Mastercourses with famous artist-teachers

Mastercourses, 2024

Besides individual mastercourses, orchestral and chamber music workshops contribute to the participiants’ artistic development. The location of the Academy is the campus of Debrecen University, which is situated in Nagyerdő (Great Forest), a touristic sight of Debrecen. At the end of the Academy we will provide certificates of the courses completed and credits obtained.

Over and above the instrumental and vocal mastercourses the Summer Academy announces two additional mastercourses: Musicality of Movement by Virág Dezső and Practice Methodology – the ultimate attention training for performers by László Stachó. To participate in one or both additional mastercourses registration is needed on the application form. The additional courses have extra costs (Fees).

Limit of participiants

Mastercourses are for a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 students. Applications of more than 10 students can only be accepted with the agreement of the professor.


Age limit: 16 and above.
We look forward to applications of high school students, university and college students and young music teachers.
Deadline for entries: 31th May, 2024.


Korcsolán Orsolya (Austria)

VIOLIN | 8-21st July

Mastercourses, 2024

The mastercourse is full, waiting list is available for active applications.


With her recordings praised as “heartbreakingly beautiful” (Scene Magazine), “a sweeping experience” (Pizzicato), “full of emotions” (Crescendo Magazine), Hungarian-born violinist Orsolya Korcsolan concertmaster of the Anna Rothschild Ensemble Wien has established herself as one of the most versatile violin players and teachers of her generation. Her technical command and warm, compelling sound, combined with her spirit and elegant stage presence have captured audiences around the world since her debut in New York. Her latest release 'Silenced' is available Worldwide on Deutsche Grammophon.

She also recorded the Concerto for Violin Horn and Shofar by Grammy Nominee composer Miguel Kertsman with conductor Dennis Russell Davis and the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Naxos America. Highlights of her upcoming season include Kurt Weill’s Concerto for Violin at the Wiener Musikverein. As a chamber musician, Ms Korcsolan has performed with artists such as Grammy nominee clarinet player David Krakauer, and with mandolin player Avi Avital – a Grammy nominee, Echo Award winner, and Deutsche Grammophon artist. She has shared the stage with distinguished conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach, Valeri Gergiew and Michael Tilson Thomas.

As a soloist, she gave the Hungarian premiere of Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Concerto Funebre at the Budapest Music Center and Adam Kondor’s 2nd Concerto for Violin at ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Company. She has served as an ambassador for the Jewish Summer Festival in Budapest, as the artistic advisor and artist-in-residence for the Vienna Jewish Cultural Festival, Artist in Residence for the Jewish Cultural Festival Budapest and took part in the "Missing Links" concert series at the Holocaust Memorial Centre and regular guest artist at the Exil Arte Zentrum Vienna.

Committed to education and sharing her passion for music, Ms Korcsolan holds regular international masterclasses. She is also the founder and director of the Musikschule in Wien im Palais Palffy where she works with the next generation of exceptional young violinists in Vienna. Ms Korcsolan graduated with distinction at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, in the class of Eszter Perenyi and Geza Kapas. She continued her studies at The Juilliard School in New York with Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman where she received her second Master of Music DEGREE. While in New York, she won both the Dorothy DeLay and the Cornelius Vander Starr Awards.

Oláh Vilmos

VIOLIN | 8-12st July

Mastercourses, 2024

The mastercourse is full, waiting list is available for active applications.


Vilmos Oláh, Hungarian classical violinist.

Oláh has performed as a soloist on five continents. In addition to his appearances at numerous festivals and in many of the world's music capitals, he has also served as an ambassador of Hungarian culture in countries less frequently visited by classical musicians, such as Cuba, Vietnam, Qatar, Thailand, Lebanon, China and Taiwan.

In 2005, he joined the Liszt Award-winning Auer String Quartet, with whom he recorded all ten of László Lajtha's quartets as well as the composer's chamber music for piano and strings.

Since 2010-2023 he has led both the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Siam Philharmonic Orchestra as first concertmaster.

