Inspired by my older brother, I always liked the idea of becoming a musician. However, unlike him I did not want to play the horn. I knew after experiencing my first wind band concert that clarinet was the instrument for me. I chose the clarinet because it was the instrument closest to the audience in a wind band and there were many of them on stage. I suppose with that logic (at the age of 11) I casually chose the instrument that was going to become a major part of my life, stuck together for many long hours in the comfort of a practice room or in the ladies - depending on the practice room situation at my high school.
But I loved it. I loved it not only because I could express myself in a way that not many people could, but also because I loved my personal development and relationship I built with my instrument - not to mention all the places and people music has brought me closer to. Being able to play an instrument has opened up doors beyond anything I had ever imagined. To be able to do what I am doing today is a continuous journey of learning and developing.
I first started my studies in Hungary, where my family is from, and attended the music school in Budapest until I was 18. During my time in Budapest, I had many opportunities to travel abroad and for the first time play in a symphonic orchestra. After finishing high school, I moved to Amsterdam to study with Arno Piters, a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Those four years were wonderful both musically and personally, but after finishing my bachelor studies I decided to move to Germany to study with my current teacher Johannes Peitz.
After studying in Hanover for a year, I was delighted to win my very first audition with the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra all the way in Japan. This year was very important to me because I gained full-time experience in a professional orchestra. To this day I am grateful beyond words to have spent a year living and playing in Japan. After living in Asia for a year I decided to move back to Europe to try and find work closer to home.
When I’m not practising or playing music I do enjoy doing handcraft, going for long walks, keeping fit and listening to music. Thankfully as a musician I get to do what I love even in my free time.
Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien
Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
If you could reinvent the way we experience classical music, what would you change?
I would definitely be interested in listening to music in the dark or with very limited visuals. Somehow the concept of sitting in a big hall and listening to music is not such an entertaining one to me as a listener. I think combining music with other senses is definitely something I would be interested in.
What’s on your playlist right now?
Right now I am listening to a classical music playlist but I should probably point out other genres I enjoy! I really love Björk and Radiohead so maybe more electronic music than pop.