarian National Choir, the answer has come to me from deep inside: "Just like this!" The purity of the crystal-clear chords, the ringing notes, the cathartic experiences one gets from melodies that warm the soul and, last but not least, the fact that singing is another form of prayer... It has been a unique privilege to be able to make all of this my primary job, with this institution, where each and every one of my colleagues and directors is a professional of the highest calibre.
I was born on 22 July 1985 in the Transylvanian town of Csíkszentdomokos, which is the centre of the world for me; nowhere else in the world are there so many stars in the sky!
I think of myself as an upbeat, solution-oriented and sociable person, and my aim is to make the little bit of the world that has been entrusted to me a better place. I believe that every human being was created for the good.
I began my training in 1992 in Marosvásárhely (Târgu Mureș), where I started out studying violin under the tutelage of Lajos Engel at the city's High School of the Arts. I am grateful for this period, which ended up lasting ten years, as it allowed me to develop a great deal in terms of my musicality, my understanding of music theory and my love of music, but most of all, because playing the violin cleared up and honed my hearing.
After that, in 2002, at the recommendation of a teacher of mine named Elemér Fejér, whom I respect a great deal, I enrolled in the classical voice department. After only a year, I was taking part in national competitions, which confirmed to me that I had made the correct decision and was on the right path. My beloved instructors during this period were Ilona Borbély and Edit Orosz.
Then I was admitted to the Gheorghe Dima Academy of Music in Kolozsvár (Cluj Napoca), where I am proud to say my mentor was opera soprano Elena Andries. During the four years I spent there, apart from the professional skills she helped me develop, I also received guidance in many other areas of life from her. I also successfully mastered five opera roles: Cherubino (in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro), Orfeo (in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice), the Middle Kid in Alexandru Zirra's The Goat and Her Three Kids, the Third Lady (in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte) and Maddalena (in Verdi's Rigoletto). Around that same time, I got the chance to participate in a master class with the famous soprano Mariana Nicolesco too. Through the internet, I also gained a familiarity with famous singers like mezzo-soprano Elena Cernei, Anna Netrebko, Anna Moffo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Elina Garanca. I learned a great deal from all of them and continue to admire them to this day.
After leaving the security of student life, I returned to the city where I grew up, where I was accepted into the State Philharmonic Orchestra Tirgu-Mures in 2008. I consider myself lucky to have had the chance to work in such an environment, alongside people like these and in a building like the city's Palace of Culture. I felt blessed to go to work each morning to once again do what I love with the talent that God has given me. It was there that I first sang my favourite work: Fauré's Requiem. Its text and melodic world are both enchanting and thought-provoking in a positive sense, asking the question "What awaits us on the other side?"
All the while, I was starting to test my wings. I developed a familiarity with the genre of operetta and joined the Varieté Express operetta company in numerous performances, mostly around Transylvania, but also across the border in Hungary. In this genre, it is the soubrette roles that are closest to my heart, as it is a joy to perform the entertaining prose parts and the dance bits. Those were fun little productions. I might also mention the engagements I had performing in oratorios like Bruckner's Te Deum and Liszt's Via crucis. But the biggest surprise came for me with my work in the world of jazz, which commenced with a Gershwin concert in 2008. What I found in this music was true freedom and creativity. It was a simultaneously liberating and exhilarating feeling to sing these light melodies and, at the same time, improvise on complex chords and rely on our innermost musical sense and intuition. I later contributed my voice to two jazz bands: JAZZ 4 FUN and JAZZY BIRDS. Always deeply engaged with matters of faith as well, I also sang religious music as a member of WORSHIP TEAM.
All the while, I was teaching classical canto at the High School of the Arts there in Marosvásárhely, along with popular music and jazz singing at the city's School of Folk Arts. I was also able to take on a theatrical engagement with the National Theatre of Târgu Mureș, where I was honoured to serve as music director for a production of Aleksandr Sukhovo-Kobylin's play Tarelkin's Death.
Since September 2019, I have been part of the Hungarian National Choir's alto section. I feel great gratitude in my heart to be here, to be able to study and grow here, and to contribute the little droplet that is my own self to the sea of music.
I believe it is possible to live without music, but not worth it, because just as the body requires nourishment, so does the soul, and that is exactly what music is: food for the soul.