Professors and mentors: Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Ruggiero Ricci, Dénes Zsigmondy, Loránd Fenyves, Tibor Varga, László Dénes, Tamás Vásáry, Péter Eötvös, José Cura, Yuri Simonov, Riccardo Frizza, János Kovács, Ádám Fischer, Dénes Kovács


János Koncz Violin Competition, 1986, first prize

János Koncz Violin Competition, 1989, first prize

Mozarteum Summer Academy, Salzburg, 1991, first prize

János Koncz Violin Competition, 1992, first prize
Pacem in Terris International Music Competition, Bayreuth, 1992, first prize

Grand Luc Adolph Violin Competition, Luxembourg, 1995, first prize
Leó Weiner Chamber Music Competition, Budapest, 2000, first prize (string trio category)
Leó Weiner Chamber Music Competition, Budapest, 2000, first prize (sonata category)

Educational activity

1999-2001 Mahidol University, violin professor

2002-2004 Dénes International Music Academy, artistic director

2007- masterclasses as a guest professor: Liszt Academy of Budapest, University of Szeged, Pécs  Music Department, Bartók Conservatory of Budapest, Conservatory of Békéscsaba, Debrecen , University of Saigon, Hanoi, Seoul,  Beijing Central Conservatory, Shanghai, Tokyo, Bangkok, Taipei, Kolkata, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Havanna, Buenos Aires.

2019 honorary member of JASTA (Japan String Teachers Association), ADMA (Association de Musique Asie), TMEA (Thailand Music Educators Association).

2021 Estabilished as a curator the “Master violin for the Ring Foundation ” with Maestro, Adam Fischer, Maestro Tamas Vasary, Maestro  Jose Cura  to support young talented musicians.

2021 Became the Honorary Advisor of JASTA Okinawa Branch

Awards and Recognitions

Lajtha Award, 2010

Dohnányi Award, 2013

Ferenc Liszt Award, 2018

EMMY Award, 2018

Knight of Malta, 2020

Thomastik-Infeld Artist 2022


The Violin Alone (an American biographical film developed through the PBS television network, 2017)

Mr Olah is playing on a fine Italian violin (Ex-Ligeti)

provided by the Government of Hungary.

Zs. Szabó Mária

VIOLIN | 12-16th July

Mastercourses, 2024

Graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music as a student of Dénes Kovács. She studied at the direction of renowned professors. She participated in masterclasses of Sandor Vegh and the LaSalle Quartet German chamber music course. She was the director of different ensembles such as the Budapest Strings and Danubius Quartet. Since 1985 she is a professor of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music and since 1998 professor of the University of Debrecen Faculty of Music as well. She has performed almost in all the countries of Europe as a soloist and as chamber musician, too.

Ludmány Dénes

VIOLA | 8-12th July

Mastercourses, 2024

Studied at the Franz Liszt Musicacademy with Sándor Nagy in Budapest and graduated at the Mozarteum, Salzburg with Thomas Riebl and Veronika Hagen. Dénes Ludmány had a scholarship from the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and played regularly with the Camerata Salzburg with such names as Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Roger Norrington, Leonidas Kavakos or Emmanuel Ax. He joined the Spanish Cuarteto Quiroga in 2007 for four years. After returning to Hungary, 2012 Ludmány became principal violist of the Budapest Opera House, then member of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Hungary. Since 2018 he is violist of the Szigeti Quartet to practice the highest and most complex form of chamber music performing home and abroad. His musical way was highly influenced by Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartett), Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartett), András Keller and Gábor Takács-Nagy. He is viola professor of the Debrecen University and chamber music teacher of the Franz Liszt Musicacademy in Budapest.

Kántor Balázs

CELLO | 12-16th July

Mastercourses, 2024

He studied at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music as a pupil of László Mező /member of the well known Bartók String Quartet/. Third year of his studies, in 1996, he won the Popper Violoncello Competition and with this first prize he won his diploma at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, too. He spent one semester for postgradual education with Gustav Rivinius in 2001, in Saarbrücken. While his academical studies he won the position of principal cellist and started to work at the Hungarian State Opera. Since 2009 he is solocellist of the Hungarian State Opera. As a soloist he played with the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Miskolc, Hungarian Symphony Orchestra  Szolnok and the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. He made 14 recordings as a solist and chamber musician. He is a member of several contemporary music groups and orchestras. In addition to classical and modern music, several other styles have also influenced his musical idiom, like hungarian folk music and jazz. He often played together with the Dániel
Szabó Quintet. In 2011 he went  with them to a tour to USA. They had an important concert in the New York Jazz Gallery.  He has had the opportunity to collaborate with Chris Potter. He is a versatile musician who has always given his highest level interpretation for the quality of the concerts.

Seres Dóra

FLUTE | 8-12th July

Mastercourses, 2024

The mastercourse is full, waiting list is available for active applications.


Born in Hungary, Dora Seres studied at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest with Professor Lorant Kovacs and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich with Professor Andras Adorjan. She made her PhD studies at the Franz Liszt Music Academy 2002-2005. She participated in several master classes with Emmanuel Pahud, Auréle Nicolet, William Bennett and Paula Robison.

