The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti

Cello MA Course Description

1. semester

The repertoire covered can be chosen freely by the candidate based upon their interests (ex. Baroque genre) and/or based on repertoire needed for an international competition.

Candidate is expected to display good tone and intonnation, as well as posess thorough knowledge of the cello repertoire. The goal is for the candidates to be able to perform beyond the walls of the practice rooms and prepare for performances in a large concert hall (Leó Weiner's teaching principle)

One must be able to perform fast passages expressively, with proper articulation, and accuracy. Playing the correct notes is not enough, the candidate must learn to perform the music.


Suggested repertoire and studies:

  • Technical studies including Paul Tortelier studies or Flesch Scale Studies (cello).
  • Grützmacher Etudes Book II.
  • Locatelli: D-major Sonata (Piatti edition)
  • Cassado: Suite
  • Schumann: a minor concerto or Dvořak: b minor concerto
  • Student can also begin studying Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 


Exam requirements:

One etude or caprice from the following:

  • Popper: Hohe Schule No. 33. D major
  • Servais: Caprice No. 2. D major
  • Piatti: Caprice No. 3. B major or No. 12. e minor
One concerto from the following:
  • Honegger: Hindemith (1940)
  • Mihály András
  • Kachaturian
  • Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concert,
  • Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
  • Viski János: Concerto

One major work from the following:

  • Schumann: Stücke im Volkston
  • Tchaikovsky: Pezzo Capriccioso
  • Bartók: Rhapsody No. 1
  • Dvořak: Rondó or A major Polonaise
  • Kodály: Sonatina
  • Kósa György: Andante and Vivace
  • Martinu: Variations on a theme by Paganini
  • Bartók: Romanian Dances
  • Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise brillante


2. semester

Suggested repertoire and studies:

Same technical studies as the first semester, as well as Pais left hand studies. Grützmacher etudes  from Book II., Pekker Concert Etudes.


  • Boccherini: L'imperatice, A major sonata
  • Kodály: Capriccio Op. 8., one movement from Solo Sonata
  • Hindemith: Solo sonata Op. 25/3

Virtuoso Pieces:

  • Kachaturian: Concert-rhapsody
  • Borghi, Kraft, V. Herbert, Klughart


Exam Material:

A) One entire Bach suite (1., 2., 3.) or Preludium and two additional movements from 4-, 5-, or 6

B) Entire Pre-Classical Sonata:

  • Locatelli: D-major
  • Valentini: E-major (Piatti edition)


One entire chamber sonata from the following:

  • Schubert: Arpeggione
  • Beethoven: 5 sonata, or F-major (horn or cello) Variations
  • Brahms: D-major Op. 78., e-minor or F-major
  • Chopin, Rachmaninov, Dohnányi, Goldmark, Arensky
  • Fauré: 1. or 2. (e-minor, g-minor)
  • Martinu: 1., 2., 3.
  • Shostakovich: d-minor
  • C. Franck, Gárdonyi Z.
  • E. Grieg: a-minor
  • Mendelssohn: B-major or D-major
  • Hindemith: 1. or 2.
  • Debussy: 1915
  • Kodály: Op. 4.
  • Poulenc
  • Prokofiev: C-major
  • Honegger
  • Saint-Saëns: 1. or 2.
  • Schnittke
  • Stravinsky: Suite Italienne
  • Lalo, Huré, S. Barber, E. Carter, B. Britten: C-dúr

C) One entire concerto:

The jury will choose from sections A-, B-, or C to be performed for 30 minutes.


3-4. semester

Suggested repertoire and studies:

Technical studies from the Pais edition or from the edition of K. P. Sadlo – thumb exercises. Students may learn a couple of Paganini caprices, in the original key if possible, one octave lower than the original.

P. Baselaire: Études transcendents

A couple of etudes from the Bukinik concert etudes.

  • Schumann: Phantasie Stücke
  • Martinu: Variations on a theme by Paganini
  • Paganini: Mózes-fantasy
  • Paganini: Moto perpetuo
  • Novaček: Moto perpetuo
  • Klengel: d-minor Concert Etude
  • Kodály: Hungarian Rondo
  • Sarasate: Zigeuner-Weisen

Solo Pieces:

  • Dallapiccola: Dialoghi
  • Reger: Suite 1., 2., 3.
  • Ligeti, Ysaÿe
  • Britten: Op. 72
  • Abbiate: Preludes
  • Petrovics: Rhapsody
  • Balassa: Utolsó pásztor
  • Vajda: Just for you
  • Kocsár: Változatok
  • Lendvai: Kvintzene
  • V. Herbert: Solo suite
  • Kodály: Op. 8.
  • Pendereczky: Capriccio
  • Bozay: Formazioni


  • Bartók: Viola Concerto for Cello
  • W. Walton, Jolivet
  • Martinu: No. 1.
  • Shostakovich: 2.
  • Vladigerov: Concert rhapsody
  • Hindemith: Kammermusik Op. 36/2.
  • Ligeti: Concerto
  • Britten: Symphony-Concerto
  • Bloch: Schelomo
  • Lutoslawsky
  • Volkmann: a-minor


Professor in charge:

György Déri