The Hungarian flutist Noémi Győri has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician at major international festivals in 28 countries. Being the first flutist of the programme, she is currently pursuing her doctorate in performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, supported by the Philipp Loubser Foundation. She is principal flutist of the Orchester Jakobsplatz Munich and has been a guest player in outstanding orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic (Vienna State Opera).
Noémi gave her Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 as a First Prize Winner of The Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition. As a recognition for her artistic achievements she was awarded the European Cultural Prize for Young Artists (2011), the Career Prize of the Salon de Virtuosi Foundation New York (2012), the Performers’ Prize of the Artisjus Music Foundation Hungary (2006 and 2009) and she has won the “Annie Fischer Scholarship” of the Filharmonia Hungary three times.
Noémi is Associate Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music and has run her flute studio at the Junior Department of the RNCM since 2011. She has taught masterclasses in Taiwan, the USA, Switzerland, Germany, Georgia, Norway, Hungary, Ireland, South Korea and England. She has recorded for the ORF, Deutschlandfunk,BRF, BBC, WQXR New York, Georgian Radio, Hungarian Radio, Arte and Mezzo TV. Her debut CD featuring Antonio Nava’s flute and guitar music was published in 2011 by Hungaroton.
Noémi is a Miyazawa Flutes artist, she plays a LaFin headjoint and a 14K gold Miyazawa Boston flute, sponsored by the Belgium-based Solti Foundation and the Dutch Philip Loubser Foundation.
Noémi graduated with honours from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music as a student of Prof. Henrik Prőhle in 2007. She completed her post-graduate studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in the class of Prof. Barbara Gisler-Haase and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, studying with Prof. András Adorján.
Born in Budapest in 1981, pianist and Steinway Artist Katalin Csillagh was only ten years old when she played her own compositions in the Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy of Music. She was admitted to the Béla Bartók Conservatory at the age of twelve; and later studied piano under Professor György Nádor at the Liszt Academy of Music where she graduated with top honours in 2005. In 2001 Katalin was awarded a two-year scholarship to The Glenn Gould School of the RCM in Toronto, where she was taught by Professors Leon Fleischer and John Perry. Katalin completed her post-graduate studies under Imre Rohmann at the Mozarteum Salzburg in 2008. She attended masterclasses of Boris Berezovsky, Alberto Portugheis, Jenő Jandó, Oleg Maisenberg, László Baranyay, Ferenc Rados, and the improvisation and composition course of Messiaen’s pupil Emmy Henz-Diémand.
Her talent has been acknowledged at international competitions and through fellowships: she won first prizes at the piano competition of EPTA in London in 1999 and at the chamber music competition of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, London in 2007, and was awarded a scholarship from the Pro Renovanda Cultura Hungariae Foundation during her studies. Katalin has given concerts in Vienna, London, Toronto, Buenos Aires, New York, Salzburg, Munich, Bayreuth, Nice and at several European festivals. In 2010 she played music by Piazzolla for two pianos with Martha Argerich in London at the “Argentina200” Festival. In 2007 she had the honour of representing Hungary at the Hungarian Cultural Centre in London under the aegis of the Kodály Jubilee Year.
Her CDs – Sonatas (SW 2000), Shades of Bach (BMC 2001) Chopin’s 24 Preludes and Improvisations (SW 2008) and Astor (SW 2008) – have achieved great success in several countries. Since 2013 Katalin has been a professor at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest and is also a guest professor of the CSI Summer Academy. She is currently working on her PhD, focusing on female composers.