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Bálint Mohai

Bassoon / Hungary

Bálint Mohai began learning to play the bassoon in 2004 at Béla Bartók Music Conservatory in Budapest under the guidance of József Vajda. In 2008, he began studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in the class of Istvan Hartenstein, and completed them 3 years later. It was also then that he began Master’s studies at the Berlin University of the Arts, where he learnt under professor Eckart Hübner.

He achieved his first success in 2008, when he won the 1st prize and special prize in the prestigious 42nd International Radio Competition for Young Musicians “Concertino Praga”. Thanks to this, he made his debut as a soloist with the Prague Radio Orchestra at the Rudolfinum’s Dvořák Hall
in Prague. In the following years, he was invited by EMCY association to take part in the concert tour entitled “Stars of Tomorrow”. He had the opportunity to cooperate with Lionel Cottet and record with him Duet for Bassoon and Cello by Mozart at the Bavarian Radio. In 2010, he became the winner of the First Talent Competition at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, sponsored by European Union’s Cultural Program.

He is the winner of many international competitions and beneficiary
of numerous scholarships. At the age of 24, he became the principal bassoonist
of the Hungarian State Opera and Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. He has cooperated with many well-known European orchestras, as well as chamber orchestras and ensembles. In 2016, he formed Budapest Wind Quintet with his friends. He has played under the direction of the following well-known conductors: Johannes Klumpp, Léos Svárovsky, Ondrej Olos, Stanley Dods, Tibor Szabó, Gábor Werner and Alexander Apolín. He regularly takes part in radio
and television recordings as a soloist and chamber musician.

Since 2015, he has been a professor of bassoon at the Hungarian Division of Vienna Conservatory in Budapest.

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