“Long live the Talent!”

Seventeen young musicians have had the honour to receive the now fourth time presented Junior Prima Award.

On 25th November, in the course of a gala night held in the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts, The Prima Primissima Awards and the related 7,000-euro prizes were conferred upon young music talents in the Junior category. The award is sponsored by MVM Hungarian Electricity PLC. The selected 14 winners shared on ten prizes, for – besides soloists – once again this year organizers recognised the accomplishments of a chamber orchestra, as well. Among the distinguished young musicians we find: pianist János Balázs Jr., 3rd prize winner of the 2011 Budapest International Ferenc Liszt Piano Competition; soprano Emőke Baráth; jazz guitarist Márton Fenyvesi; the In Medias Brass Quintet; flautist-conductor Gergely Madaras; harpist Anastasia Razvalyaeva; cellist Ditta Rohmann; tenorist Csaba Szegedi; organ master-composer András Gábor Virágh; bass trombonist Csaba Wágner.

Jury members for the present year were as follows: The chairman’s position was filled in by Dr András Batta, Rector of the Budapest Music Academy. In addition, the panel of experts included violin master Kristóf Baráti; piano master-composer Károly Binder, Head of Jazz Department at the Budapest Liszt Academy of Music; pianist Gergely Bogányi, nominee for the Prima Primissima Award; Liszt Prize-winner violoncellist János Devich; composer Gyula Fekete; Liszt Prize laureate trombonist Gusztáv Hőna; concert organiser László Jakobi.

As András Batta said in his welcome speech, “the Prima Primissima Award and its “Junior” category is getting more and more recognised in the world of music.” “Through the young award-winning talents the jury endeavoured to represent the largest variety of Hungarian musical life possible” – he added. Accordingly, not only local musicians or those of the classical field were honoured. And the fact,/ – the Liszt Academy’s Rector continued,/ – that there had never been such a high number of victorious young brass players before counted to be a great success also in the wind line. In a field of instrumental music that had managed to smooth its considerable delay over just a few decades. Dr Batta had ended his talk with this motto-like exclamation of “Long live the Talent!”, later adopted in our headline. Formerly, he had also emphasised that though they did not intend to bind the awarded ones to the homeland in the future, it was still the mission of the committee to make them feel how much Hungary acknowledged and respected their musical genius. (Csaba Wágner and Gergely Madaras have been living abroad for a long time now while Emőke Baráth was staying in France at the time of the ceremony – the editor). Csaba Baji, MD of the Hungarian MVM Group, sponsor of the award provided those present with proclaiming that his company was still committed to Hungarian art of music and to talent care as such. Their ultimate aim is to help in creating genuine values not only in the field of business, but also in social and intellectual life.

Obviously enough, this music award ceremony did not lack for live music either. In the beginning of the gala evening it was János Balázs Jr. who – as we were later informed by András Batta – having mastered it on this special occasion debuted his piano transcription of Ferenc Liszt’s symphonic poem, called Les Preludes there. To bring the ceremony to an end, the In Medias Brass Quintet played two movements of J. S. Bach’s Organ concerto in D minor (BWV 596; after Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto Grosso, Op. 3 No. 11 RV565).

In the upcoming months, keen readers of the virtual music column of will witness regular article series on all the winners, respectively. To start with, let us suggest a video report with the In Medias Brass Quintet for watching. The footage was made at their disc recording and is expected to be released on 29th November.

Fidelio – 26th November 2011