Dora won several prizes at international flute competitions, such as first prize and special prizes at the “Prague Spring” International Flute Competition ( 2001 ), second prize at the International Flute Competition in Kobe, Japan ( 2001 ), second prize at the International Flute Competition in Markneukirchen, Germany ( 2002 ) and second prize in the “Schubert and Modern” Chamber Music Competition in the category of flute-piano with Emese Mali in Graz, Austria. (2003 ) No first prize was given. In 2003 September Dora won 1st prize in the International Flute Competition in Budapest as well.

Due to these prizes she received an invitation to play at the Prague Spring Festival in Dvorák Hall of Rudolfinum in 2002, where she performed C.Ph.E.Bach Flute Concerto in D-minor and Ilja Hurnik`s Concerto with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. This concert was broadcasted by the BBC London. In 2003 Dora went on her first Japan tour with the Tokyo Ensemble Orchestra in Tokyo (Bunka Kaikan Hall), Yamanami International Music Festival, Obuse International Music Festival and to Saitama. She played several concerts in the years to follow including an appearance in London Kensington Palace, the Hungarian Culture Centres in London, Bucharest, Rome, Paris, Helsinki, Stuttgart, also in the BBC London, and “Gesellschaft für Musik und Theater” in Vienna, in Mauritius and Budapest as well. She performed C.Ph.E.Bach Flute Concerto in D-minor with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in Vienna Konzerthaus.

In Hungary Dora became even more popular in 2003 when winning the Budapest International Flute Competition and also a special prize for the best performance of Szervánszky`s flute concerto.

In 2003 she won the audition of the Young Concert Artists Management Company in Leipzig then the final audition in New York and that led to a 3-year contract with the company. She had the debut concerts in Carnegie Hall, New York and in Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. in 2006 where she received unique reviews from the Washington Post and New York Sun. The Lincoln Center debut with St. Luke Orchestra in New York in April 2007 got much appreciation in the New York Times. 

Dora toured with pianist Steven Beck in the States and played solo recitals in many prestigious concert halls.

The International Marlboro Music Festival invited her to take part in their unique event in July-August 2005 in Marlboro, Vermont, USA.

Dora was appointed “The best Hungarian Musician of the Year” in 2005 by the Gramofon Music Magazine and she received the “Hungarian Classical Music Award”. In 2008 she won the Junior Prima Prize in Hungary.

She appeared as a soloist many times with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra conducted by Adam Fischer and in March 2010 she performed Nielsen Flute Concerto with the orchestra and Adam Fischer during the Budapest Spring Festival in the Palace of Arts.

As a chamber musician Dora Seres is a member of Carion woodwind Quintett. Since the success in the Danish Radio Music Competition in 2004, Carion has launched an international music career. The highlights include Rheingau Festival, Kissingen Sommer Festival, Usedomer Festival, Münster H1 Master Series, Dubai Master Series, Al Bustan Festival, Helsinki Festival, Roskilde Festival, Luisiana Concert Series, regular tours for Swedish organisations like Musik I Väst, Musik I Syd, Musik I Halland, Musik a Gävleborg and others. One of their biggest  success was in March 2018 when they performed in Zürich in Tonhalle Maag Concert Hall. The BBC Proms in London also invited them to play in Royal Albert Hall in August 2022.

Carion has won prizes at several chamber music competitions, amount them the Danish National Radio Chamber Music Competition in 2004. They placed first at the Marco Fiorino International Chamber Music Competition in Turin, Italy in 2006. In May of 2011 Carion won Bronze medal in Osaka International Chamber Music Festa. 

They have been selected – as one of the 10 best chamber music groups in the world to perform at the 1st “Classical Next” International Festival in Munich. Their showcase was so successful that they played twice in the “Bayerischer Rundfunk” as well. 

