Pianist and innovator.
He was born in 1974 in Vác, Hungary and started playing the piano at the age of four. He continued his studies at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and at Indiana University in Bloomington with professors László Baranyay, György Sebök, Matti Raekallio.Coming from a musical family, Gergely Bogányi is one of the youngest pianists to have won the Kossuth Prize, becoming one of the leading pianists of his generation.
Starting his career early, Gergely was playing concerts around the world, even while he was still studying. He has won several of the major international piano competitions. A few mentions are: First prizes in both the Chopin and the Mozart competitions in Budapest in 1993, as well as Indiana University’s music competition in 1994. Gold medal in 1996 at the “International Franz Liszt Competition” in Budapest, one of the most distinguished competitions in the world.
In 2000 he was awarded the “Liszt Prize” by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage in Hungary, and in 2002 he was presented with the “Cross of Merit of the White Rose” of Finland by the President of the Finnish Republic. In 2004 he received the “Kossuth Prize” from the President of the Hungarian Republic, the highest artistic award of his native country. In November 2010 he was awarded a unique “Art Citizenship/Chopin year” passport by the Polish government. He is an honorary citizen of his home town in Vác and in 2016 he was given the same honour for the capital of Hungary, Budapest.
He has had the privilege of playing on the best pianos and in the finest music halls worldwide. Inspired by the influence famous pianists like Liszt had on the piano manufacturing of their time, Gergely describes himself as a relentless soul. Someone who is always searching to improve on things. Hence his ambition in creating the revolutionary Bogányi piano. One of the biggest and most innovative grand piano redesigns in 150 years.
Gergely continues his musical career in parallel with building the Bogányi piano brand.
Bianka was born in 2004 and she is specialized in harp at Király – König Péter Music School. Her preparatory teacher is Natalia Gorbunova.
She has started her music studies since her nursery school years when she was 5 and a half years old.
She won her first competition at the age of six , so at that time she had been playing the harp only for one year.
From this moment she has taken part in several national and international competitions, among these the most remarkable one is the ’National Harp Competition’ – which is organized every three years – where she received gold qualification ( in 2012,2015 and 2018, this year in music chamber category as well).
In April 2014 she won the first place at the fifth ’Antonio Salieri International Classical Music Competition’ in Italy, one year later in April 2015 in Zagrab she reached the second position at the ’International Harp Competition’, in Slovenia in 2016 and 2017 she won gold qualification.
She was marching towards the final of ’Virtuózok’ -which was the first Hungarian classical music talent Tv show started in the summer of 2014 – in her category she was among the first three competitors and she was enriched with the special award of ’ Miskolc Bartók Plus Opera Festival’ as well. Bartók Plus Opera Festival’ has called upon her every year since that time.
In December 2015 she was invited to Moscow for the ’Nutcracker’ Classical Competition -where she was among the first 16 best competitors based on a video recording -where she represented our country as the only Hungarian participant.
She took part in several master courses of well-known harp artists including Gabriella Dall’ Olio, Florence Sitruk, Isabelle Perrin, Patrizia Tassini , Alexander Boldachev and Vigh Andrea , so she could put on her knowledge on their classes.
In 2017 she was accepted to Liszt Ferenc Music University in the class of ’Extraordinary Talents’.
From 2019 she is a student of Vántus István Technical Secondary School.
In June, 2020 in Belgrade she won the first prize of an internatianal music competition in harp category.
Ditta Rohmann is a versatile cellist, whom we may encounter as a soloist in great concert halls as well as improvising with world-music ensembles, playing a major role in joint productions with dancers or as a chamber musician.
In 2012 she was prize winner at the prestigious Leipzig Bach Competition.
Her most influential teachers were Miklós Perényi, Suren Bagratuni, Ivan Monighetti, Boris Pergamenschikow and Ferenc Rados.
She considers it important to apply, develop and hand on the knowledge she has gained.
Ditta formerly taught at the University of Debrecen, and since September 2018 is an adjunct lecturer at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.
