Professor at the Katarina Gurska conservatory in Madrid, Franz Liszt Center for young talents in La Nucia and Alter Mvsici center in Cartagena (Spain).
István is considered as one of the most refined pedagogues and pianists of our time. His students are frequent winners in national and international competitions with more than hundred prizes. Pianist and internationally recognized teacher: he has been invited in Master Classes in Budapest (Hungary), in the World Teachers Conference in Novi Sad (Serbia), in the Katarina Gurska Higher Center, in Forum Musikae (Madrid), in the International Piano Festival "UIS" in Bucaramanga, in Manizales (Colombia), Special School of Music in Apatin, Sombor, Senta, Backa Topola (Serbia), Professional Conservatory in Alicante and Dénia, in the International Festival of Music in Valencia etc. He is jury member in frequent international competitions such as Bucaramanga (Colombia), the IMFV Valencia competition, the Ibiza International Competition, the "Villa de Xabia" International Contest, the Franz Liszt Contest in Rome (Italy), Béla Bartók Contest in Graz (Austria) etc.
Winner of several awards in national and international competitions. Since the age of 15 he has given recitals in Europe, the United States, South America and Asia. To name a few: in Alexandria and New Harmony (Indianapolis, USA), in the International Piano Festival in Bucaramanga, International Piano Festival in Barrancabermeja, cycle "International Season in Manizales" (Colombia), "Kolarac" in Belgrade ( Serbia), in the "Kodály" Institute, "Kodály" School, in the "Béla Bartók" Museum, in one of the most important festivals "Zsidó Kulturális Fesztivál" in Szeged (Hungary), recitals in Sweden, Greece, in the festival "Midis-minimes", in "Muziekacademie de Berchem-Sainte-Agathe in Brussels (Belgium) and in Spain in important auditoriums such as the Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid, Palau de la Música in Valencia, Teatro Principal de Alcoy, congress center" Victor Villegas "in Murcia, in the" Adoc ", in the University of Burgos, in the International Chamber Music Festival in Calpe, in" Dénia Classics ", Aula de la Cam in Alicante, Teulada Auditorium, La Beneficencia in Valencia, in the Auditorio de la Diputación, "ADDA" in Alicante, Auditorium Mediterrania in La Nucia among others. He has performed in private concert for the Princess of Thailand S.A.R. Chulabhorn Mahidol.
He is founder and member of the international Camerata "Universal Music". He has performed with international artists such as Clara Novakova, Joaquin Palomares, Joan Enric Lluna, Jovan Bogosavljevic, Susanna Gregorian, with the soloists of the Orchestra of Valencia etc.
In 2017 István Székely made the recording of five Chopin studios of exceptional virtuosity for the sounding of the animated short film Impromptu, directed by María Lorenzo and produced by Enrique Millán, with the participation of Cultur Arts (Generalitat Valencian) and the A Punt Media network . Impromptu has been one of the most relevant Spanish animation shorts of the last year, being shortlisted for the Goya 2018 Awards. It was premiered at the emblematic Alcalá de Henares Film Festival, and so far it has been screened in more than 50 events in 20 countries, such as the Animation Festival of Annecy (France), the Bristol Encounters (United Kingdom), Anima Mundi (Brazil) or the Animation Nights (New York). Prizes won: Best Art Animation at the Expression Art Movie Festival (Los Angeles, USA), Best Short Film (exaequo) at the Animaze Animation International Festival (Montreal, Canada), Best Experimental Animation Short at the International Animation Cardboard Festival - La Tribu (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Best Animation Short Film at the Astorga Film Festival (Spain), Best Valencian Animation at the Cortoons (Gandía)
Not to confuse with 1960 born István Székely pianist.
She was born is Miskolc, she started her musician studies at the age of 5.
- ELTE-PPK Mentor teacher program
- PTE Musician artist Master piano artist teacher program
- ELTE-PPK teacher exam – Kovács-method
- Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Főiskola (musician college), Miskolc
- Bartók Béla Zeneművészeti Szakközépiskola (musician high school), Miskolc
- Egressy Béni Zeneiskola (music school), Miskolc
Her piano teachers: Bacsa Tiborné, Csabay Csilla, Balázs Adrienne, Kincses Margit, Király Csaba.
She has taken part – inter alia – courses of Falvai Sándor, Keveházi Gyöngyi, Némethy Attila, Gyimesi László, Vásáry Tamás, Malcolm Bilson.
Concerts: European countries (Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Ukraine).
She has given many charity concerts in Hungary and abroad.
She is a constant participant of the Váci Világi Vigalom (Vác Secular Feasting).
In 2013, EMMI (Ministry of Human Resources, department of Hungarian Goverment) adjudicated her the „Bonis Bona – For the Talents of the Nation” award, because of her prominent work in music teaching and talent management.
From 2014 she is a member of „Nemzeti pedagógus kar” (National Teacher Faculty).
She has got the Master degree of teachers in 2014.
She became a musician consultant in 2015.
She won the X. International Music Competition „Musica Insieme” III. award, 2015, 15th Concorso Internazionale „Don Vincenzo Vitti” III. award, 2016.
She is a founding member of the Danubia Talents competition and master class, 2016.
She was a jury member of the 7th International Competition „Youth Academy Award”, Rome, Italy, 2017.
She will be a jury member of the 8th International Competition „Youth Academy Award”, Rome, Italy, 2018.
She will be a jury member of the VI Concurso Internacional de Piano "Vila de Xabia", Spain, 2018.
She is the jury member of the Danubia Talents competitions in Hungary and in Italy.
