Winner of the 2019 Bartók World Competition and a Junior Prima Prize recipient, Ádám Szokolay has given concerts throughout Hungary and other European countries, in such venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Cortot in Paris, the National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius, the Great Hall of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and the Palace of Arts in Budapest. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Savaria-, Győr- and Miskolc Symphony Orchestras, the Budapest Strings and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra among others, with such conductors as János Kovács, Mátyás Antal and Zsolt Hamar.

 

Born in 1996, Ádám Szokolay started playing the piano at the age of four, under the guidance of his mother. In 2005 he was accepted to the Special School for Talented Children in the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, as one of the youngest students in the history of the school. He continued his studies at the Bard College Conservatory of Music in New York, the Franz Liszt Hochschule für Musik in Weimar and the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, in the classes of Peter Serkin, Grigory Gruzman and Imre Rohmann. ​Szokolay is currently based in Budapest, where he completes his Master’s degree in the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, under Dénes Várjon and András Kemenes.

 

As a prizewinner of numerous international competitions - the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, the Stecher & Horowitz New York International Piano Competition, the Carl Filtsch International Competition in Romania and the György Ferenczy International Chopin Piano Competition in Budapest -, Szokolay was awarded the Sári Bíró Memorial Award and the Fischer Annie scholarship in Hungary for his artistic work. Between 2015-2018 he was a recipient of the Belinda & Stephen Kaye Full Scholarship at the Bard Conservatory in New York, United States. ​

 

Szokolay is regularly invited for solo recitals in the Franz Liszt Memorial Museum and the Béla Bartók Memorial House in Budapest. In 2021, at the invitation of the Villa Musica Festival in Mainz, Germany, he performed a program of chamber music works by Ernest Chausson, with violinist Boris Garlitsky. In 2017 Ádám assembled his own orchestra with fellow students of the Bard Conservatory and performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with them.

 

He has participated in the master classes and took lessons of extraordinary artists like György Kurtág, Ferenc Rados, Zoltán Kocsis, Rita Wagner, Richard Goode, Mikhail Voskresensky, Claudio Martínez-Mehner, Eldar Nebolsin, Mūza Rubackytė, Milana Chernyavska, Ruben Dalibaltayan and Martin Helmchen. His uncle, pianist Balázs Szokolay, has been a mentor to him and has supported his musical growth since early childhood.

International awards and prizes:

  • Bartók World Competition, Budapest: I. prize, 7 special prizes (2019)

  • Pro Musicis International Award, Paris - with violinist François Pineau-Benois (2019)

  • Danubia Talents International Music Competition, Hungary: I. prize (2018)

  • Stecher and Horowitz New York International Piano Competition: Finalist prize (2016)

  • Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition: Honorable Mention (2016)

  • Svirél International Chambermusic Competition, Slovenia: I. prize - with Eszter Kruchió (violin) and Fanni Fekete (clarinet) (2015)

  • Piano Talents International Piano Competition, Milan: I. prize (2014)

  • Crescendo Summer Institute, International Liszt Piano Competition: I. prize (2011)

  • Kosice International Piano Competition: II. prize, Katarina Gurska's special prize (2011)

  • Zlatko Grgosevic International Piano Competition, Zagreb: I. prize, Special prize for the best interpretation of a classical work (2010)

  • György Ferenczy International Chopin Piano Competition, Budapest: I. prize, Special prizes for the best interpretation of Chopin and Schubert works (2008)

  • Mozart International Piano Competition, Brno: II. prize (2006)

  • Carl Filtsch International Piano Competition, Romania: II. prize (2005)

Adam Szokolay Portrait
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