As a result of her collaboration with Hungaroton, five solo CDs have been recorded in the past six years receiving positive reviews world-wide. Among the recordings we find all the solo suites by J.S.Bach, a portrait album with Hungarian cello music including Kodály‘s solo sonata.
She has her own chamber series in Budapest titled Bach+ where her guests are exceptional baroque players.
Krisztina Lanczkor-Kocsis made his diploma with honours at the University of Szeged, Faculty of Music (Prof. Zoltán Lass) in 2006 and received his doctorate degree (DLA) ”summa cum laude” at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest in 2013.
She has participated in the masterclasses of András Adorján, János Bálint, Csalog Benedek, Sir James Galway, Gergely Ittzés, Lóránt Kovács, Barthold Kuijken, István Matuz, Emmanuel Pahud.
Krisztina Lanczkor-Kocsis won the 1st prize in the Zoltán Jeney Hungarian National Flute Competition in Kaposvár in 2000, and in the Prosper Amtmann Flute Competition in Sellye in 2010. She was the winner of the International Flute Competition in Timisoara in 2005 and of the International Flute-Harp Chamber Competition in Arles in 1999 with Anastasia Razvaljaeva. She was the flute professor of the István Vántus Music High School in Szeged from 2004 to 2018.
Krisztina Lanczkor-Kocsis is the first flutist of the Szeged Symphony Orchestra from 2007.
Patricia Janeckova (1998) is a Slovak living in Ostrava in the Czech Republic.
She studied opera singing at the Janáček Music Conservatory (2013–2017) and continues at the department of solo opera singing at the Ostrava University since October 2017, in both cases under the auspices of the soprano singer Eva Dřízgová-Jirušová.
She has been singing since the age of four and is an exceptional figure on the contemporary music scene. Music critics have drawn attention to her maturity as musican, her flawless intonation, and vocal refinement. Of all the musical genres, she has always been fascinated most by opera.
In 2014, the then sixteen years old Patricia won the international singing contest Concorso Internazionale Musica Sacra in Rome. She was awarded a stipend to take part in the summer singing workshops held by the European Music Academy in Arezzo, Italy, in 2015, where she worked under the supervision of the renowned La Scala´s baritone Renato Bruson.
In 2016 she received three awards at the Antonin Dvorak’s International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary.
Patricia gained her first experience of opera performance when she was a member of the Opera Studio at the Antonín Dvořák Theatre in Ostrava. At the age of ten, she won an audition held by the Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava and received her first opportunity to sing with a symphony orchestra.
In 2010, Patricia, then aged twelve, delighted both the jury and the audience with her crystal-clear soprano voice and her fascination for opera singing at the Czech-Slovak television talent competition Talentmania; thanks to the enthusiastic response from television viewers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, she was ultimately named its outright winner.
Her first individual concert took place in 2011 in Bratislava where she performed with the Viva musica! orchestra conducted by Oskar Rózsa. The video recording of the concert appeared on Patricia´s first CD/DVD in the same year.
Patricia took part in numerous gala concerts and festivals in the Czech Republic and abroad including Starry Night – Vienna (Austria), Junge Talente der Klassik – Klosterneuburg (Austria), Peter Dvorský International Music Festival – Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou (Czech Republic), Festival Terras Sem Sombra – Grândola (Portugal), opera festival Smetana´s Litomyšl (Czech Republic), festival Les musicales de Louvergny (France), Talentinum 2016 (Czech Republic), International Music Festival Český Krumlov 2016 (Czech Republic), Lednice/Valtice Music Festival (Czech Republic).
Patricia has already had the honor to have sung with Peter Dvorský or Adam Plachetka, with whom she recorder a duet „Pa pa pa“ on her debut album (2011), as well as with Štefan Kocán, Roman Janál, Peter Berger, Eva Dřízgová-Jirušová and other artists.
