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Recognized for his inspired performances and beautiful tone, Hungarian musician Balázs Rumy has served as principal clarinetist of both the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna, Austria and the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. He has performed with these orchestras in many of the best concert halls in Europe, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein and Milan’s La Scala. An accomplished chamber musician, Mr. Rumy has performed in chamber music concerts throughout Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland and Hungary, and has played in several international music festivals, including Spain’s Santander International Festival, Germany’s Collegium Musicum in Pommersfelden and Hungary’s Budapest Autumn Festival. A prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including the 62nd Geneva Competition (2007 Concours de Geneve), the 2009 Carl Nielsen International Competition (Denmark) and the 2010 Giuseppe Tassis Competition (Italy), he participated (through invitation) in the annual conference of the International Clarinet Association in both Japan and in the United States, for three consecutive years.

Mr. Rumy’s 2013-14 season includes recitals, chamber music and orchestral concerts in Hungary. As the winner of Juilliard’s Leo Ruiz Memorial Recital Award, he will make his Weill Recital Hall Debut in Carnegie Hall on 13 November with pianist Deborah Lee. The program consists of 20th century music inspired by folklore and folksongs by East-European composers.

In September 2012 he performed in Pam Tanowitz’s piece (featuring Charles Wuorinen’s Fortune) played at the Fall for Dance festival in New York City Center, he gave a recital at the Hungarian Consulate in January 2013, organized by Charlotte White’s Salon de Virtuosi and as a SYLFF Fellow, Mr. Rumy traveled to Vienna in April 2013 and to Japan in November 2010 to participate in Juilliard chamber music projects. Of his September 25, 2011 performance with the New Juilliard Ensemble of Carmen Moore’s Concerto for Ornette, Steve Smith of The New York Times wrote, “Within the ensemble, another saxophonist, Balazs Rumy, played sweetly in written material; one gorgeous passage that paired Mr. Rumy with Lauren Williams on English horn suggested what could have been the homegrown American sound Dvorak imagined.”

In addition to his competition honors, Balázs Rumy is the recipient of several scholarships, including an Annie Fischer Scholarship of Performance, a Loránd Eötvös Scholarship from the Hungarian Government, a Gustav Mahler Orchestra Academy Scholarship, a Scholarship from the Swiss Government and a Róbert Kovács Scholarship. In 2011 he was awarded Juilliard’s MAP and IMP Fellowships. He taught clarinet both in individual and group lessons at Juilliard and at New York City’s Public School 46 throughout the school year.

Mr. Rumy was born in Székesféhervár, Hungary in 1983, and studied piano before turning to the clarinet. He holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, a Soloist Diploma from the Conservatory of Geneva, Switzerland and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School. His main professors were Béla Kovács, Thomas Friedli, Romain Guyot, Jean-Michel Bertelli and Charles Neidich. Additional studies have been at the Tibor Varga Academy in Sion, Switzerland and master classes with Charles Neidich in Weimar, Germany. In the fall of 2012, he moved back to Hungary, where he currently serves as co-principal clarinet of the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok and he is enrolled as a doctoral student at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. When his schedule permits, Mr. Rumy indulges in his hobbies: traveling, cooking and photographing.






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Upcoming concerts:

March 30, 2014, 5pm

Bartók: Contrasts (Ádám Banda, Ilona Prunyi, Pesti Vigadó, Budapest Spring Festival)


May 25, 2014, 7pm

Bartók: Contrasts (András Keller, Gábor Csalog, BMC)

August 9, 2014

Recital with Deborah Lee






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Balázs Rumy
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