"Adam Banda is one of the most remarkable young artists to enter the
Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. His pure and profound expressionism
and noble tone offer a sublime inner window to the soul of Adam
himself and, of course, the composer."
Batta – President,
At the age of 12,
Ádám Banda was selected to enter the
Extraordinary Young Talent Class of Budapest’s
as a student of renowned Professor Eszter Perényi. Born in a small
rural Hungarian town in 1986, Banda first played the violin at 8 years
old in the local music school. Within the next four years he had won
first prize in two national competitions.
He has won numerous
national and international competitions including the Academy’s Ferenc
Halasz-Prize in 2001, where he was the first non-faculty winner, the
Carl Flesch International Violin Competition in 2003, the Dubai
International Violin Competition in 2005, and the Szigeti
- Hubay International Violin Competition in
Budapest in 2007, where he was also awarded the Hubay Special Prize.
Other notable recognition includes the Pro-Europe Prize in 2004, and
his 2nd place and the jury’s special prize at the 2006 Yampolsky
International Violin Competition in Moscow.
In 2007 he was
awarded with two major national awards, the Junior Prima Primissima
Award and the Artisjus Award, while in 2009 he received a governmental
prize aimed for the outstanding young talents (Youths of March Award).
In 2010, notable and widely renowned compositors of Hungary, Emil
Petrovics, János Vajda, Miklós Kocsár and Sándor Szokolay, decided to
purchase a special violin that won the “Best Violin of Hungary” award
for him. This year, Banda was given the possibility to participate at
the Keshet Eilon course in Israel, where professors from all over the
world, such as Shlomo Mintz, Ida Haendel and Itzhak Rashkovsky, will
give master classes.
Banda has performed
not only throughout
Europe but also in the
USA, Canada, United
Arab Emirates, Italy, China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Moscow and many
other concert halls around the world and with many renowned artists
including Zoltán Kocsis, András Schiff and
stem from the rich tradition and heritage of Hungarian music,
especially the work of Béla Bartók. His interpretation of Bartók’s
Violin Concerto No.2 has been compared in style and performance to the
great Yehudi Menuhin, whom Banda has admired since childhood.
His first CD
recording was issued in 2006 and the first Bartók DVD in 2009 under
Hungaroton label. His graduation concert recorded in the Great Hall of
Liszt Academy of Music
in October, 2009 is also available. His new CD became
available at the end of 2010.
Source: Hungarian Consulate