Since his international début at the age of 14, playing Mendelssohn’s violin concerto in the Düsseldorf Tonhalle, Bálint Székely has received much critical acclaim and many awards for his musical integrity, personality and technique. Bálint has consistently delivered a unique quality of performance bringing a wide spectrum of colours and sounds to all styles of music from Tartini to Bartók, performing across Europe and Asia.
Born in Transylvania, Romania, Bálint first began playing the violin at the age of seven. Eight years later, he was admitted to the Purcell School of Music in London with a “Friends of Purcell School” Scholarship, where he studied with Béla Dékány (former leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra).
In 1995, aged 17, Bálint was awarded the prestigious “Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother” Scholarship from the Royal College of Music, where he was taught by Grigory Zhislin (a student of Yankelevitch) and gained distinction in his Bachelor of Music and his Postgraduate Diplomas in Solo and Ensemble performance. During this time, Bálint won the Sir Arthur Bliss Prize, Leonard Hirsch Prize and numerous other prizes including first prize in the Ian Stoutzker violin competition in 2000.
Bálint has been a winner and laureate of many national and international competitions and awards. These include the prestigious Sándor Végh Award (given to a young Hungarian violinist with a future international career), the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Martin Trust Award in 1997, 1999 & 2000 and all the main awards from the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund including the Myra Hess Award in 2000. Bálint’s numerous appearances with various orchestras since the age of nine led to his international début with the Landesregierung Orchestra of Düsseldorf under the conductor Franz Lamprecht, followed by his performance of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto with the Gyor Philharmonic Orchestra in Hungary. Since then Bálint has performed concertos ranging from Mozart to Bartók with orchestras across Europe. During the current season these have included performances of concertos by Paganini, Brahms, Sibelius and Bartók.
His chamber concerts with a range of partners, including Mariko Kondo, have taken Bálint to a number of venues and festivals throughout Europe and Japan. Many of his performances have been released on CD and broadcast on radio (BBC, Radio France, Osaka etc.) and on television in the UK, France, Japan and elsewhere (including BBC, Duna, TVR, KBS Kyoto).
In the following season Bálint will be performing concertos by Bartók,
Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky as well as giving many recitals. Bálint
will be returning to the Wigmore Hall on the 4th of July 2008 and shall be
giving live concerts on Bartók radio and making his debut in the USA.
(c) Bálint Székely 2004-2009