Tamás Pálfalvi


Born in 1991, Tamás PÁLFALVI began playing the trumpet at the age of seven, and then studied at the Leó Weiner Conservatory of Music in Budapest. He started his university studies at the Bard College in New York, and later he was admitted to the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, where he currently completes his last semester as a student of Gábor Boldoczki. While still in secondary music school, he won the first prize of the National Trumpet Competition in Hungary. In 2008 he was awarded the Talent of Prague Prize, and was invited to perform Hummel's Trumpet Concerto as a soloist with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Tamás has been honored at several European competitions (including Chieri and Timisoara), he was finalist at the National Trumpet Competition of American Universities, and received special award at the International Chicago Brass Festival. In 2009 he performed with Gábor Boldoczki and the Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra. He was also featured at the concerts of the Hamburger Camerata, the Mecklenburg Kammersolisten, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as well as several outstanding Hungarian ensembles, and appeared in such prestigious concert venues as the Carnegie Hall, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the art centers of Hong Kong, Beijing and Sapporo. In 2013 he won the Junior Prize of the 14th Gheorghe Dima International Trumpet Competition held in Cluj‑Napoca. As the first winner of the inaugural Fanny Mendelssohn Scholarship announced in spring 2014, he received a recording contract to make his debut album, while in March 2015 he won the shared scholarship of the Yamaha Music Europe GmbH. He will give a solo recital at the Liszt Academy in spring 2016 as part of the concert series which presents the most prominent young talents of the Academy.

Tamás has actually chosen the trumpet as his instrument by way of chance: since at the music school in Salgótarján there was no place in the percussion class (where he originally wanted to enroll), he had to find another instrument. As a child he found lip trills and the sound on the mouthpiece very funny, so it was evidently decided that he would start learning the trumpet. He thinks it is important to start each day with a specific plan and to always have some inspiration – it can come from a rock'n roll album or simply from the sunshine. In his spare time he likes to read scientific works on astronomy, physics and philosophy. Currently, he is working on a new solo album with the Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra.

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NamePálfalvi, Tamás
Main languageHungarian
Additional languages English,  German 
attended UniversitiesFrany Liszt Academy