CSÁKI András



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Andras Csaki was born in 1981 in Budapest (Hungary).

He started playing the guitar at age 11 at the Adam Jeno Music School in Budapest’s District IX. Since 1996 he was a student of Professor Sandor Szilvagyi in Bela Bartok Conservatory of Music in Budapest, and after graduation he carried on his studies with Professor Ede Roth and Professor Balazs Arnoth in the College of Music, in Győr. In 2002 he was admitted to the guitar faculty of Ferenc Liszt University of Music (Academy of Music) in Budapest, where he has been instructed by Professor Josef Eotvos. He graduated from the Liszt Academy magna cum laude in 2007. From 2007 he is a full-time DLA (Doctor of Liberal Arts) student at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In 2008 he received Annie Fischer scholarship for performing arts in music. Since 2002 he is a soloist for the Bartok Radio Budapest. He became an instructor at the Bartok Conservatory in 2005.

Since his juvenile he has been attending both inland and foreign master courses. Among others he has participated in the courses of Leo Brower, Remi Boucher, Abel Carlevaro, Costas Cotsiolis, Aniello Desiderio, Alirio Diaz, Zoran Dukic, Tilmann Hoppstock, Goran Krivokapic, Wolfgang Lendle, Carlo Marchione, Pablo Marquez, Thomas Müller-Pehring, Judicaël Perroy, David Russel, Martin Myslivecek, Pavel Steidl, Josef Zsapka. Barna Kovacs, Peter Katona (Katona Twins) and the conductor-pianist Tamas Vasary.

He has played an active role in national and international guitar concert life. He has had successful recitals in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Croatia, in the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Poland, Germany, Rumania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, in the United States and Japan. Besides, he has also had the opportunity to perform concertinos with several symphony orchestras.

Since 1997 he has been successfully taking part in international music and guitar competitions.

He has won the following first prizes:

1999 – IV. Anna Amalia Jugend Gitarrenwettbewerb (Weimar);
1999 – XXVI. Dr. Luis Sigall Musical Contest (Vina del Mar, Chile);
2003 – Johann Kaspar Mertz International Guitar Competition (Bratislava);
2004 – John Duarte International Guitar Competition (Rust, Austria);
2004 – Jan Edmund Jurkowski International Guitar Competition (Tychy, Poland);
2005 – XXXV. International Jeunesses Musicales Competition (Belgrade);
2005 – Forum Gitarre X. International Guitar Competition (Vienna);
2008 – 51st Tokyo International Guitar Competition (Tokyo, Japan).

He has won the following 2nd prizes:

2006 – Karl Scheit International Guitar Competition (Vienna, Austria);
2006 – Michelle Pittaluga International Guitar Competition (Alessandria, Italy);
2007 – I. International Guitar Competition (Split, Croatia);
2008 – Printemps de la Guitare International Guitar Competition (Charleroi, Belgium);
2009 – X. Julián Arcas International Classical Guitar Competition (Almeria, Spain).

He has won a 3rd prize:

2006 – Alirio Diaz International Guitar Competition (Carora, Venezuela).

He has won the following special prizes:

1999 – IV. Anna Amalia  International Guitar Competition (Weimar, Deutschland): “Sonderpreis für die beste Interpretation eines Werkes der Klassik”;
1999 – XXVI. Dr. Luis Sigall Musical Contest (Vina del Mar, Chile): Isidor Handler;
2005 – XXXV. International Jeunesses Musicales Competition (Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro): „Best performer”;
2006 – Alirio Diaz International Guitar Competition (Carora, Venezuela): “Mejor intérprete de piezas de Johann Sebastian Bach en la Primera y Segunda Ronda Eliminatoria de este concurso”;
2007 – I. International Guitar Competition (Split, Croatia): “Most perspective guitarist of all competition”

Besides his soloist ambitions he attaches a great importance to chamber music. He has been a member of Excanto Ensemble Budapest since 1998, which consort has a great repertoire of renaissance and baroque tune. 2 CD-s of the consort was published in Budapest. They have had several successful performances together in Hungary and abroad as well.

He started teaching from 2005. He held master courses in Hungary and abroad to, in France, in Greece and in the United States. Since September 2005 he has been giving guitar lessons at Bela Bartok Conservatory of Music in Budapest.