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Gábor Boldoczki (Trumpet)

Born: 1976 - Kiskörös, Hungary

The Hungarian trumpeter, Gábor Boldoczki, was born and grew up in Kiskörös, Hungary. 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.

After his celebrated debut at the Salzburg Festival 2004, the Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten ran the headline: "A softly tongued articulation, the greatest agility, an extremely self-confident embouchure, a coloratura style ... a soloist of this quality refines every piece of music." 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.

During his European tour Gábor Boldoczki performs with well known orchestras (e.g. Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Berliner Symphoniker, Gulbenkian 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. Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Bach-Collegium München, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Münchener Kammerorchester, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Haydn Philharmonie, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Soloists, Vilnius Festival Orchestra, Dresdner Kapellsolisten, Bach Orchestra of the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn) and, furthermore, he gives gala concerts with Edita Gruberová. His chamber music partners have included the violinist Kristóf Baráti.

Gábor Boldoczki 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 Zürcher Kammerorchester 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 Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the chamber orchestra "I musici di Roma" and the Sinfonia Varsovia. Together with Hedwig Bilgram and László Fenyő 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 Fenyő'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" Dmitri 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 Antonio Vivaldi to D. Shostakovich to Paul Hindemith, Takemitsu and Arvo Pärt. Gábor Boldoczki performs on B&S instruments.

Source: Gábor Boldoczki Website (Photos: © Marco Borggreve 2010)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2010)

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