Participants 2018
Eszter Kalocsai Viola
Trio – Franz Liszt Academy Budapest

After primary school, she was accepted to the Bela Bartok Conservatory in Budapest. She entered the class of Janos Laposi, who has been her teacher for 9 years now. During high school, she participated in two Hungarian national viola competitions - both named for Pal Lukacs - where she received 3rd prize in 2011 and 1st prize in 2014. In that same year she won 2nd prize with her chamber music group at the National Chamber Music Competition in Szeged, Hungary. Being active as an orchestral player as well, she joined the Bisyoc Intercultural Youth Orchestral Exchange program, led by maestro Julian Gibbons.

Eszter was admitted to the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest in 2014. She took part in the XXIV. Schloss Hundisburg Summer Music Academy, conducted by Johannes Klumpp. She was awarded an Erasmus scholarship and went to study in the Mozarteum Saltzburg with Prof. P. Langgartner.

She held her bachelor diploma concert in 2017, where the trio of Eszter, Katalin Gonda and Balazs Sandor made its first public appearance, although there friendship and musical history traces back for years.

Currently she is a graduate student at the Academy. Her diverse personality lets her play not just in a group, but also to stand on the stage as a soloist. One of her latest concerts was held at the Marczibanyi teri Muvelodesi Kozpont, where she played Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Gabor Nemeth (violin). As a soloist, she appeared with the Antal Dorati Chamber Orchestra in Salgotarjan, performing the Viola Concerto in C by Telemann with huge success. Her mission is to take music to not just the great concert halls, but to everybody in smaller cities and the countryside all over Hungary and Europe, following the words of Zoltan Kodaly: „Music for everyone”.

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