It is an enormous gift to be able to make my favourite hobby my profession as well. Even more wonderful is the fact that this work I do amidst the kind and friendly companionship of the orchestra also gives pleasure to others outside of it. It is better to give than to receive, and when it comes to giving and receiving experience, this is true many times over.
Born in 1982, I started to play the cello at the age of ten. By the time I was 14, my studies took me to Budapest. I graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music after studying under Miklós Perényi, performing my thesis concert alongside the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra. During those years at the music academy, I enjoyed the opportunity to spend two fantastically inspiring years playing chamber music in Madrid under the guidance of some of the most outstanding artists in the genre, which further deepened its appeal for me. Those two years also gave me the chance to immerse myself in many unique and rarely performed works. After my return home to Hungary and the birth of my daughter, I was invited to audition to become the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra's principal cellist. Two years ago, building on the four years of professional experience I gained with the Opera, I joined the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and found myself part of both a very high quality music ensemble and an extraordinarily welcoming and friendly cello section. I enjoy working with everyone here very much.
In addition to my orchestral work, I try to dedicate as much time as I can to chamber music, as well as to performing as a soloist, which is important to me as it enriches one's ability to express oneself through one's instrument to an incredible degree. To top it all off, I also consider myself very lucky to be helping members of the most receptive age group of students prepare for the musical careers ahead of them as a teacher at the King Saint Stephen High School of Music. This task fills me with incredible motivation, and I learn a great deal from my students as well.
I have also had the good fortune to play several works as a soloist accompanied by an orchestra: these include several performances of Dvořák's Cello Concerto in B minor in both London and Hungary, Shostakovich's rarely heard Cello Concerto No. 2 and Bruch's Kol Nidrei in the Grand Hall of Budapest's Liszt Academy, and Vivaldi's Double Concerto in G minor and Concerto in G major at various venues around Hungary.