The group has a special way of performing music, they play everything by heart with own choreography on stage. Their first CD was released by Dacapo in April 2013 where you can hear pieces from Herman D. Koppel, Anders Koppel and Benjamin Koppel.  Their “Schauspiel” CD released by “Ars production” was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards in 2015. They recorded pieces by Beethoven, Carrapatoso, Ligeti, Montague, Rosetti, Ibert, and DiCapua`s  “O sole mio.” In September 2015 a new CD came out by Odradek Records. The title was “Nielsen`s footsteps” and they recorded Carl Nielsen`s Quintett and pieces by Senstius, Emborg and Schultz. In 2016 Carion made another recording with Odradek records: The “Mephisto” Album with Liszt: Grand Etudes de Paganini, No.24, Mozart : Serenade No. 12 in c-minor ( Nachtmusik K.388 ), Shostakovich Suite, Bartok: Romanian Dances and Liszt: Mephisto Waltz. No.1. In 2017 Carion follows the tradition to record at least 1 CD each year when their second latest CD came out, the “Northwind” with music by Vasks, Plakidis and Zemzaris. In 2018 they recorded their last CD where they performed pieces from Hindemith Mozart, Pärt, Stravinsky, Zemlinsky and Arian. The CD was recorded by Odradek and the title was “Dreams of Freedom”.

Apart from solo and chamber music appearances Dora is also an active orchestra musician. She was the principal flutist of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra in Copenhagen 2006-2015. From 2015 the orchestra`s name has changed to Danish Chamber Orchestra where she continues playing solo flute. She also had the same position in the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra 2002-2006.  Dora had a contract with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra as solo flutist August  – December in 2020., than another contract as co-principal flutist in Malmö Opera from January to June in 2021. She played as guest principal flute in many prestigious orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Köln, and Hessischer Rundfunk in Frankfurt, Germany. She performed in Zurich Philharmonia this season playing principal flute in “La Traviata.”

Dora Seres had her first solo CD release by Hungaroton in 2004. The title “Flautissimo” describes the wide palette of music presented: she plays sonatas by Mouquet, Liebermann, Feld, a virtuoso divertimento by Francaix, a rhapsody by Jean-Michel Damase, and the lyrical Aria by Dohnanyi. Her chamber music partner was Emese Mali.

The second CD was released in December 2012 in a partnership with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra and Hungaroton with Dora`s own arrangements of Paganini`s 24 Caprices for violin. The CD got great reviews in Germany in “Der Spiegel”, Clarino and  “Deutschland Kultur Radio”.

Dora Seres began to teach at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen in August 2021. She has currently five flute students in her class.

Szatmári Zsolt

CLARINET | 12-16th July

Mastercourses, 2024
Graduated as a student of Béla Kovács from Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 1991. He won a scholarship to the orchestra of the Hungarian National Opera as 1st clarinet player. 1992-2000 principal clarinet at the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Since 1993 he has been professor at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest. Since 2000 he has been principal clarinet and soloist of the National Philharmonic Orchestra. He has won several international and national competitions. Award:„Artist of the Year” 2002.

Duffek Mihály jr.

BASSOON | 12-16th July

Mastercourses, 2024

Graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, then he studied at the Vienna Universität für Musik und Künste Darstellende. Prized at several national and international competitions. Awarded the Hara László jr. Prize, he was one of the winners of the Végh Sándor Competition organized by Budapest Festival Orchestra in 2009. He regurarly plays with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and founding member of the Corridor bassoon quartet. He gave concerts both soloist and as a chamber musician. He is the professor of University of Debrecen Faculty of Music since 2009.

Puskás Levente

SAXOPHONE | 17-21st July

Mastercourses, 2024

Clarinet and saxophone artist, graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 1998. He followed his studies at the Paris Conservatoire, and at the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Dance de Montreuil. Winner of international competitions, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Saxophone professor of the University of Debrecen Faculty of Music, and the Egressy Music Secondary School, Budapest. Alto saxophonist of the Budapest Saxophone Quartet. He obtained doctoral degree at the Academy of Arts, Banska Bystrica in 2014. For his teaching activities got Artisjus Teacher Award in 2008 and 2010.

Kiss József (Germany)

OBOA | 12-16th July

Mastercourses, 2024

KISS JÓZSEF oboaművész a Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Főiskolán végzett Pongrácz Péter növendékeként, 1986-ban, s immár több mint két évtizede az intézmény tanára. "Bronz Medaille"-t nyert az 1984-es Touloni Nemzetközi Oboaversenyen, Nagydíjat a Magyar Rádió Országos Fafúvósversenyén. Csaknem tíz évig volt a Magyar Rádió Szimfonikus Zenekarának első oboistája, 1992-től 2009-ig pedig a Nemzeti Filharmonikusoknál töltötte be ugyanezt a posztot. 1998-ban és 2001-ben a Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekarban az „Év Művésze".

