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Daviad Ball,Hungary

Acclaimed pianist David Ball is indisputably one of the leading representative of Hungary in his proclaimed field. He has already had performances at, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Lincoln Center in New York, Musikvereinsaal in Wien, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Festspielhaus in Salzburg, the Royal Opera House Muscat and the Kioi Hall in Tokio. He has gives concerts with musicians who are acknowledged worldwide, examples include Ivan Fischer, Heinz Holliger, Zoltán Peskó, Mikhail Pletnev, Gábor Takács-Nagy and Klaus Thunemann. He has also been invited five times up until now to perform with maestro Zoltán Kocsis and the Hungarian National Philharmonic (Beethoven 5th, Liszt 2nd, Prokofieff 3rd and Schoenberg op. 42., Strawinsky Petrushka).

Mr. Báll was born in 1982 in Budapest. He received his formal training at the Aelia Sabina Music School, Bartók Béla Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. His professors were, among others, Ferenc Rados, György Nádor, András Kemenes, Zoltán Benkő and Karapetian Karin. In 2011 he earned his doctorate in Liberal Arts (DLA) at the Franz Liszt Academy where he is one of the professors of piano since 2013.

He has been awarded at nearly every major piano competition in Hungary (Budapest, Szeged, Pécs, Békés-Tarhos), and continues his triumphs in Spain, Italy, Norway, Wien and Japan. In 2013 he earned the Zoltán Magyary Postdoctoral Scholarship (National Excellence Program), and is a three-time Annie Fischer Scholarship winner, he was also given the Hungarian State Scholarship, the Universitas Foundation Award, Péter Robicsek and Ari Kupsus Award.

MARCELL SZABÓ ,Hungary

Marcell Szabó took his first official piano lessons at the age of eight, and by the time he was twelve he was studying in the Liszt Academy’s Special School for Exceptional Young Talents, under the tutelage of Gábor Eckhardt. For a long time he put at least as much energy into roller skating as playing the piano, but after a series of injuries he had to decide, and chose the piano over the extreme sport. In the 2010–2011 academic year he was a student at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and since 2012 he has continued his studies at the Doctoral School of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. The pianist, who in 2016 was awarded the Annie Fischer Scholarship and in 2015 the Junior Prima Award, has also swept up the prizes at numerous international competitions in recent years. In 2014, for example, he took 1st prize and the Contemporary Music and Orchestra Award at the International Bartók Piano Competition in Szeged, 3rd prize in the 33rdInternational Delia Steinberg Piano Competition in Madrid, and 1st prize and a special award in Paris at the 16th International Île de France Piano Competition. The success in Paris was one of the events on his “bucket list”, and led to many festival invitations, while he also got the opportunity to perform at a solo evening in the French capital. The orchestra award that he won at the Bartók competition, meanwhile, provided him with the opportunity to perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor on stage in 2015. Rachmaninoff’s music has always held an attraction for him; the unusual Russian melodies, forms and harmonies are especially close to his heart. As the lead player in evenings of solo and chamber music, Marcell Szabó has given concerts in Vienna, Madrid, Hamburg, Brussels, Luxembourg, Nagoya and the Crimean Peninsula