Liszt Academy Brass Week 2015

Pleasant moments, useful hours during the 10-14 August Horn Week with Michael Höltzel at Lake Balaton. Application deadline: 17 July 2015!

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- master courses

- individual classes

- chamber music and ensemble playing

- Hungarian brass pieces

- preparation for orchestral excerpts

- breathing exercises

- concert opportunities

- beautiful location

- pleasant combination of learning and leisure time

- meals and accommodation



In 2015 the Liszt Academy of Music organizes the 4th Brass Week in Balatonfüred. This year we focus on the FRENCH HORN with our special guest professor and french horn artist, Michael Höltzel.

The main objective of the Liszt Academy Brass Week is to present the characteristics and specialities of the Hungarian brass education based on Ferenc Liszt's and Zoltán Kodály's legacy. For our professors teaching is a passion and education focuses on understanding the meaning of music and the art of ensemble playing. During the summer master courses, our professors will lay emphasis not only on technique but on preparation for orchestral excerpts as well. They consider the stage experience as an essential part in the education of an artist. Therefore, participants will give several concerts during the Brass Week in the frame of the sparkling seasonal cultural life of Balatonfüred.  All participants will be provided with an official Liszt Academy certification.


The Liszt Academy Brass Week teachers aim also to present and show the works of those Hungarian composers who devoted a considerable part of their oeuvre to brass instruments and brass ensembles. Across the analysis and practice of some pieces written by the representatives of the elder generation (Frigyes Hidas, Sándor Balassa, Miklós Kocsár, József Sári, György Ránki, Ferenc Farkas, Endre Székely, Iván Madarász, Máté Victor, András Szőllősy, Gyula Bánkövi, László Dubrovay, Miklós Sugár, Péter Durkó and Miklós Malek), as well as some pieces of the younger composer generation (Gyula Fekete, Balász Horváth and Rezső Ott) we would like to show the richness and variety of the Hungarian brass literature. To enable the understanding of these works we will provide a whole lecture on their music.


Lake Balaton, also called the ‘Hungarian sea', is one of the foremost holiday destinations in Hungary, famous for its water, picturesque hills, delicious wines and sparkling cultural life. The Liszt Academy Brass Week takes place in the wonderful town of Balatonfüred situated at the lakeside.  The master courses are be held in the building of the local music school, János Ferencsik Music School, a recently renewed 220-year-old noble manor house. The accommodation is in a youth hostel 15 minutes from the school. Besides learning and practicing, you can enjoy the beach, visit high quality wine cellars and taste special local cuisine with a glass of refreshing wine of the hill Badacsony.


Michael Höltzel

Guest Professor

Michael Höltzel was born in Tübingen (Germany) and studied in Stuttgart (horn and viola) and at the Salzburg Mozarteum (horn and conducting).F
or many years he was Principal Horn at the Bamberg Symphony and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist Michael Höltzel performed with well-known orchestras and conductors, and has made a number of highly acclaimed recordings. For 28 years Höltzel was Professor for horn and chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, where many currently internationally-renowned soloists and prizewinners were among his students, including Radovan Vlatkovic, Bruno Schneider,Daniel Katzen Eric Terwilliger, Esa Tapani, Alessio Allegrini and Paolo Mendes. He also spent several years as visiting professor at the renowned School of Music in Bloomington (USA). He founded various chamber music ensembles which have enjoyed international success, such as the Detmolder Hornisten, Gran Partita Detmold and Detmolder Serenadenensemble. He has been the initiator and organizer of a number of very successful international horn workshops. Together with his wife he is co-founder of the International Horntage (established in 2002). The three volumes of Michael Hoeltzel’s Method for French Horn have been published by Schott International. The most advanced volume No. 3, which had been awarded a German Book Prize in 2001, is also available in English. Since 2006 Höltzel is guest professor at the Hochschule für Musik and Theater Rostock and since 2013 also at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold.

Prof. Michael Höltzel

Zoltán Varga

Master Class Leader


Zoltán Varga hornist is an associate professor of the Liszt Academy Woodwinds and Brass Department. He was born in 1961 in Oroszlány. After his High School studies in Győr, he was student of Ferenc Tarjáni at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. Since 2010 he is horn teacher at the Liszt Academy teaching horn major, methodology and chamber music. Zoltán Varga has been principal horn of the Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra since 1983. For more than two decades, he has been featuring in CD recordings as a member and solo horn of the Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra, and has participated in concerts tours around the world. He is also member of the Anonymus Brass Quintet. His students regularly participate and achieve remarkable successes in national and international competitions. He won Ernő Dohnányi Award in 1997, got the ARTISJUS Award five times and won Ferenc Liszt Award in 2008.


Zoltán Varga at the Brass Week in 2003



Imre Magyari

Dr. habil. associate professor


Imre Magyari, Dr. habil. associate professor of the Liszt Academy Woodwinds and Brass Department, was born in 1954, Budapest. He finished his horn studies as student of Zoltán Lubik in 1978 at the Liszt Academy of Music; on his diploma concert the conductor was János Ferencsik. He has been teaching at his Alma Mater since 1978. Since 1975 as the hornist of the Hungarian State Orchestra, he has played with such musicians, as Abbado, Ceccato, Dohnányi, Doráti, Ferencsik, Gardelli, Kobayashi, Masur, Patane and Solti. Since 1980 he has been member of the Budapest Brass Quintet. He won firs prize in 1976, Pabianice, 1976, Markneukirchen, 1978, Vercelli, 1980, Budapest. Magyari won the Ferenc Liszt Award in 1986. He has several solo concerts in all the countries of Europe, in Japan and int he USA.


Imre Magyari


Gusztáv Hőna

artistic director, founder of the Liszt Academy Brass Week

Concert and solo trombone player, professor of the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, former head of the Woodwind and Brass Department and currently is the leader of the Brass Sub-department of the Liszt Academy. He was the first trombone player at the Hungarian Radio Symphony until 2010 and during his career he was the member of several brass ensembles including his own Trombone Quartet. As a leader artist in the Hungarian contemporary music scene he has focused on making recognized and acknowledged the solo and chamber music trombone playing. Several composers have composed and dedicated works to him and his quartet. He contributed in several CD recordings as solo trombone player. Gusztáv Hőna is often invited to have master classes in countries all over the world: Germany, England, France, Italy, Japan and several universities in the United States. He has been also the jury member of several national and international competitions. Professor Hőna is the laureate of numerous national awards and prizes; his creative and artistic achievement in trombone playing and teaching was recognized on international level as well with the International Trombone Association Award in 2010.


Tuition Fee and Application

Price for the Brass Week: 300 € including application fee, accommodation and 3 meals a day.

Application deadline:  17 July 2015

Application fee (to be paid before the 30th of June 2015): 40 €

For further information please contact Ms. Orsolya Freytag at brassweek[at]


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