Laszlo Holics was the first winner of the Sari Biro Memorial Award in 1996 at the age of sixteen. He had begun his piano studies at the age of five, and was accepted at 11 in the Preparatory Class of Extraordinarily Gifted Children at the Liszt Academy (now University) of Music in Budapest as a student of Zsuzsa Eszto. Between 1998-2005 he continued his studies with Kornel Zempleni, Balazs Szokolay, and Attila Nemethy. In 2000, he was awarded a scholarship to study for a semester at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, with professor Jose Feghali. Currently, Holics is a Doctoral student at the Liszt University where he expects to receive his degree this year (2011). The subject of his dissertation is the American composer Howard Hanson.

Between 1992-1996, Holics was a prize winner in numerous international competitions for young pianists in the Czech Republic, Spain, and Morocco, and in 1995, he won First Prize in a competition in Japan. He also won the competition organized by the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe for students of the Liszt University.

Holics has performed throughout Europe and in the USA, and appeared frequently in Budapest concert halls, including the Bela Bartok National Concert Hall. In 2006, he taught piano classes at the Franz Liszt University in Budapest, substituting for internationally known pianist Balazs Szokolay. Currently, he teaches full-time in the Piano Department of the Institute of Musical Arts at the Pecs University of Sciences, and is music critic of Pecs’ bi-monthly cultural newspaper, “Echo.”

Along with performing and teaching, Holics’ other areas of interest are improvisation and composing. In addition to writing symphonic music for three theater productions, he co-authored and orchestrated an original choral work with symphony orchestra. He has also transcribed for piano ten choral works by Zoltan Kodaly.

Holics has long had an interest in applying psychology to instrument practice methods, and is planning to co-author two textbooks focusing on stress reduction techniques and piano practice methods.

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