January 24, 2008 - Consulate General of Hungary, New York




Photos: Gabriella Gyorffy

János Sutyák, trombone, Dávid Ádám Nagy, bassoonist,
Irén Seleljo, pianist, and Tamás Zétényi, cellist

Meet the Artists

These young Hungarian musicians are participating in a student exchange program of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest and The Bard College Conservatory of Music, Annadale-on-Hudson, New York.

Dávid Ádám Nagy, bassoonist, was born in Debrecen, Hungary in 1988. He began playing the bassoon at age of 14 under tutelage of Edit Kubinyi in the Kodály Zoltán High School of Music. In 2005 and in 2007 he won the National Competition for Secondary School Bassoon Players. In 2007 he was the sole recipient of the Kodaly Award - an award given to the best young musician and student. Mr.Nagy attended numerous masterclasses and studied with György Lakatos, Frank Morelli, Gábor Mészáros, and Richard Ranti. He has been a guest performer and soloist with many orchestras including the Musica Sonora Sinfonietta, the Budapest Technical University (BME) Symphonic Orchestra and the Kodály Zoltán Chamber Orchestra and played concerts throughout Europe. With his wind quintet, Quintessence International, he is an active performer all over New York State. At Bard College he is studying with Marc Goldberg.

Irén Seleljo, pianist, was born in Uzhgorod, Ukraine in 1987. She started to play the piano at age of 7 under the tutelage of her mother. In 2002 she was accepted to the St. Stephen Conservatory in Budapest. In 2003 she won 3rd Prize in the Hungarian National Piano Competition. In 2006 her chamber group won the 2nd prize in the National Chamber Music Competition. In 2006 she was accepted to the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, where she studies under tutelage of Attila Némethy and István Gulyás. Ms. Seleljo participated in several masterclasses of Imre Rohmann, Livia Rev, Noel Flores and Alexander Strukov. At Bard College she is studying with Jeremy Denk.

János Sutyák, trombone, was born in Debrecen, Hungary He began his music studies on the euphonium when he was 10 years old, then four years later switched to the trombone. Before coming to The Bard College Conservatory of Music, Sutyák attended the Zoltán Kodály High School of Music where he received the Kodály Prize for outstanding performance. He also won third prize in the National Trombone Competition in Budapest and, with his trombone quartet, first prize in the National Chamber Music Competition of Hungary. He has participated in music festivals throughout Europe and at the Colorado College Summer Festival last summer.

Tamás Zétényi, cellist, was born in Budapest in 1985. He started playing the cello at the age of five, soon began to win prizes at Hungarian national youth competitions. From 2000 he continued his studies at the St. Stephen Conservatory in Budapest with Tibor Párkányi. He won the Janos Starker Cello Competition in 2004. In the same year he was accepted to the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, where he is currently studying with professors Csaba Onczay and Tamás Kő. He has spent one semester in Berlin studying at the UdK as a guest student with professor Wolfgang Boettcher. At Bard College he is studying with Peter Wiley.

Irén Seleljo, pianist

Dávid Ádám Nagy, bassoonist

János Sutyák, trombone

Tamás Zétényi, cellist

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