Participants 2018
Balazs Sandor Clarinet
Trio – Franz Liszt Academy Budapest

Balazs Sandor started studying music with his father at the age of 8, then continued at the Bela Bartok Conservatory, Budapest, under Laszlo Kraszna.

He won his first competition award in March 2010: 1st prize at the National Clarinet Competition in Gyor, Hungary. Balazs was admitted to the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in 2013, and studied in the class of Zsolt Szatmari and Csaba Palfi. He participated in the Concorso Internazionale per Clarinetto, Cittá di Carlino 2014, where he won 2nd prize. That very same year, he received a special prize for performing at the Contemporary Composing Competition of the Academy. Other successful competitions followed, for example the David Gyula National Wind Quintet Competition in 2015.

In 2017 started working with the Budafoki Dohnanyi Orchestra and received the Dean's special prize at the National Clarinet Competition in Debrecen, Hungary. During his university years he gained invaluable experience in orchestral playing. He is often invited to play in the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hungarian Radio Orchestra and the MAV Symphonic Orchestra.

One of his latest achievements is the Bank of China scholarship which is aimed to exceptionally talented musicians to help them become more effective at performing and self-management. This is a great opportunity for Balazs's solo and chamber music development.

In 2015 he founded a trio with Eszter Kalocsai and Katalin Gonda. Their goal is to widen their repertoire for this format, as well as performing and promoting the work of contemporary composers.

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