She will be a teacher of the masterclasses in Saracinesco and Rome, Italy, 2018.
In the last years, her students have won more than 100 awards, they were the winners of several national and international competitons.
She is an enthusiastic representative and advertiser of Kovács-method, which takes an important part in her work.
Publications: dr. Kovács Géza Emlékkönyv 2016.
Heir to the chamber music tradition of Eugenio Bagnoli (renowned pianist disciple of A.Casella with multifaceted activities in duo with N.Milstein, H.Szeryng, Y.Menuhin, Z.Francescatti, J.Starker and many others) to which he owes his training, he graduated with highest honors from the Conservatory "B. Marcello" in Venice. Follows the courses of Franco Gulli, Marco Zuccarini and of the New York University-Department of Music, also studying conducting. Performs at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, at the Teatro Bibiena in Mantua, at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, and so on.
The artistic work includes hundreds of concerts in Italy, Europe, Russia, Malaysia and Africa. He collaborates with musicians such as the violinist Felix Ayo and Georg Monch, the tenor Luigi Alva, the soprano Katia Ricciarelli, the mezzosoprano Sara Mingardo, the violinist Giuliano Fontanella, the first flute of RAI National Symphony Orchestra of Turin Dante Millozzi and others. He gets great success with concerts of Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Bach, etc. together symphony complex of fame such as the Orchestra of Radio and Television in Ljubljana.
The repertoire is vast: it includes songs from the eighteenth century to the present day and complete cycles of various authors which all the Mozart sonatas for piano and violin, the work for piano duet by Mozart and Brahms, the Sonatas by Hummel with flute, etc.
He is invited to play in honor to the tenor Luciano Pavarotti, the mezzosoprano Giulietta Simionato and others bigs artists; he performs live for domestic and foreign TV broadcasting. Makes recordings for the labels Decca, Newton Compton, Rivo Alto, Idyllium, Inedita CD e Metis Film. He Is often jury president or member in national and international piano and chamber music competition, regularly gives courses and masterclasses in Italy and abroad (Paderewski Academy of Poznan - Poland, Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Mannheim - Germany, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn - Estonia, State Conservatoire in Kazan - Russia, etc).
His students are often rewarded in various Italian and international competitions. By years is artistic director of several concert seasons and music performance competitions: actually he is member of the National Artistic Direction of A.Gi.Mus. and the President of A.Gi.Mus Fano Marche-Rotary Club Fano. He is Professor of Chamber Music at the Statal Conservatory of Music "S. Cecilia" in Rome and institutional member of the “European Chamber Music Teachers Association”.
Graduated in piano studies with full marks under the guidance of Pavla Pokojna at the Conservatory of Bratislava, her hometown.
Specialised in piano studies in Belgium with Jacques Genty, winning the Premier Prix at the Conservatory of Mons, at Bonn with Stefan Askenase and in Rome with Fausto Zadra, Carlo Zecchi, Tito Aprea and Guido Agosti.
Specialisation courses at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Carlo Zecchi and Enrico Mainardi, and at the Centro Internazionale di Studi Musicali with Nikita Magaloff. Winner of the First Prize at the Brussels “F. Chopin” Contest in 1969, since then she has held numerous concerts for major concert organisations, both as soloist and with chamber orchestra, in Czechoslovakia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, South Africa, Turkey and Italy.
She has taken part in international festivals, including the XXI Festival dei Due Mondi at Spoleto. For Italian television, she recorded a commemorative concert for the 50th anniversary of the death of Leos Janacek. She has recorded for RCA, as well as participating in the sound tracks of Nino Rota, Luis Bacalov, Armando Trovaioli and Carlo Crivelli. In December 2003 she took part in the Manifestazione Internazionale di Musica Contemporanea “Corpi del Suono”, performing “Plus Minus” by Stockhausen. She holds specialisation courses regularly in Italy and abroad, and has sat on the jury of numerous Italian and international contests. She holds the principal chair for pianoforte at the Conservatory “A. Casella” at L’Aquila, Italy.
Rintaro AKAMATSU, born in Oita (Japan) in 1978, started the piano and violin at 2 year-old and cello at 6 year-old. Many concerts and broadcasts on public since his childhood. He performed Mozart’s concerto with cadenza extemporaneously at 10 year-old. After the Grand Prix of “All Japanese Students’ Music Competition” in 1990, he won numerous prizes in Japan.
His first international honor was the 3rd prize on “Clara Schumann” international piano competition in 2000. One of juries was Martha Argerich, and Dr. Joachim Kaiser mentioned him as “an intelligent and talented pianist” on ZDF’s program. Later years, he won more than 10 prizes in international competitions.
He majored musicology at the Kobe University, and got Diplôme supérieur de concertiste (a l'unanimité avec félicitations du Jury) of both piano and chamber music at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. While staying Düsseldorf, Paris and Budapest, he studied under Mikhail Voskresensky, France Clidat, Jean Micault, Nina Patarcec, Christian Ivaldi, Gyorgy Nádor, Zoltán Kocsis.
He performed in Saint-Petersburg (2000), Düsseldorf (2001/2013), Taipei (2002), Paris (2003-2005), Beppu Argerich Festival (2004), Roma (2005), Budapest (2005-2007), Bogotá (2010), Vienna (2013) etc.. He regularly takes more than 60 concerts a year in Japan including concerto and chamber music. His newest CD recording will be released by KING INTERNATIONAL in 2014.
As a professor, he appears many winners in various competitions from 200 students. In addition, he has much activities as a jury, an essayist of papers and magazines serially, and the managing director of the Japan Liszt Society. He became a guest professor from 2016 april.