I am not exaggerating when I say that, whatever I achieved as a musician, I owe more to Leó Weiner than to anyone else. ... To me, he remains an outstanding example of what a musician should be.

Sir Georg Solti
Balázs Fülei Photo: Liszt Academy / Andrea Felvégi

Balázs Fülei

Chamber Music Department, School for Exceptional Young Talents

Chamber Music

Academic degree, university position: DLA Habil., associate professor, Head of the Chamber Music Department
Born: 1984, Kecskemét (Hungary)
1993-1999: M. Bodon Pál School of Music, Kecskemét, piano, professor: Judit Katonáné Szabó
1999-2003: Béla Bartók Conservatory, Budapest, piano major, professors: Gábor Eckhardt, Balázs Réti
2003-2008: Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, major: Performance Piano and Teacher, professors: György Nádor, Balázs Réti
2008-2011: Liszt Academy of Music, Doctoral School (DLA), consultant professors: Péter Nagy, Zoltán Kocsis, 2013: Doctor of Liberal Arts degree, summa cum laude
2009-2010: Tel Aviv University, The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, postgraduate piano major with Prof. Emanuel Krasovsky
2018: Habilitation
Masterclasses and private lessons with Zoltán Kocsis, Ferenc Rados, György Kurtág, Imre Rohmann, prof. Amadeus Webersinke, Willem Brons, Jan Wijn, Florent Boffard, Jeremy Menuhin, Norma Fischer, Boris Berman, Arie Vardi, Detlef Kraus.
W. A. Mozart: Concerto for two pianos and orchestra in E flat major, KV 365 (with György Mészáros - piano) CD FB 0017
D. Scarlatti: Sonata in B flat major, K 545, ABC Classics, 4766929
Janácek: Pohádka, Stravinsky: Suite italienne (with István Várdai - violoncello) - Nascor NS06
Bartók&Grieg: Works for piano solo, BMM 006
Enchanted by the Moon - Works by Brahms, Virágh, Debussy, Hungaroton HCD 32768
Triography: Piano Trios by Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Auer Trio (BMM2019CL1, 2019)
Before the Last – Piano Sonatas by Beethoven & Schubert (BMM2020CL1, 2020)
Christmas with Franz Liszt – Recorded live in the Grand Hall Liszt Academy, Budapest (BMM2020CL2, 2020)

Teaching experiences:
Lecturer at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest from 2012
January, 2012: Masterclass at the TCU, Fort Worth, Texas
August, 2012: Masterclass at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest
August, 2013, Masterclass at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest
June 2015, Masterclass in Delhi, Mumbai
December 2015, Masterclass at the Xi'An Conservatory
March, 2016: Masterclass at Tel Aviv University, The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music
July, 2016: Masterclass at Echo Summer Academy (Károlyi kastély, Fehérvárcsurgó)
October, 2016: Masterclass at University of Szeged
February, 2017: Masterclass at Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance
March, 2017: Masterclass in Delhi and Calcutta
April, 2017: Masterclass in Orihuela, Spain (12. Forum de Musica)
July, 2017: Masterclass at Echo Summer Academy (Károlyi kastély, Fehérvárcsurgó)
August, 2017: Masterclass – works by Bartók, at Crescendo Summer Institute
January, 2018: Masterclass in the the Music Academy, Kiev
February, 2018: Masterclass in the Jaseps Vitols Music Academy, Riga
April, 2018: Masterclass in Orihuela, Spain (13. Forum de Musica)
July, 2018: Masterclass at Echo Summer Academy (Károlyi Kastély, Fehérvárcsurgó)
February, 2019: Masterclass in Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castellón, Spain
April, 2019: Masterclass in Orihuela, Spain (14. Forum de Musica)
May, 2019: Masterclass in the Estonian Music Academy, Tallinn
August, 2019: Masterclass at Echo Summer Academy (Károlyi Kastély, Fehérvárcsurgó)

Major concerts (recitals, chamber music and concerto performances):
2005: Miami Piano Festival, Graz, Florentinersaal
2006: Ferruccio Busoni Festival, Encuentro de Musica, Santander, Concert Hall, Hachioji, Tokyo, Seymour Centre, Sydney
2007: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Diligentia, Den Haag, Shanghai Conservatory
2008: Shenzhen (Kína), Carnegie Hall, New York,
2009: Festival Radio France, Montpellier
2010: Schwetzinger Festspiele, Wiener Konzerthaus, Bellerive Festival, Geneva, Budapest Spring Festival
2011: Italian Cultural Institute, Budapest (Brahms: Concerto no. 2, conductor: Stephen d'Agostino), Stefaniensaal, Graz (Liszt: Concerto no. 2, conductor: Tibor Bogányi), Kodály Centre, Pécs (Liszt: Concerto no. 2, conductor: Christian Schumann), Palazzo Vecchio, Firenze, Zemplén Festival, Teatro Massimo, Cagliari, Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Teatro Ciabrera, Savon
2012: TCU Pepsico Recital Hall, Forth Worth, Bellerive Festival, Geneva, Sophia Babha Auditorium, Mumbai
2013: Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Palace of Arts, conducted by Zoltán Kocsis
2014: Steinway Hall, New York, NCPA Mumbai
2015: Bartók 2nd Piano Concerto, Liszt Academy, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gergely Vajda
2015: Solo recital at the Liszt Academy
2015: Mozart: Piano Concerto in A major, KV 488, Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Palace of Arts, conducted by: Thomas Sanderling
2015: Concert tour in India with the Symphony Orchestra of India, conducted by: Piotr Borkowski
2015: Bartók Concert with the Muzsikás Folk Ensemble in Brussels
2016: Ravel Piano Concerto for the left hand, Great Hall of the Liszt Academy, Concerto Budapest, conductor: Zoltán Rácz
2016: Solo recitals in India (Mumbai, Delhi, Pune), and China (Beijing, Xi’An)

