Now one of the foremost young pianists in Hungary, Emese Mali received the
Sari Biro Memorial Award in 1999 when she was 19.

In 2000 and 2001, Mali studied with Imre Rohmann at the Mozarteum University of Music in Salzburg. She graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy (now University) of Music in 2004 after studying with Katalin Schweitzer, Gyorgy Nador, Balazs Reti, and Marta Gulyas. In 2005, Mali was invited to perform and give a master class at the Conservatory of Music in San Francisco, in honor of Liszt’s birthday. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at the Liszt University, where she has been teaching since 2009. The topic of her dissertation is the piano sonatas of Johann Nepomuk Hummel.

Mali’s awards include First Prize in Budapest’s 2000 Andor Foldes Competition; Grand Prize in the 2004 Los Angeles International Franz Liszt Piano Competition; and the Annie Fischer Performance Scholarship for the years 2004, 2005, and 2006. She was given a special prize by the International Mozart Foundation at its competition in Salzburg.

A soloist with the Hungarian National Philharmonic, the Budapest Spring Festival orchestra, the MAV Symphony Orchestra, the Gyor Philharmonic, and the Danube Symphony Orchestra, Mali now regularly appears with Andras Keller and the Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra, and with Zoltan Racz and the UMZE (Uj Magyar Zene Egyesulete) chamber orchestra, which specializes in playing contemporary music. She has given concerts at many venues including the Piano Festival Tiszadob, the Franz Liszt Festival in Sopron, and the Opera Festival in Miskolc. Her international engagements have included recitals at the Schloss Mirabell, Salzburg; Kensington Palace, London; the Arcopolium Festival, Carthage; and at the “Liszt and His Contemporaries” Festival in Velke Brezno, Czech Republic, as well as performances in cities throughout Europe, and in Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Mali enjoys playing chamber music with, among others, cellist Miklos Perenyi and soprano Veronika Kincses, and with the Budapest Wind Ensemble, and the Budapest Saxophone Quartet. Together with flutist Dora Seres, Mali performed in Boston, Paris, and Mauritius. Their debut recording Flautissimo for Hungaroton Records was issued in 2004. Mali’s current chamber music partner is cellist Ditta Rohmann. They won two prizes at a chamber music competition in 2003 in Trieste, and they are now frequent collaborators on the Hungarian music scene. In 2008, they performed in Tunisia.

In the 2010 season, Mali participated in the International Musicians’ Seminar in
Prussia Cove, England.

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