Zsolt Fejérvári - double bass

Zsolt Fejérvári studied with Zoltán Tibay and Péter Kubina at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest.

Still a student of the Academy he was awarded with a special prize at the International Competition of Markneukirchen and became principal double bass player of the Munich Chamber Orchestra.

Between 1994 and 2000 Zsolt Fejérvári lead the bass section of the Budapest Festival Orchestra followed by three years spent in the Geneva-based Orchetra of the Suisse Romande. Since 2003 he has been member again of the BFO.

On his first Hungaroton recording he plays concertos for double-bass and orchestra by Sperger and Vanhal (both friends of Mozart) with the Erkel Chamber Orchestra. He plays the solo part on Naxos' recent world premiere recording of the bass concerto 'Fantasia Hungarica' by Eugene Zador.

In 1996 he won the Second Prize of the 'Giovanni Bottesini' International Double Bass Competition (no first prize awarded). He has been winner five times of the 'Sándor Végh' Competition of the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

In 1996 he was personally invited by Sir Georg Solti to the celebrating concert "50th anniversary of UN", Geneva, as member of the "World Orchestra for Peace" in which 78 players of the world's leading orchestras were participating.

He plays regularly with his friends, the Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Kodály Quartet (their recording at Naxos of the Octet of Bruch won several nominations and prizes), members of the Bartók, Kodály, Éder and Auer Quartet. His chamber music partners were among others: Nicolas Altstaedt, Kristóf Baráti, Diego Chenna, jonathan Cohen, László Fenyő, Balázs Fülei, josé Gallardo, Zoltán Gál, Márta Gulyás, Giovanni Guzzo, Alina Ibragimova, Nobuko Imai, Kim Kashkashian, Zoltán Kocsis, György Konrád, Alexei Liubimov, Yuri Martinov, Csaba Onczay, Alina Pogostkina, Zoltán Rácz, Gustav Rivinius, Rafael Rosenfeld, Adam Romer, Maxim Rysanov, Vilmos Szabadi, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Milan Turkovic, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Alexander Rudin, István Várdai, Tamás Varga.

He has been invited to the Chamber Orchestra of the 'Musikdorf Ernen' (György Sebők-Festival). He is regularly invited to András Schiff's own chamber orchestra, the 'Cappella Andrea Barca', to the Geneva-based 'Camerata Bellerive' led by  Gábor Takács-Nagy, to the Kaposvár International Chamber Music Festival, to the Lockenhaus International Chamber Music Festival (founder Gidon Kremer, artistic director: Nicolas Altstaedt, as well to the chamber music festival 'kamara.hu' of Izabella Simon and Dénes Várjon.

As soloist of double-bass concertos he worked with conductors like Iván Fischer, Mark Wigglesworth, Leonidas Kavakos, Gábor Takács-Nagy at venues like the London Royal Festival Hall or the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

He teaches at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest as lecturer..

Zsolt Fejérvári plays a wonderful bass made by Brücknert offered to the Budapest Festival Orchestra by Lord Rothermere. On his solo appearances he plays a bass made for him by Stefan Krattenmacher.

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