Music was and is an essential part of daily life in Hungary.

Sir Georg Solti
Ágnes Kállay

Ágnes Kállay

Strings Department

Contemporary Music for Cellists

Academic degree, university post:

2013- : Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, lecturer
2013- : Bartók Béla Secondary School of Music, cello teacher
2015- : University of Szeged, Faculty of Music, associate professor

Date of birth: 10.09.1981

2010-2013: Stony Brook University, New York - Colin Carr, Emerson Quartet, Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
2010-2011: Stony Brook University, New York - Arthur Haas, Baroque music studies
2008-2010: Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA - Nicholas Tzavaras (Shanghai Quartet), TA (Teaching Assistantship) scholarship
2006-2007: Hochschule für Musik Köln - Maria Kliegel, DAAD scholarship
2000-2006: Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music - István Csurgay, MA
1995-2000: Bartók Béla Secondary School of Music - György Déri
1987-1995: Ádám Jenő Music School - Magda Angyal Kovácsné

2013: Works for gamba and cello (Zsolt Szabó - gamba, Ágnes Kállay – Baroque cello, István Győri – lute and Baroque guitar, Szilvia Takács – organ and harpsichord, Bernadett Mészáros - harpsichord)
2012: Joseph Haydn: Trios for Fortepiano, violin and cello (Szilvia Takács - fortepiano, Piroska Vitárius - violin, Ágnes Kállay - cello)
2008: Excanto 2 CD, Selection from the repertoire (Gábor Kállay – vocals and flutes, Katalin Kállay - flutes, Ágnes Kállay - cello, András Csáki - guitar, István Győri - lute, Baroque and classical guitar, percussion)
2003: Excanto 1 CD, From the Renaissance to the present day (Gábor Kállay – vocals and flutes, Katalin Kállay - flutes, Ágnes Kállay - cello, András Csáki - guitar)

Orchestra membership:
2014- : member of Art-Vanguard cello-piano Duo
2014- : member of Sahar cello-piano Duo
2012- : member of Trio Artica Ensemble (USA)
2012- : member of Musica Profana Ensemble
2012- : member of Genzinger Fortepiano Trio
2012-2013: member of Son à Trois Ensemble (USA)
2009-2010: member of Neos String Quartet (USA)
2009- : member of Artek Early Music Ensemble (USA)
2005- : permanent guest artist of Mandel Quartet
2000- : founding member of Excanto Ensemble
2000- : member of Marquise Ensemble
1999- : member of Camerata Hungarica Ensemble

Teaching activities, posts as guest professor, principal master classes:
July 2015: master class - Chamber Music Festival Dolomiti, San Gregorio, Italy
April 2015: master class – Riga Academy of Music, Latvia
May 2015: master class – Music Palace, Miskolc Vocational School of Music
November 2014: master class – classical cello repertoire, Pécs, Zsolnay Cultural District
August 2014: master class - Isle of Cumbrae Summer Music Festival, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland
2013: master class, Athens, Ohio University, Trio Artica
2012-2013: cello teacher - Grace Music School, New York
2011: master class, Cleveland, Ohio – Hungarian Conference
2011, 2012, 2013: master classes, Silicon Valley Music Festival, San Jose, California
2011: continuo teacher – International Baroque Master Class, Budapest, Fiori Musicali (Penelope Rapson, UK) Excanto and Marquise ensembles - member
2011- : cello, Baroque cello and continuo teacher – Renaissance and Baroque Week, Course, Győr
2011-2012: cello teacher - Long Island Conservatory, New York
2008-2010: Montclair State University, Teaching Assistantship

Other activities:
Solo cello improvisation - Sándor Mohi: The Prayer, documentary film (won prize for best documentary at the 39th Hungarian Film Review)

Principal concerts:

In Europe:
Nicosia, Cyprus (Camerata Hungarica), London, Cambridge (Young Hungarian Talents in Focus - György Pauk), London (Hungary in Focus and Docklands Festival - Excanto Ensemble), Venice, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Klagenfurt, Salzburg, Konzerthaus Wien (concert tour following Alps-Adriatic Competition), Santander (Santander Summer Academy and Festival), Brussels (Mandel Quartet), Slovenia, Ljubljana, Seviqc Brezice Early Music Festival (Marquise Ensemble), Varna International Music Festival (Marquise Ensemble), Venice Carnival (Marquise Ensemble), Isle of Cumbrae Summer Festival, Scotland (Gusztáv Fenyő - piano), Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Weimar, Germany (Excanto Ensemble, Balázs Szokolay - harpsichord), Herford, Germany, Skopje, Macedonia (Duo Art-vanguard concerts, Kalina Mrmevska - piano)

In America:
New Jersey, Kasser Theater at Montclair State University (solo and chamber concerts), Clifton, Lambert Mansion (sonata concert), Massachusetts, Tanglewood Summer Festival (Boston Symphony Orchestra), New York, Barge Music (Neos Quartet), Nyack (NY), Carnegie Room (Neos Quartet), New York, Hungarian House (chamber concerts), Stony Brook University (chamber concerts - Emerson Quartet), New York, Mannes School of Music (Beethoven Institute, sonata concert), New York, Juilliard School (contemporary music concert, Neos Quartet), Huntington, Long Island, Ridotto Concert Series (sonata concert), California, San Jose, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego, (Silicon Valley Music Festival, Son à Trois concerts), Los Angeles, CA, Hungarian House (trio concerts), Ohio University Glidden Recital Hall, Athens (Trio Artica concert), Columbia, Missouri, Plowman Competition (Trio Artica), Bryant Library, Long Island (LICA contemporary chamber music concerts) Cleveland, Cleveland Hungarian Association (conference, solo concert), Islip, Long Island (Stony Brook Baroque Ensemble), Boston Early Music Festival (Stony Brook Baroque Ensemble), Madison, New Jersey (Artek Early Music Ensemble), New York, Immanuel Lutheran Church (Artek concerts), New York, Italian Academy at Columbia University (Artek Ensemble and Enrico Gatti), Vermont, Middlebury Bach Festival (Artek Ensemble), Sand Castle Winery, Pennsylvania (Duo concert)

Prizes, awards:
2013: Plowman Chamber Music Competition, Columbia, Missouri (USA) - Special Recognition
2012: Ackerman Prize, Stony Brook Chamber Music Competition, USA
2011: Ackerman Prize, Stony Brook Chamber Music Competition, USA
2010: Ackerman Prize, Stony Brook Chamber Music Competition, USA
2010: Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Los Angeles - final
2010: Montclair State University, Concerto Competition – 1st prize
2007: Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Chamber Music Competition, London - 1st prize
2004: Alps-Adriatic International Cello Competition, Gorizia - 1st prize
1999: Kertész Ottó Memorial Competition, Budapest – 2nd prize (first prize not awarded)
1993: Friss Antal Cello Competition, Szolnok - 2nd prize
1990: Friss Antal Cello Competition, Szolnok - 2nd prize