The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti

Folk Music Department

Head of Department:

Dr. Mátyás Bolya

associate professor



  • Folk strings / violin, programme leader: Balázs Vizeli senior lecturer
  • Folk strings / viola, programme leader: Péter Árendás associate professor
  • Folk strings / cello, double bass, programme leader: Róbert Doór senior lecturer
  • Folk plucked instruments / zither, cobza, hurdy-gurdy, programme leader: Dr. Mátyás Bolya associate professor
  • Folk plucked instruments / tambura, programme leader: Gábor Eredics assistant lecturer
  • Folk woodwind instruments / bagpipe, recorder, programme leader: Zoltán Juhász lecturer
  • Folk woodwind instruments / clarinet, Turkish pipe, programme leader: Attila Csávás lecturer
  • Folk cimbalom, programme leader: Kálmán Balogh lecturer
  • Folk singing, programme leader: Ágnes Szabó
  • Folk music theory, programme leader: Pál Richter professor
Currently the Department does not offer courses in English.