The point is to increase gradually the level of the understanding, cultivation and practice of musical art. This task falls particularly to the new Academy.

Liszt to Antal Augusz
István Kertész

István Kertész

School for Exceptional Young Talents, Strings Department

Violin as Main Subject

BORN: 1945
Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music – teachers: Margit Lányi, János Pallagi, József Szász
Franz Liszt Academy of Music – professor: Dénes Kovács
2004: He received his DLA degree. The title of his doctoral thesis: Problematic points in the playing of Baroque violin pieces in performing practice
Since 1978: Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music
Since 1988: Franz Liszt Academy of Music
Since 1st January 2011, Head of Strings Department, since 1st July 2011 Head of Strings and Early Music Dept.
His students have won prizes at several international competitions.
He is a member of the Festetics String Quartet (István Kertész, Erika Petőfi, Péter Ligeti, Rezső Pertorini). This is the first Hungarian ensemble, which plays classical quartet music on period instruments. The quartet had been formed to popularize Classical quartet-music; they include in their repertoire mainly the works of the Viennese composers: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. At the same time they deem it important to play the compositions of the 18th and 19th century Hungarian composers as well. Their high-standard activity has admirers also in far away lands; they had been on tour in the United States three times, and their Haydn-album has received international acclaim.
Hungaroton. HCD 31443-45, 1991 - W. A. Mozart: Early String Quartets
Hungaroton. HCD 12976-77, 1995 - J. Haydn: Six String Quartets
Hungaroton. HCD 31736, 1998 - Johann Pachelbel: Airs end Duets
Hungaroton. HCD 31781, 1998 – Márk Rózsavölgyi: Ballroom Dances
Hungaroton. HCD 31843, 2000 - Hasse: Italian cantatas
Hungaroton. HCD 31952, 2000 - Viviani: Capricci armonici da chiesa
Hungaroton. HCD 32191-3, 2001 – Hungaroton Records is 50. String Artists 1951-2001
Hungaroton. HCD 31943, 2001 - Bengraf: Six String Quartets
Hungaroton. HCD 31945, 2001 - Spech: Three String Quartets
Hungaroton. HCD 32078, 2003 - Steffani Agostino: Scherzi Musicali
Hungaroton. HCD 32290, 2004 - Georg Druschetzky: Four String Quintets
The recording of the complete string quartets of Joseph Haydn is to be released by Arcana Publishing.
Editio Musica 2000 – Viviani: Capricci armonici da chiesa – sheet music
He is a member of the European String Teachers Association (ESTA); president of the Association until 2003.