The two Hungarians not only played music, they were themselves the music – in every nerve – down to their fingertips.

Adelheid von Schorn on Reményi and Liszt
Mária Kovalszki

Mária Kovalszki

School for Exceptional Young Talents, Strings Department

Piano Accompanist

 

Born: 1968, Marosvásárhely

Academic degree, university position: senior lecturer

Studies:

1978-1986: Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest – Special School for Exceptional Young Talents; piano studies with Valéria Szervánszky, Mrs. Miklós Máthé and Zsuzsa Esztó
1986: Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music, Budapest – high school diploma
1986-1992: Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest – piano studies with László Baranyay; chamber music studies with Sándor Devich,  János Devich, György Kurtág and Márta Gulyás

 

Master classes:

1986: György Sebők (Budapest), Dmitri Bashkirov (Budapest), András Schiff (Budapest),
1987: György Sebők (Ernen, Switzerland)
1988: György Sebők (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
1989: Péter Frankl (Budapest), Tamás Vásáry (Budapest)
1991: György Sebők (Banff, Canada)
 

Teaching activities:

Since 1990: répétiteur at the Strings Department of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, in the cello and violin classes of Csaba Onczay, Vilmos Szabadi, István Kertész, Ottó Kertész, Eszter Perényi, Miklós Perényi, Péter Komlós, Katalin Kokas and Barnabás Kelemen

 

Major concerts:         

Since 1991: concerts at the Hungarian Radio
1992: diploma concert with the Kodály String Quartet
1992-2001: concerts with violinist Attila Falvay
1995-1997: concert series in Japan, with Csaba Onczay
1997-1998: variations on chamber music – concert series with renowned artists including Vilmos Szabadi, Béla Kovács and the Bartók Quartet
1999-2014: performances at the Budapest Spring Festival with Tamás Varga, László Fenyő, Katalin Kokas, Ádám Banda and Xiao Wang
2000: chamber music recital at the Tokyo Hall in Tokyo
Since 2000: performances in the Sunday Chamber Music series of the Budapest Festival Orchestra with the members of the ensemble
2001: chamber recital in London with violinist Antal Szalai
Since 2002: concerts at the Fasor Reformed Church with Tamás Varga, Etelka Csavlek, Katalin Kokas, Dóra Kokas, Ádám Banda, Ditta Rohmann, Zsolt Fejérvári, Júlia Pusker, János Pálúr, Gergely Devich and the Akadémia String Quartet
2002: chamber music recital with Antal Szalai in Moscow
2003: Bartók’s complete folk song arrangements – concerts with Laura Faragó
2003-2004: concerts in the jazz history series of the Benkó Dixieland Band with Vilmos Szabadi
2004: Beethoven’s complete sonatas for cello and piano – chamber music concert series with cellist László Fenyő
2006: chamber music recital with cellist László Mező Jr. in Rome
2009-2012: concerts at the Dvorak, Beethoven, Schubert and Mozart Marathon (Budapest Festival Orchestra) with László Fenyő, Gabriella Fodor, Zoltán Megyesi and Vilmos Szabadi, among others
2011: chamber music recital with László Fenyő at the Bartók memorial House
2013: performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major at the Liszt Academy with the Zugló Philharmonics and Kálmán Záborszky
2013: concert at the Palace of Arts with János Pálúr and Nuria Rial  
2014: chamber music concert at the Palace of Arts with László Fenyő
2015: chamber music concert with Gergely Devich at the Solti Hall of the Liszt Academy

Piano accompaniment at master classes:
1991: Bergamo (Christiano Rossi, violin)
1992-1996: Keszthely (Csaba Onczay, cello)
1996: Hvar, Croatia (Csaba Onczay, cello)
1993-1996: Sion, Switzerland, Summer Academy (Tibor Varga – violin, Thomas Friedli – clarinet, Csaba Onczay – cello, Duncan McTier – contrabass)
1995, 1997: Gifu, Japan (Csaba Onczay, cello)
1995, 1996: Semmering, Austria, Summer Academy (Csaba Onczay – cello, András Kiss – violin)
2009-2014: Master Class for Strings in Kaposvár (Katalin Kokas, Barnabás Kelemen, Oleg Kogan, Jonathan Cohen)
2013: Gengenbach (László Fenyő)
2014: Miszla (Katalin Kokas, Barnabás Kelemen, László Fenyő)

Piano accompaniment at competitions:
1990: Duino, Italy
1993, 1997: Markneukirchen, Germany
2002: Budapest, József Szigeti International Violin Competition
2004, 2007: Poznan, Poland, Telemann International Violin Competition
2007: Budapest, Szigeti-Hubay International Violin Competition
2012: Budapest, József Szigeti International Violin and Viola Competition

2013: Mosonmagyaróvár, Károly Flesch International Violin Competition
2014: Budapest, Pablo Casals International Cello Competition

Recordings:
1997: Naxos, Amadis – Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major,  catalogue No.: 7232 (with Attila Falvay)
1997: Naxos, Amadis – Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major (Spring Sonata), catalogue No.: 7231 (with Attila Falvay)
1997: Naxos, Amadis – Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano in G major and A major catalogue No.: 7242 (with Attila Falvay)
1997: Naxos, Amadis – Mozart Sonata for Violin and Piano in C major, catalogue No.: 7226 (with Attila Falvay)
2004: Plein-Jeux, 599 9882 391 – concerts at the Fasor Reformed Church of Városliget (contribution)
2010: Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music – The Spirit of the Hungarian Violin, with Ádám Banda
2015: Hungaroton – Adagio and Allegro, catalogue No.: HCD 32756, with Gergely Devich

Awards and honors:
1989: 1st prize at the Leó Weiner Chamber Music Competition at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music