Participants 2018
Katalin Gonda Piano
Trio – Franz Liszt Academy Budapest

Katalin Gonda is a Hungarian-born pianist from Budapest. She started playing the piano at the age of 8 and was admitted to the Bela Bartok Conservatory for a preparatory year in 2009. Her teachers were Dr. Mariann Abraham and Judit Kekesi. She graduated at the King St. Stephen Conservatory in 2014 as a student of Apolka Bonnyai DLA. During these years she already participated in numerous international competitions with much success. Her first international recognition was at the Rosario Marciano Piano Competition in Vienna (2011), awarded with an Honorable Mention prize. Many other competitions and prizes followed. Her first orchestral appearance took place in Nyíregyháza (2013), she performed Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 with the Zuglo Philharmonic Orchestra. She had the honor to play at the masterclass of Livia Rev in Paris (2014).

Katalin entered the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in 2014. She studies piano performance under Attila Nemethy and from 2017 under Gabor Eckhardt as well. She was awarded her Bachelor of Arts diploma with highest honors in 2017. Being a successful pianist at the Academy, she was selected to participate in many different master classes of renowned professors such as Zoltan Kocsis, Ferenc Rados, Boris Berman, Mauritio Moretti, Sandra Shapiro, Muza Rubackyte, Kenji Watanabe. She was also invited to summer festivals: International Summer Academy of Reichenau, Austria (Boris Berman, Markus Schirmer, 2016) and Encuentro de Santander (Galina Eguiazarova, Marta Gulyas, 2018). In addition she visited summer master classes led by Balazs Szokolay, Dr. Orsolya Szabo, Irina Osipova and others.

Recognizing the opportunity in them, Katalin continued to test her skills in international competitions. In 2015 she won the 4th Bela Bartok International Piano Competition in Vienna and was invited to play a Mozart Piano Concerto there. She travelled to the USA for the Los Angeles International Piano Competition and was awarded several prizes, including a 1st prize and the American Liszt Society Award. A Maltese success followed: she won 3rd prize at the Valletta International Piano Competition and got an invitation to perform in London.

For the artist chamber music is a vital element. Working in several formations, she widened her repertoire and performed all over Hungary. Katalin sees the orchestra-soloist relation in chamber music as well. She has been invited to perform with several Hungarian orchestras: her latest concert took place in Vigado (Budapest), where she performed Grieg: Piano Concerto in March 2018.

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