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A lecturer and several students of the Liszt Academy receive Junior Prima Prize

1 December 2020

Once again, ten young talents received the Junior Prima Prize in Music, with several students and one lecturer of the Liszt Academy among the honorees. The jury was chaired by Dr. Andrea Vigh, president of the university, and among its members were our renowned professors.

For the 13th time, Hungary's outstanding young musicians received recognition in the category of Hungarian music of the Junior Prima Prize. The prize awarding ceremony sponsored by MVM Zrt. was held online this year due to the epidemic, so anyone could watch the event free of charge, and watch the winners perform at the gala at mvmjuniorprima.hu.

This year's honorees include Balázs D. Kecskés, lecturer at the Composition Department of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, as well as several of our students: Daniel Láposi percussionist, composer, Zsolt Máté Mészáros organ player, Éva Ostrosits violinist, Petra Várallyay violinist, jazz pianist, composer, and Mónika Ruth Vida pianist. Other winners include alumni of the Liszt Academy: Anna Csenge Fürjes opera singer, Mátyás Hotzi cellist and Dávid Sztranyák bass trombone player. Mihály Berecz pianist, who studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, also received the prize.

“We are proud that MVM Zrt. has now recognized 130 outstandingly talented young music artists over the past thirteen years. Many of them have become prominent members of the international music scene,” said György Kóbor, President and CEO of MVM Zrt.

Every year, the members of the jury are renowned artists and experts of Hungarian music. As in previous years, this year Dr. Andrea Vigh Liszt Prize, Prima Prize and Meritorious Artist Prize-winning harpist, president of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, chaired the jury. In her speech, she stressed that talent can bloom when it finds recognition. “Success is the result of incessant work, continuous development, and innovation based on traditional values. A great artist also needs to be humble. Even if one possesses knowledge and talent, artistic fulfillment is only possible with support – this has been the principle of the co-founder and the jury of the Junior Prima Prize for thirteen years. The development of young musical geniuses requires inspiration, represented by this prize, as it is one of the most important, highest-prestige awards in Hungarian music,” she added.

The members of the jury were Éva Marton Prima Primissima, Kossuth and Order of St. Stephen Prize-winning opera singer, Artist of the Nation, professor emerita of the Liszt Academy; Kálmán Dráfi Liszt Prize-winning pianist, professor at the Department of Keyboard and Harp at the Liszt Academy; Gyula Fekete Erkel Prize-winning composer, vice president of the Liszt Academy and head of the Composition Department; Balázs Fülei Liszt Prize and Junior Prima Prize-winning pianist, head of the Chamber Music Department at the Liszt Academy; Károly Binder Erkel Prize-winning pianist and head of the Jazz Department at the Liszt Academy; János Balázs Kossuth Prize, Liszt Prize, Prima and Junior Prima Prize-winning pianist, Meritorious Artist and lecturer at the Liszt Academy; Gábor Boldoczki Liszt Prize and Junior Prima Prize-winning trumpet player and professor at the Liszt Academy; Gergely Fazekas music historian and associate professor at the Liszt Academy, and László Jakobi cellist and Cziffra Lifetime Achievement Award-winning concert director.