In 2015, she was given opportunity to debut at two opera stages in Slovakia (State Theater Košice – Figaro´s Wedding/Barbarina, Slovak National Theater – Magic Flute/Pamina).
In Czechia and Slovakia, Patricia has worked with leading symphony and chamber orchestras, such as the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Czech National Symphonic Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Janáček orchestra, Janáček Chamber Orchestra. Since 2017, Patricia has collaborated with the Prague baroque ensemble Collegium Marianum on Händel´s Acis and Galatea, and also with Prague Symphonic Orchestra FOK. She also collaborated with the chamber ensemble Barocco sempre giovane
As a result of long-time cooperation with the National Moravian-Silesian Theater, she sang a solo part in Benjmanin Britten´s The Little Sweep there. She also performed in musical dramatical inscenation of Czech 19th century literary classics Kytice (Wild Flowers – A Bouquet of Folk Legends) by K. J. Erben. She also performed in musical Romeo and Juliet and also as
Esmeralda in Bedřich Smetana´s The Bartered Bride. In 2019, she will sing Despina in W.A. Mozart´s Così fan tutte.
Patricia successfully won the audition in Rome this year and she was chosen for the role of Gilda in a film adaptation of Verdi´s Rigoletto. The film will be shot in 2019.
At the turn of 2018 and 2019, Patricia attended two New Year’s gala concerts in Poznanwith the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra.
Among the most important events attended by Patricia in 2019 are the internationally recognized festival in Berlin Feuerblumen & Klassik Open Air. From domestic performances we must not forget two concerts with Martin Chodůr or performances within the festival Czech Touches of Music.
Patricia wide repertoire ranges from opera to baroque and liturgical music and also interpretation of musicals and film scores by Ennio Morricone or Luboš Fišer.
Elisabeth Waglechner was born in 1997 in Vienna, Austria. She is currently studying performance piano at the University for Music and performing Arts Vienna with Stefan Vladar, before she studied with Christopher Hinterhuber. She started playing the piano at the local music school of her hometown Pitten, in 2009 she was accepted at the University in Vienna in the special class of Alma Sauer for highly gifted children.
In 2020, Elisabeth Waglechner received the first prize, the audience prize and the special prize for the best interpretation of a work by W.A. Mozart at the International Mozart-competition in Salzburg. Furthermore she won the third prize at the international Mozart-competition for young musicians 2017 in Zhuhai (China). With a work by Mozart, she also won the Hajek/Boss/Wagner – prize. As part of this prize she was invited to play at the Haydn-festival in Eisenstadt with the Austrian-Hungarian Haydn-philharmonic orchestra Mozart’s c-minor concerto under the baton of Adam Fischer.
Elisabeth is also winner of Musica Juventutis, the festival Allegro Vivo and the Tyrol classic instrumenalist’s prize. She received the 1st prize in the international piano competition of Gagny, the 2nd prize in the international Takács competition and the 2nd prize and special prize for the best interpretation of a work of the Viennese classic at the Vivaldi competition in 2019.
She debuted in Musikverein in 2019, being selected by the music university as soloist in the project “beyond talent. Best of mdw artists”. She also performed in Brahms-hall at the presentation of the Musikverein-coin and at the celebration of Musikverein’s 150th birthday.
Furthermore she was performing at the Konzerthaus Vienna, primatial Palast Bratislava, the Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn and Schubert houses in Vienna, at the festival Styriarte in Graz, and at Altenburg Abby and Melk Abby as well as the castle Belvedere. Elisabeth is not only an active musician within Austria, she also performed in France, Germany, Sweden, China, Japan, Norway, Malta and Switzerland.
Elisabeth was selected to take part in the prestigious Jiri Hlinka Piano Academy, where she worked with Leif ove Andnes, Mario Papadopoulos and Håvard Gimse. Furthermore, she took masterclass with many renowned professors such as Maria Pires, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Robert Levin, Ana Malikova, Pavel Gililov, Antii Siraala and Roland Krüger.