1997 óta a tokiói Musashino Akademia Musicae vendégprofesszora. Tagja volt a Budapesti Fúvósegyüttesnek és az Új Budapesti Fúvósötösnek. 2005-ben Liszt-díjjal tüntették ki. 2010-ig a Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyetemen docense, jelenleg a Hochschule für Musik Detmold professzora. Több szóló és kamarazenei felvételt készített a Naxos és a Hungaroton számára. Rendszeresen fellép a Camerata Salzburggal.

Káip Róbert

TROMBONE | 8-12th July

Mastercourses, 2024

A Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyetemen végezte felsőfokú zenei tanulmányait, ahol 2000-ben szerzett okleveles harsonaművész-, tanár diplomát. Zenekari művészként a Magyar Rádió Szimfonikus Zenekarának tagja 1. harsonásként 1997. óta. Emellett 2008. szeptemberétől a Debreceni Egyetem Zeneművészeti Karának oktatója, főiskolai adjunktusként. 1998- 2003-ig az Ewald rézfúvós kvintett tagja, mely együttessel több nemzetközi verseny díjazottja. 1998: Narbonne, Franciaország, 1999: Moers, München, Passau, 2000: Bréma, Jeju- Dél Korea, 2001: Athens, Egyesült Államok, Passau, München.

Díjai: Liszt Ferenc-díj 2002. Artisjus-díj 2000, 2008. Magyar Rádió Nívódíj 2003.

2005-től a Corpus Harsonakvartett tagja. Zenekari és kamarazenészként lemezfelvételeken, több száz rádiófelvételen vett részt. 1999-ben a Balog-Zilcz Harsonaalapítvány által rendezett harsona-versenyen I. díjat nyert. Később, 2004-ben ugyanezen a versenyen zsűritagnak kérték fel. Az angol Michael Rath harsonaépítő mester által támogatott, mesterhangszereinek magyarországi megismertetésére felkért harsonaművész. Kurzusokat tart, koncerteken lép fel Angliában a Rath manufaktúra felkérésére.

A Bartók Rádió Arckép című műsorában 2021. június 4-én vele készített interjú meghallgatható itt.

Horváth Bence

TRUMPET | 11-15th July

Mastercourses, 2024
Graduated from Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. He followed postgraduate studies at Prof. Reinhold Friedrich in Karlsruhe (Germany) for two years. He has got several prizes both at national and international competitions. Since 1999 he has been solo trumpeter of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has been awarded the Fischer Annie Performers’ Prize. He was winner of Sándor Végh Competition of the Festival Orchestra in 2009. He has been professor of the University of Debrecen Faculty of Music since 2008.

Wim Van Hasselt - Belgium

TROMPET | 11-15th July

Mastercourses, 2024

Wim Van Hasselt is a Belgian musician based in Switzerland. He has been invited to perform as a soloist with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Sophia Philharmonic, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, among others, appearing at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Beethovenhalle Bonn, the Konzerthaus Berlin, and the Tokyo Opera City Hall.
For many years, he was a member of the trumpet section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. He previously held the same position with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and had orchestral internships at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the State Opera Stuttgart. As a guest, he performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
Wim is an award-winning artist and is described as “an exceptionally fine player with all the equipment in his armoury to delight, surprise and challenge the listener at every turn.” (Gramophone) He was recently awarded the prestigious “Edison Classic Award 2021” for “Imaginary Mirror” (Channel Classic Records), the debut album of his duo ART'uur. His recordings are characterized by versatility, and inquisitiveness and are notable for connecting tradition and modernity, including commissions of new compositions by Wim Henderickx, Florian Magnus Maier, Daniel Wohl, Anthony Plog, Jacob TV, Nicole Lizée, and Markus Stockhausen, among others.
As a professor of trumpet at the University of Music Freiburg, the Norwegian Academy of Music Oslo, and a coach at the European Union Youth Orchestra, he enthusiastically transmits his passion for music to the next generation.

Wim Van Hasselt is a Yamaha Artist.

Hermine Sterringa Artist and Project Management

Kovalcsik András

FRENCH HORN | 8-12th July

Mastercourses, 2024

He graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, then from the University of Debrecen. He obtained his doctoral degree at the Academy of Arts, Banska Bystrica in 2014. He is a founding member of the Danubia Symphony Orchestra and the Ewald Brass Quintet. From 1998 to 2017 he was a member of the symphony orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera, from 1998 he is a member of the Intermodulation Chamber Ensemble and from 2005 of the UMZE Ensemble. In September 2018, he founded the Debrecen Horn Ensemble with his students. Since 2003, he has regularly held courses both in Hungary and abroad, and has been a jury member and chairman of national brass music meetings and competitions.