2016: Bartók Memorial House
2016: Recital in the Hungarian Radio Schubert, Scriabin, Janácek Festival de Bellerive, Geneva
2016: Grieg: Piano Concerto in a minor, Kodály Centre, Pécs, conducted by András Vass
2016: R. Strauss: Burlesque with Kecskemét Symphony Orchestra, conducted by László Gerhát, Spring Festival
2016: Dohnányi: Piano Concerto no. 1 with Budafoki Dohnányi Orchestra, conducted by Gábor Hollerung, Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy
2016: Bartók: 2nd Piano Concerto with Szolnok Symphony Orchestra, conducted by: Izaki Masahiro
2016: Bartók: 2nd Piano Concerto with Savaria Symphony Orchestra, conducted by: Gergely Madaras
2016: Bach: Piano Concerto in E major, BWV 1053 with Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra
2016: Recital in Taranto, Moscow, Rome, Prague, Riga, Hanoi, Ho Shi Minh-City
2016: Trio Concert with Péter Kováts, István Varga at Auer Festival, Veszprém
2016: Zemplén Festival: Schubert concert with Zoltán Megyesi
2016: Schubert: Winterreise with Zoltán Megyesi at the Hungarian Radio
2016: Allegro Barbaro – concert with Muzsikás Folk Ensemble in Smetana Hall, Prague, Cadogan Hall, London, Palace of Arts, Budapest
2017: Beethoven: Piano Concerto in E flat major, Op. 73 with Duna Symphony Orchestra, conducted by: Ádám Medveczky
2017: Solo recital at the Liszt Academy’s Solti Hall
2017: Solo recital at Bartók Memorial House
2017: Szólóest a FUGA-ban Schubert és Janácek műveivel
2017: REcitals in Brussels, Orihuela, Nizhny Novgorod
2017: Tour in India – recitals in Delhi, Bangalore, Calcutta
2017: Allegro Barbaro – tour with 15 concerts in Hungary, and in Israel Muzsikás Folk Ensemble
2017: Budapest Spring Festival – chamber music concert
2017: Concert with the Kodály Quartet in the Budapest Music Center
2017: Viva Bartók! Premiere and several performances at Radnóti Theater (with András Bálint - actor, directed by: Judit Galgóczy)
2017: Kodály Memorial Concert, Esterházy Castle, Fertőd
2017: Recording of „MUSICA” TV program series for Bonum TV
2018: Concert with Győr Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor: Daniel Raiskin
2018: Concert with Camerata Bern at Liszt Academy
2018: Recital at the National Philharmonic of Ukrainie, Kiev
2018: Recital at Estonian Philharmonic, Tallinn
2018: Recital at Atheneum Roman, Bucharest
2018: Opening concert of Budapest Summer Festival, conductor: Zsolt Hamar, Dohnányi: Piano Concerto no. 1  Op. 5
2018: Concert with the Auer Trio, Auer Festival, Veszprém
2018: Concert with Musica Viva Orchestra, International Performing Arts Center, Moscow, Dohnányi: Piano Concerto no. 1, Op. 5, conductor: Alexander Rudin
2018: Concert at Theatre Mohamed 5, Rabat, Maroc
2019: Schubert Recital, Budapest, Pesti Vigadó
2019: Recital at Estonian Academy of Music, Tallinn
2019: Concert with the Auer Trio, Auer Festival, Veszprém
2019: Concert at the Zemplén Festival
2019: Koncert at Philharmonic Targu Mures
2019: Liszt-recital at Liszt Academy, Budapest
2020: Concert with Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, Liszt Academy, conductor: Tamás Vásáry
2020: Recital at Conservatorio Monteverdi, Bolzano
2020: Concert at State Philharmonic Oradea, Beethoven, Piano Concerto no. 2, Op. 19, conductor: Andrea Barizza

Prizes, awards:
2003: X. Conservatories' 10. National Piano Competition: 1st prize
2003: 10th Andor Földes Piano Competition: 1st prize
2005: 43rd International Piano Competition "Arcangelo Speranza", Taranto: 1st prize
2006: Selected by The International Holland Music Sessions to the "New Masters on Tour"
2007: 13th International Tchaikovsky Competition: Special prize
2007: 25th International "Ettore Pozzoli" Piano Competition, Milan: 3rd prize
2010: Ennio Porrino International Piano Competition, Cagliari: 3rd prize
2010: Junior Prima Award
2011: Artisjus Award
2012: Solti Foundation Grant
2014: Diamond Carreer Grant, Salon de Virtuosi Charlotte White, New York
2015: Grand Prix Maria Callas, special prize
2017: Liszt Prize – the highest recognition in the field of music by the Hungarian State
2018: Artisjus Prize
2019: Prize of Weiner Foundation
2020: Steinway Artist

Contact: fulei.balazs[at]academy.liszt.hu