The Ostrava(CZ) born violinist Jakub Černohorský received his first violin lesson at the age of five, and later went on to study with Vítězslav Kuzník at Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava.
He completed his professional studies as a student of Petr Messiereur at the Academy of Music in Prague.
He improved his musical skills at postgradual studies in Toho Gakuen School of Music in Toyama,Japan.
Jakub has performed extensively as a soloist or member of chamber music group with numerous orchestras and ensembles including Pavel Haas Quartet, Ensemble Berlin-Prag, Talich Chamber Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, Saint Gelert Orchestra Szeged, Kolja Quartet, etc.
He received Joseph Gingold award at Kent Blossom Festival (2005) in Ohio,USA.
Since 2005 he is the Artistic leader of Janacek Chamber Orchestra and from 2008 he is the Concertmaster of Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava.
He has joined Benda Quartet in 2016.
MARIANNA JULIA ŻOŁNACZ
Marianna Julia Żołnacz began flute playing at the age of seven at ZPSM No. 4. K. Szymanowski in Warsaw, in professor Maria Peradzyńska-Filip’s class. Since 2015, she has been a student at the Mozarteum University of Music in Salzburg in professor Michael Martin Kofler’s class.
She is a laureate of over than 50 national and international competitions including eight Grand Prix prizes. Her last achievements include:
- The Carl Nielsen International Competition 2019 – Odense 2019 ( II Prize)
- Guangzhou International Flute Competition 2018- Guangzhou 2018 ( I Prize)
- The Sir James Galway Rising Star Award and 14K Gold Nagahara Headjoint at the Galway Flute Festival 2018- Weggis 2018
- The 16th International Competition Pro Bohemia Ostrava 2018 for Wind instruments, Piano, Organ and Voice – Ostrava 2018 (Overall winner)
- The 9th Kobe International Flute Competition (Japan) – Kobe 2017 ( III Prize )
She has performed many flute concertos as a soloist with orchestras in Poland and abroad, such as Warsaw Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Poland, The Slovak State Philharmonic Kosice, Kobe Ensemble, Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Centre in Białystok, The Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra. She has worked under the baton of many talented conductors, including Felix Mildenberger, Michał Dworzyński, Paweł Kapuła, Hiroshi Sekiya, Tadahiro Yano, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Marzena Diakun, Łukasz Borowicz, Michał Klauza, Rafał Delekta, Gergely Menesi, Mirko Krajci.
She perfected her skills with many such a great flutists as: Sir James Galway, Marina Piccinini, Urszula Janik, Philippe Bernold, Kersten Mccall, Christina Fassbender, Elżbieta Gajewska, Philippe Benoit, Hansgeorg Schmeiser, Łukasz Długosz, Carlo Jans, Anne-Caterine Heinzmann, Antoni Wierzbiński, Pierre -Yves Artaud, Dejan Gavric.
Since the Benda Quartet began performing in 2012 they have achieved a wide variety of musical successes and established themselves among highly respected Czech ensembles.
Their first significant landmark was the concert debut they performed at the 60th Jubilee of the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava in April 2014. The concert was recorded by Czech Radio and garnered a huge audience acclaim. Since then has the collaboration with the studio of Czech Radio continued on regular basis and resulted in a number of publicly appreciated recordings.
The Benda Quartet works intensively together with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra as well as with Janacek´s May Agency especially on numerous chamber music and educational projects. This successfully developing collaboration brought the Benda Quartet on stage of major festivals in the Czech republic such as IMF of Leoš Janáček, CSKH (Czech Philharmonics Chamber Music Cycle), IMF Beethoven´s Hradec, Mahler´s Jihlava IMF, St. Wenceslas IMF, IMF of Peter Dvorský, Forfest Festival, Creative Centre of Contemporary Music in Ostrava etc..
The Benda Quartet successfully introduced themselves in abroad too, they appeared mainly in Poland.
The Benda Quartet received repetitively the nomination for The Amber Prize of Moravian-Silesian region in 2017, 2018, 2019.