He has won several prizes as a member of the Ewald Brass Quintet. 1st Prize and Special Prize in Narbonne, 1998; 3rd Prize in Moers, 1999; 3rd and 2nd Prize in Munich, 1999/2001; 2nd Prize in Passau, 2000; 1st Prize in Bremen; 1st Prize and Special Prize in Jeju, South Korea, 2001; 2nd Prize in Athens, USA, 2001; 1st Prize in Munich, 2000, 2003, 2005; Artisjus Prize, 2002; Liszt Ferenc Prize, 2005; Gramophone Prize, 2008; Prima Junior Prize, 2008.

Records, recordings (selection): 1999 - Westdeutsche Rundfunk, 2001 - "Chamber Music" (Grammy Records), 2003 - Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk, - Bayerische Rundfunk, - "Popular Music" (Allegro Thaler), 2005. - Bellon Brass Quintets (Hungaroton), 2006 - Ramsöe Quartets (Hungaroton), 2007 - Pezel & Reiche: Tower Sonatas (Hungaroton), 2008 - J. H. Schein: Chamber Music for Brass (Hungaroton), 2009 - "Popular Music 2." (Ewald Brass).

As a member of various ensembles, he performed in many countries of the world: USA (Carnegie Hall), France (Louvre), England (Wallace Collection), Austria (Mozart Academy), Russia (Philharmonia), Scotland, Spain, Benelux, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Morocco, etc.

Giovanni Bertolazzi

PIANO | 12-16th July

Mastercourses, 2024

Giovanni Bertolazzi won the 2nd Prize at the “Franz Liszt” International Piano Competition in Budapest, along with as well as five other special awards in 2021.

Earned his Bachelor's Degree from “B. Marcello” Conservatory of Music in Venice and continued his piano studies with Epifanio Comis at “V. Bellini” State Institute of Music in Catania, where he obtained his Master's Degree in Piano Performance and in Chamber Music with top honours.

During his studies, he also attended several piano masterclasses held by distinguished pianists and pedagogues such as Lily Dorfman, Joaquín Achúcarro, Matti Raekallio, Boris Berezovsky, Stephen Kovacevich and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

He won more than 40 prizes in international piano competitions, including the 1st Prize at the “Siegfried Weishaupt” Piano Competition in Ochsenhausen (2017), the 1st Prize at the “Sigismund Thalberg” International Piano Competition in Naples (2018) and the 4th Prize at the “Ferruccio Busoni” International Piano Competition in Bolzano (2019). In June 2019 he received the “Alkan Award for Piano Virtuosity” in Milano.

Since January 2020, Giovanni is artistically supported by Cultural Association “Musica con le Ali”.

He has been awarded the “Tabor Foundation Award” in July 2022, received from Verbier Festival Academy during the Verbier Festival (Switzerland).

Giovanni has performed at major venues including Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Fazioli Concert Hall in Sacile, Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Teatro Politeama Garibaldi in Palermo, Teatro Bellini in Catania, Sala Verdi in Milan Conservatory, Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome, “Franz Liszt” Academy of Music in Budapest, Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum in Budapest, Landesmusikakademie in Ochsenhausen, Kadrioru Kunstimuuseum in Tallinn, Steinway Hall in London, Eglise de Verbier.

He has also been a guest of prestigious musical organizations such as the Accademia Filarmonica of Verona, Amici della Musica of Padua, Bologna Festival, Amici della Musica of Florence, Victoria International Arts Festival of Malta, Alion Baltic Music Festival of Tallinn, Verbier Festival, Zoltan Kocsis Festival in Debrecen and the Cziffra Festival in Budapest, where he was also invited to record a program dedicated to Beethoven and Liszt for Bartók Rádió.

Highlights of his career include appearances with the Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Gergely Vajda), Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice (conducted by Maurizio Dini Ciacci) and Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana (conducted by Daniel Smith).

He officially performed on the World longest Concert-Grand Piano at his first public presentation, the BORGATO Grand-Prix 333 (3,33 metres long).

He has recorded a new CD entirely dedicated to Franz Liszt, released in April 2022 and published by Borgato Collection. The album, recorded on a Borgato Grand-Prix 333, has been awarded the “Supersonic Pizzicato Award” by Pizzicato Magazine (Luxembourg), the 5 Stars from Rivista MUSICA (Italy) and has been nominated for the ICMA (International Classical Music Awards) 2023.


Duffek Mihály

PIANO | 12-16th July

Mastercourses, 2024

He graduated from Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in the class of Kornél Zempléni. He is college full professor and head of department at University of Debrecen Faculty of Music. He is an active performing artist at concerts as soloist and chamber artist and regularly gives master-courses both in Hungary and abroad. He has taken part in the work of the jury at a great number of piano competitions.

