Please allow me that, apart from my regrettable ignorance of the Hungarian language, I remain Magyar in my heart and soul from birth to the grave. As a consequence, I earnestly wish to further the progress of Hungarian music.

Liszt to Antal Augusz
Mihály Borbély

Mihály Borbély

Jazz Department

Clarinet, Combo, Jazz Saxophone as Main Subject

 
Born: 1956
 
Academic degree, university position: associate professor
 
Studies:
State Music School in Szentendre - clarinet, saxophone
Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music - clarinet
Franz Liszt Academy of Music - clarinet
Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music, Jazz Department – saxophone
 
Teaching experiences:
1979 -1987: Tihamér Vujicsics Music School in Szentendre
1986 -1990: Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music Jazz Department
Since 1990: Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Jazz Department, 1997-2000: Head of Department
1992 -1997: Music School in Pomáz, Head of the Jazz and Folk Music Department
 
Visiting lectureships, master courses:
1998: International Creative Music Pedagogy Institute, Tatabánya
2000: International Clarinet and Saxophone Camp, Eger
2000, 2002: Bartók Seminar in Szombathely
2000, 2004: Royal Academy of Music, London, GB
2002: Conservatoire de Lyon, F
2003: International Clarinet Camp, Esztergom
2003, 2004, 2008: Lamantin Improvisation Camp
2004: Birmingham Conservatory, GB
2004: DISTIL Scotland, GB
2005: DISTIL England, GB
2004-2007: periodic saxophone teacher training
2005: International Turkish Pipe Festival, Szerencs
2007: Hochschule für Music C.M von Weber, Dresden, D
2007: Morelia Conservatory, MEX
2007: University of Debrecen
2007: László Hermann Secondary School of Music, Székesfehérvár
 
Major concerts:
1981: Valencia (E)
1982: Vienna Folk Festival (A)
1983: Roskilde Festival (DK)
1985: Mittagong Festival (Australia)
1987: San Sebastian (E)
1988: Karlovy Vary Jazz Festival (CS)
1988: Pori Jazz Festival (SF)
1989: Brosella Folk Festival, Bruxelles (B)
1989: WOMAD Festival, London (GB)
1989: Edinburgh Festival (GB)
1992, 1998: Avignon Festival (F)
1992, 1999, 2002: Saint Chartier Folk Festival (F)
1993: Skagen Festival (DK)
1994, 1996, 2000: Nantes (F)
1995, 2007: Dublin (IRL)
1998: Bratislava Jazz Festival (SR)
1999: Zagreb Jazz Festival (HR)
2000: London Jazz Festival (GB)
2000: Paris, Festival d'Ile de France (F)
2002: Berlin Jazz Festival (D)
2004: Ronnie Scott‘s Jazz Club, London (GB)
2006: Eurojazz – Mexico City (MEX)
2007: Morelia Music Festival (MEX)
 
Also: concerts and tours around Europe, the USA and Australia, jazz and folk music festivals in Hungary etc.
 
Memberships:
In the past:
Folk, world:
Bokros Band
Nikola Parov
Sebő Ensemble
Márta Sebestyén
Hungarian World Music Orchestra
Michel Montanaro «Vents d'Est»
Jazz:
Budapest Big Band
Budapest Jazz Orchestra
Modern Art Orchestra
Dresch Mihály
István Grencsó
Imre Kőszegi
Mihály Ráduly
Béla Szakcsi Lakatos
Test Jazz Group
Trio Midnight
Paul Bley
Steve Coleman
Trilok Gurtu
Herbie Mann
Saxophone Summit (Michael Brecker-David Liebman-Joe Lovano)
Arnie Somogyi Improvokation
Jirí Stivín
Zbigniew Namyslowski
Rova Saxophone Quartet
Contemporary music:
Péter Eötvös – Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
UMZE Chamber Ensemble
180-as Csoport
Currently:
Borbély Workshop
Quartet B
Balkan Jazz Project
Binder-Borbély Duo
László Attila Quintet
Oláh Kálmán Sextet
Vujicsics Ensemble
 
Recordings:
1981: Vujicsics Délszláv népzene („Vujicsics South Slavic Folk Music") (Hungaroton)
1987: Hannibal Records, 1988: Vujicsics Szerb és horvát népzene („Vujicsics Serbian and Croatian Folk Music") (Hungaroton)
1997: Vujicsics Samo sviraj ("Just Play") (R-eDISC)
1998: Quartet B Jelek ("Quartet B Signs") (Fonó Records)
1999: Bokros zenekar Szent Gellért legendája ("Bokros Ensemble The Legend of Saint Gerard") (Periferic Records)
2001: Vujicsics Podravina (R-eDISC)
2001: Bokros Ensemble Bourdon Synthesis (Periferic Records)
2003: Quartet B Üveghegy ("Quartet B Glass Mountain") (Fonó Records)
2005: Mihály Borbély Quartet/Borbély Workshop Meselia Hill (BMC)
2006: Borbély-Dresch Te+Te ("You+You") (Fonó)
2000: Binder-Borbély Hangok ("Sounds") (BMM)
2005: Binder-Borbély 7 Duets – Hommage á Bartók (BMM)
2008: Zoltán Lantos Mirrorworld Tau (X-Produkció)
 
Activities as music composer:
jazz compositions, folk music adaptations
 
Awards, honours:
1986: Pro Urbe, Szentendre
1988: Karlovy Vary Jazz Festival - „Best Soloist"
1998: Anna Neufeld Memorial Award
2000: eMeRTON Award (also as a member of the Vujicsics Ensemble and the Hungarian World Music Orchestra)
2000: State Award "For Minorities" (Vujicsics Ensemble)
2002: Artisjus Award
2004: eMeRTon Award "Jazz Ensemble of the Year" for Borbély Workshop
2005: Mihály Borbély Quartet "Meselia Hill" - „Hungarian Record of the Year" (Gramofon)
2005: Knight of Cross from the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic
2005: Honorary Citizen of Pomáz
2012: Ferenc Liszt Award
2014: Kossuth Prize (as the member of the Vujicsics Band)
2018: Artisjus Prize
 
 
Contact: borbely [at] mihalyborbely.hu