His one of a kind technical skills aside, 25-year-old Hungarian TAMÁS PÁLFALVI already stands out as one of the most visionary and innovative trumpet players of today.
Enormous virtuosity, stage presence and extraordinary musical concept won him first place at the Fanny-Mendelssohn-Förderpreis, a German competition that was created to reward not only the performance of young musicians, but also their conceptual skills and creativity. Additionally he was awarded with the WEMAG Soloist Award at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
As one of the ECHO Rising Stars 2017/2018 he will perform in major concert halls across Europe such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Philharmonie Luxemburg, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Auditori Barcelona, the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, and Konzerthaus Dortmund.
In season 2016/2017 he will perform at KKL Lucerne, Switzerland, Al Bustan Festival, Lebanon, Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival Warsaw, and together with Camerata Salzburg at Rheingau Musik Festival, Germany. Highlights of the past season 2015/2016 included his performances at Frauenkirche in Dresden, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Chosen Vale Trumpet Seminar in New Hampshire, Gezeiten Festival, Germany as well as performances with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the Bayerische Kammerorchester.
His debut CD Agitato, with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and released in September 2015 by Berlin Classics, is further reference of his versatility.
Works by Vivaldi, Telemann, and Handel are effortlessly intertwined with contemporary works by Ligeti, Kagel and Dubrovay. The CD was met with rave reviews internationally, with Bayerische Rundfunk listing it as CD of the Month and Norddeutsche Rundfunk as CD of the Week.
Tamás has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Suntory Hall and Kitara Hall in Japan, NCPA Beijing, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Harvard’s Sanders Theater and Müpa Budapest, as well as festivals such as Pacific Music Festival, Bard Music Festival, Bologna Festival and the New Opera Days Ostrava.
He has played under the baton of Fabio Luisi, Christoph Eschenbach, Peter Eötvös, Matthias Pintscher and Zoltán Kocsis and with orchestras such as Royal Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Hamburger Camerata and Mecklenburger Kammersolisten.
Born in Hungary in 1991, Tamás took up trumpet lessons with István Szabó at the age of 8 and joined the Leó Weiner Conservatory of Music in Budapest in 2005, where he studied under Gábor Huszár. In 2009, he was awarded a scholarship for Bard College in New York, where he studied under Carl Albach until 2012. He then returned to Budapest to study at Franz Liszt Music Academy under Gábor Boldoczki, where he received his Master’s degree in May 2016.
Tamás has received numerous prizes, such as the National Trumpet Competition at the age of 15 as well as the Junior Prima Prize, the most important recognition for young musicians in Hungary. He was the first trumpet player to win the Bard College Concerto Competition. Further distinctions include awards from the Chicago Brass Festival and several competitions across European cities such as Prague, Chieri, Cluj Napoca and Brno.
Tamás performs on Adams instruments and has developed a new design for the C-trumpet together with the company. They are currently working on a new E-flat trumpet.
Besides the classical trumpet he also performs on flugelhorn and Baroque trumpet.