Balog József

PIANO | 8-12th July

Mastercourses, 2024

The mastercourse is full, waiting list is available for active applications.


JÓZSEF BALOG is one of the most talented pianists of his generation. This exceptionally gifted performer was surrounded by the astonishing heritage of the internationally well-known Hungarian piano tradition established by Franz Liszt, Ernst von Dohnányi and Béla Bartók. He is praised and compared to Horowitz and Earl Wild by critics and acknowledged by the audience for his brilliant technic and very deep, sensitive musicianship. Along with the standard piano repertoire, he plays jazz-influenced classical compositions, contemporary music, and works written by rarely played composers as well. He has also earned fame for premiering a large number of contemporary pieces and he regularly holds master courses at various prominent musical institutions.
For the last 20 years, he has given more than 1000 concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in more than 25 countries accross Europe, America and Asia. He performed in well-known concert halls such as the Koch Theater (Lincoln Center) in New York, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Chan Centre in Vancouver, the Philharmonic Hall in Saint Petersburg, the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Hall in Lodz, the Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, the Musikhuset in Aarhus, the Vredenburg Music Center in Utrecht, the Kensington Palace in London, Konzerthaus in Wien, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest, the Macedonian National Philharmonic Hall in Skopje, the Brussels’s
Théatre Royal de la Monnaie, the Equinoxe in Chateauroux, the Karsiyaka Opera House in Izmir, the CRR-Concert Hall in Istanbul, the TRT Radio Hall and CSO Konser Salonu in Ankara, National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Moravian Philharmonic hall in Olomouc, the Philharmonic Hall in Kiev and Opera House in Nizza. He also achieved
great success at the following festivals: Shanghai China International Arts Festival, Bellagio and Lago Maggiore Festival, Chopin Festival in Mallorca, Tansman Festival, Lisztomanias in Chateauroux, Schubertiade in Roskilde, Beethoven Festival in Zutphen, Spring Festival in Russia, Liszt Festival in Sopron and Ankara, Budapest Spring Festival and, on more than one occasion the Festival Academy, Kaposfest and the Beethoven
Nights staged in Martonvásár.
During his career he has appeared with a great many outstanding orchestras and ensembles including the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Concerto Budapest, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Chamber Orchestra, the Ankara Presidential Symphony Orchestra, the Ukranian National Philharmonic and Radio
Orchestra, the UANL Symphony Orchestra, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian State Opera House Orchestra, the Croatian National Radio Orchestra, The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Pannon Symphony Orchestra, and Opéra de Nice Orchestra. Furthermore, he has already been on stage with great conductors such as Gilbert Varga,
Zoltán Kocsis, Jesús Medina, Gabriel Bebeselea, György Vashegyi, David Nimrod Pfeffer, Győriványi Ráth György, Yeruham Scharovsky, Vitaly Protasov, Felix Carrasco, Volodimir Sheyko, Gerard Korsten, Balázs Kocsár, Tamás Vető, András Keller, Tibor Bogányi, Zsolt Hamar, Balázs Kocsár, Gergely Kesselyák and Gregory Vajda.
József has released altogether fourteen CD-s. His first album - entitled Hungaricum - won the „Liszt Grand Prix du Disque” prize in 2005. The multiple international prizewinner pianist has received the “Liszt-Prize” from the Hungarian Govermnent in 2018.

Fekete Barnabás

Germany - PERCUSSION | 12-16th of July

Mastercourses, 2024

Barnabás Fekete, orchestral musician, teacher, soloist and chamber musician, completed his percussion studies at the University of Debrecen, then graduated with honors from the "Konzertexamen" degree at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, afterwards he graduated from the Duale Orchesterakademie Thüringen. He fulfills the position of temporary solo percussionist of the Jenaer Philharmonie since 2022. He also teaches and composes, and his vibraphone pieces appeared in the repertoire of the National Percussion Meeting and Competition in Debrecen in 2024. As a chamber musician he collaborated, among others, with Alexei Gerassimez and with Alejandro Coello Calvo, with whom they are permanent chamber music partners.

Szabó István

PERCUSSION | 12-16th of July

Mastercourses, 2024

He was a member of the Debrecen Philharmonic Orchestra from 1984 to 2003. He is a College Professor at the University of Debrecen Faculty of Music, from 2005 to 2018 he was the Head of Department of Brass and Percussion Instruments. Since 2007 he teaches at the Jana Levoslav Bella Conservatory in Banská Bystrica. He is a member of international juries, he’s several students are winners of national and international competitions. He obtained doctoral degree (DLA) at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 2011.

