Márta Ábrahám

Márta Ábrahám

School for Exceptional Young Talents, Strings Department

Violin as Main Subject

Academic degree, university position: DLA habil., senior lecturer
Bartók Béla Primary School of Music, Vác
Bartók Béla Secondary School of Music, studied under Natasa Sós
Franz Liszt Academy of Music, studied under Professors Dénes Kovács, Ferenc Rados (graduated in 1996)
Mozarteum, Salzburg – 2-year scholarship (at Ruggiero Ricci's invitation)
Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London – 2-year scholarship (1994–1996), under professor David Takeno
She was a regular participant of master classes by famous musicians like Elisabeth Gilels, Nathan Milstein, György Pauk, Loránd Fenyves, György Kurtág, Dénes Zsigmondy and Vladimir Spivakov.
2013: DLA master degree – Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music
Teaching experiences:
2005- : Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music – Violin Main Subject, Course in the Doctoral School („Violin Fugues by J. S. Bach and Analysis of the Ciaccona”)
Visiting lectureships, master classes, lectures:
In 2010, she founded the summer Zebegény Soloist Workshop violin and chamber music masterclass and concert series, which has been held every year since then.
She has been held lectures several times at the Doctoral School of the Liszt Academyc, FUGA, the Faculty of Music at the Széchenyi István University of Győr, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Trinity College London, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and the Janáček Academy in Brno.

Jury membership, jury chairman:
2018, 2023: Flesch Károly International Violin Competition, Mosonmagyaróvár
2022: Koncz János National Violin Competition, Szombathely
2019: Kaunas International Competition, Lithuania
2014: Bartók Duo Competition, Vác, Hungary

Concerts, orchestra memberships, professional activities:

First concertmaster: Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (2005–2009)
Concertmaster: Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (2 years)
Guest Concertmaster: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Orchestral Leader: Concerto Armonico
Concertmaster and Artistic Director: Abraham Consort (since 2009)

As a soloist, she has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Orchestra, Belgian Radio Orchestra, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, European Sinfonietta, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, MÁV Symphony Orchestra and Budapest Strings. She has appeared on stage with such distinguished artists as Yehudi Menuhin, Kobayashi Ken-Ichiro, Zoltán Kocsis, Tamás Vásáry, Helmuth Rilling, Sakari Oramo and Ádám Fischer.

She is also very active as a chamber musician and is a regular guest at national and international festivals. She is a celebrated soloist in major concert halls, and has been invited to perform at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, Brussels Palais de Beaux-Arts, with Gergely Bogányi, Tamás Vásáry, Alex Szilasi, Péter Nagy, Enrico Dindo, Yaron Rosenthal, among others.

Her musical interests range from baroque music to romantic repertoire and contemporary music. She regularly participates in contemporary chamber music and orchestral productions. She has recommended new works by several contemporary composers in Hungary and has also performed in orchestral and chamber music ensembles.

She made numerous radio and recordings, and recorded the violin concerto of János Viski.

Bach research:
With composer Barnabás Dukay and her research team, she has been researching and analysing the violin works of J. S. Bach since 2012. Over the course of more than ten years of analytical work, they have developed a unique and innovative method of analysis, which has helped them to uncover the hidden messages and secret codes of J. S. Bach’s violin works for the first time in the world. To publish these discoveries of musical historical significance, they have developed a visual music education method that can be used digitally in music education. The Colorful BACH sheet music uses colour to differentiate between different parts of the music, giving a whole new way of seeing the music in its layers. The educational textbooks based on this methodology are a niche not only in the national but also in the international context, and the publications have won the recognition of many international and nationally renowned experts.

Publications (BioBach-Music Publishing):
2017: Barnabás Dukay – Márta Ábrahám: Excerpts from Eternity in English Excerpts from Eternity, multimedia publication: textbook, CD, sheet music and illustrative poster (title of the Hungarian version: „Részletek az örökkévalóságból”)
2020: Márta Ábrahám – Barnabás Dukay: Complete Edition of the Violin Fugues of J. S. Bach Series Volume I: Fugue in C major (BWV 1005)
2021: Márta Ábrahám – Barnabás Dukay: Complete Edition of the Violin Fugues of J. S. Bach Series Volume II: Fugue in G minor (BWV 1001)
2021: Márta Ábrahám – Barnabás Dukay: Fugue in G minor illustrative poster
2023: Márta Ábrahám: Chaconne Handbook I-II.
Website of the publications
Awards and honors:
2024: Lajtha Prize