Music was and is an essential part of daily life in Hungary.

Sir Georg Solti

Liszt Academy lecturers received artistic awards

22 March 2022

Several lecturers of the Liszt Academy received prestigious state awards on the occasion of the March 15national holiday.

Dr. Miklós Kásler, Minister of Human Resources, and Csaba Latorcai, Deputy State Secretary, presented the awards on Thursday in the Pest Vigadó.

Violinist Ádám Banda, assistant professor at the String Department of the Liszt Academy and guitarist András Csáki, habilitated associate professor at the Liszt Academy received the Ferenc Liszt Prize in recognition of their outstanding musical performing arts activities. The award was also presented to singer Mónika Fischl, actor at the Budapest Operetta Theater, Csaba Nagy, who plays the ‘tárogató’ - a traditional Hungarian woodwind instrument, and Gabriella Számadó, opera singer at the Hungarian State Opera House.

Composer Máté Balogh, assistant professor at the Liszt Academy, and conductor and composer Ilona Dobszay-Meskó, teacher at the Béla Bartók Conservatory operated by the Liszt Academy, were awarded the Ferenc Erkel Prize in recognition of their outstanding work as composer and music director.

Lóránt Péteri, music historian and head of department at the Liszt Academy, received the Bence Szabolcsi Award for his outstanding activities in the field of musicology and music criticism and for promoting music education.


Máté Balogh, Balázs Szokolay, Lóránt Péteri, András Csáki, Ádám Banda 


In addition, the Jászai -, József Attila- and Munkácsy Awards, as well as the awards for outstanding work in the field of health care and the ministerial diplomas of appreciation were also presented at the event.

On Thursday evening, Ferenc Liszt Prize-winning pianist Balázs Szokolay, lecturer at the Liszt Academy, was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit by Péter Fekete, Secretary of State for Culture, at a ceremony at the Uránia National Film Theater.