Bátori Éva

VOCAL | 8-12th July

Mastercourses, 2024

The mastercourse is full, waiting list is available for active applications.


Éva Bátori graduated at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 1988 and continued her studies at the Vienna State Opera Studio. From 1991 she was engaged by the Oper Leipzig, where she sung especially in Mozart's operas. From 1995 she sang with Cologne Opera. Her many roles with these companies include the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, Mimì in Puccini’s Bohème, and the Princess in Busoni’s Doktor Faust. She made her U.S. opera debut at Seattle Opera in the title role of Puccini’s Tosca in 2001 and returned in 2004 in the title role of Puccini’s Fanciulla del West. She toured China with the Vienna State Opera and Japan with the Hungarian State Opera. In 2005 she recieved „Meritorious Artist” award. At this stage of her career singing premieres, Emil Petrovics composed his last opus for her. She is a professor of University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest and teaches in Vienna. She is a member of the Hungarian State Opera.


Dezső Virág (Netherlands)


Mastercourses, 2024

Practical lesson based on a physical approach to deepen music interpretation, to increase quality in stage/concert- and music theater performance. The program is focusing on training the musicians/composers/performers in body and spatial awareness, physical dialogue. We start from discovering and understanding the body and its musicality in relation to space, working on neutrality as a basis, articulation in all aspects and interaction. "musicalité de mouvement" is the core issue of contemporary mime and movement theater as further developed during the 24 years laboratory work of the Moving Academy for Performing Arts (MAPA-Amsterdam) and further designed as a study program for musicians in the Conservatory of Amsterdam by Virág Dezső. It includes all performing art qualities as clear focus, rhythm, energy and intensity, sensitivity and sensuality as well. This particular pedagogical program is based on training the musicians/composers/ performers in physical, spatial awareness, physical dialogue and feedback through individual, partner and group exercises. In an advanced level using instant composition as a challenge of recognizing the special qualities of the given moment and be able to make instant decision without any doubt relying on developed skills and trust. The final result shows vulnerable, playful musicians, able to surprise themselves and the spectator by a combination of preciseness and originality.

Stachó László


Mastercourses, 2024

<br>Practice Methodology is a pioneering, all-inclusive attention training for music performers, which has been a success in 17 countries up to date. It aims to boost core skills of musical attention to achieve full expressiveness and precision efficiently, securely, and effortlessly. The uniquely powerful mental ‘toolkit’ provided by the training can be used with considerable success by instrumentalists, singers, chamber groups, choirs, and orchestras alike. It enables the musician to be totally immersed in the moment while performing, to be emotionally deeply engaged with music with full concentration, to keep time with ease, to take expressive risks and to efficiently deal with mistakes during performance. Among the most important further benefits of the short individual training sessions are the following: it enables a considerable reduction of practice time and an appreciable decrease in stage fright, and it opens
the way to the performer’s feeling of authenticity, freedom, and ‘ownership’ over the music.</br>
<br>László Stachó is a pianist, psychologist, and musicologist who teaches at the Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest) and as a regular guest professor at the Santa Cecilia Conservatoire (Rome) and the Katarina Gurska Conservatoire (Madrid). As a pianist and chamber musician, he has performed in several European countries and the US, and conducts Practice Methodology workshops and chamber music coaching sessions at international masterclasses in a dozen and a half countries including Hungary, the UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Israel, and the US. Further to these, he conducts orchestral coaching sessions, working with his Practice Methodology. Dr Stachó was Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Music of the University of Cambridge in 2014 and 2017, and Guest Professor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in 2023.</br>


Age limit: 16 and above.
We look forward to applications of high school students, university and college students and young music teachers.
Deadline for entries: 31st May, 2024.
Notification of acceptance of applications: 15th June, 2024.


Piano artists contributing to the work of the Mastercourses

Boda Balázs


Mastercourses, 2024

Böszörményi Judit


Mastercourses, 2024

Kozma Dávid

Vocal, Viola

Mastercourses, 2024

Mogyorósi Éva

Flute, French-Horn

Mastercourses, 2024

Richter Edit

Clarinet, Bassoon, Trombone

Mastercourses, 2024

Sarkady Katalin

Violin, Cello

Mastercourses, 2024

Váradi Judit

Trumpet, Saxophone

Mastercourses, 2024