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Gábor Boldoczki
Hometown: Budapest
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Gábor Boldoczki was born in 1976 and grew up in Kiskörös, Hungary. With his brilliant play he is the exceptional
trumpeter of his generation. Thus, it is not surprising that the renowned German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung
named Gábor Boldoczki “the worthy successor” of the all time trumpet king Maurice André. The international press
also calls him a magnificent trumpet virtuoso.
At the age of 14 this young exceptional trumpeter won the first prize at the National Trumpet Competition in
Zalaegerszeg, Hungary. Following his studies at the L.-Weiner-Conservatory, the young musician continued at the
Franz Liszt Conservatory in Budapest and as a master class student under Professor Reinhold Friedrich before
starting his international solo career. By winning the internationally renowned music competition of the ARD in Munich,
Boldoczki celebrated his final breakthrough at the young age of 21. He then received the “Grand Prix de la Ville de
Paris” at the most distinguished trumpet competition of all – the Third International Maurice André Competition in
Paris. In August 1999, Gábor Boldoczki received the coveted Prix Davidoff of the Reemtsma-Foundation for his
“technical perfection and fully-developed artistic virtuosity”, followed by the highly esteemed Prix Young Artist of the
Year in 2002. After previously being awarded the Echo Klassik as Best Newcomer in October 2003, Gábor Boldoczki
was again honoured by the German Phono Academy in 2008 as Instrumentalist of the Year.
During his European tour he performs with well known orchestras (e.g. Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Berlin Symphony
Orchestra, Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra, Festival Orchestra Budapest, Hungarian National Philharmonic
Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Cannes Symphony Orchestra, Prague
Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra) and chamber orchestras (e.g. Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra,
Camerata Salzburg, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Munich Bach Collegium, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Munich
Chamber Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Haydn Philharmonie, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Moscow
Soloists, Vilnius Festival Orchestra, Dresdner Kapellsolisten, Bach Orchestra of the Gewandhaus Leipzig,
Wuerttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn) and, furthermore, he gives gala concerts with Edita Gruberova.
Boldoczki was the first trumpet soloist worldwide to be invited to perform the trumpet concerts of Michael Haydn at the
Salzburg festival. He gives regularly guest performances at the renowned concert halls such as Musikverein Vienna,
Philharmonie Berlin, KKL Lucerne, Palace of Arts in Budapest, among others. Furthermore, he follows concert
invitations to South America and China. For considerable time he has been in demand for contemporary music and
their world premiere performances. Gábor Boldoczki accompanied for example Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata
Baltica for the world premiere performance of Georg Peleci’s “Revelation“ at the music festival “Les muséiques” in
Basel. At the International Music Festival in Dubrovnik he premiered the Trumpet Concerto by Boris Papandopulo.
The trade magazine Fono Forum reviewed the CD-recording for SonyBMG with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra as
follows: “Boldoczki performs the concertos more elegantly, more smoothly, and more naturally than any of his
competitors … soft, long phrases characterize his Haydn interpretations. The variable tone is one of the many details
that make Boldoczki’s recording so worth listening to.” Sony BMG released further recordings together with the Franz
Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the chamber orchestra “I musici di Roma” and the Sinfonia Varsovia.
Together with Hedwig Bilgram and László Fenyı he recorded his new CD “Gloria” that includes sonatas for trumpet
and organ as well as sonatas for trumpet, cello and harpsichord. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote: “Gábor
Boldoczki’s virtuoso playing techniques permit breath-taking tempi and wide coloratura binds; his even tone makes
the perfect adversary to László Fenyı’s dance-like, light bow stroke and Hedwig Bilgram’s lively continuo. Boldoczki
has often been compared to Maurice André, whom Bilgram worked with for over thirty years. A tradition of Baroque
trumpet performance is being continued here, possibly lighter, lively, contemporary.”
Boldoczki’s “extremely fine and characterful” Shostakovich recording for piano, trumpet and orchestra partnered by
the Gulbenkian Orchestra led by Lawrence Foster and the pianist Lise de la Salle was selected by the Grammophone
Magazine as “Disc of the Month” in April 2008.
Awarded the Soloist Prize, Gábor Boldoczki will follow an invitation as Artist in Residence at the Festspiele
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2010. Gábor Boldoczki will debut at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with the Netherlands
Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yakov Kreizberg in December 2010.
His versatile repertoire ranges from Bach to Penderecki, from Vivaldi to Shostakovich to Hindemith, Takemitsu and
Arvo Pärt. Gábor Boldoczki performs on B&S instruments

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