ÁDÁM SZOKOLAY

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 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 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. Through the next two years, he was the winner of four national competitions. 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. Throughout his years as a student in the Academy, his teachers were Gyöngyi Keveházi, Gábor Eckhardt, Attila Némethy and Dénes Várjon. He continued his studies at the Bard College Conservatory of Music in New York with Peter Serkin, and since 2018 he studies at the Franz Liszt Hochschule für Musik in Weimar, under the guidance of Grigory Gruzman. From 2020 he is also taking lessons of Imre Rohmann in Salzburg's Mozarteum University. ​

 

Prizewinner of numerous international competitions - among others 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 -, Ádám was awarded the Sári Bíró Memorial Award and the Fischer Annie scholarship for his diligent work. From 2015 to 2018 he was a recipient of the Belinda & Stephen Kaye Full Scholarship at the Bard Conservatory in New York, United States. ​

 

Szokolay has given concerts in the halls of Vienna, Moscow, Prague, Paris, Amsterdam, Vilnius, Budapest and other cities. He is regularly invited for solo recitals in the Franz Liszt Memorial Museum and the Béla Bartók Memorial House. 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. Upcoming engagements include concerts with the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hungarian State Opera's Orchestra, Liszt’s rarely performed Malédiction with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, solo recitals in the Franz Liszt Academy and in the Vilnius Music Festival. ​

 

He has participated in the master classes and took lessons of extraordinary artists like György Kurtág, Ferenc Rados, Zoltán Kocsis, Richard Goode, Mikhail Voskresensky, Claudio Martínez-Mehner, Eldar Nebolsin, Mūza Rubackytė, 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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adam Szokolay Portrait
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Adam Szokolay Piano