Pálfalvi sets new standards for trumpet playing with a breathtaking proficiency that seems almost acrobatic at times.
Even more striking are the virtuoso’s groundbreaking programmatic ideas.
(MDR Figaro)

His one of a kind technical skills aside, Hungarian Tamás Pálfalvi already stands out as one of the most visionary and innovative trumpet players of today.

In 2019/2020 he will be making recital debuts at Mozarteum Salzburg, and at Ludwigsburg Festival together with organ virtuoso Christian Schmitt, perform Peter Eötvös’ trumpet concerto Jet Stream with the Czech Philharmonic, and will return to the Zurich Chamber Orchestra to play Shostakovich’s concerto for trumpet, piano and orchestra with pianist Jan Lisiecki.

Highlights of the past season include his Hong Kong debut with Hong Kong Sinfonietta and concerts at the Aspen Music Festival. He was recently one of Rolando Villazón’s protégés on the German TV series Stars of Tomorrow. He has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, with the Camerata Salzburg at the Rheingau Musik Festival and with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. He has performed at the Beethoven Festival Warsaw, and in recital at the Al Bustan Festival, the KKL Luzern, and with organist Christian Schmitt at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie.

As one of the ECHO Rising Stars 2017/2018 he performed in major concert halls across Europe such as the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Auditori Barcelona, the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Lisbon, the Konzerthaus in Dortmund, and the BOZAR in Brussels. In October 2017 in his debut at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, he performed the world premiere of  the piece Sentimental for solo trumpet by Peter Eötvös, with whom he enjoys close cooperation.

Pálfalvi’s recording Agitato, with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra on the label Berlin Classics, has received praise for the versatile programming. Works by Vivaldi, Telemann and Händel are programmed beside contemporary works by Ligeti, Kagel and Dubrovay. The album was met with rave reviews internationally and the Bayerischer Rundfunk listed it as CD of the Month and Norddeutscher Rundfunk as CD of the Week.

Pálfalvi has received numerous international awards, including the WEMAG Soloist Award at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, First Prize of the Hungarian National Trumpet Competition, and the Junior Prima Prize, the most important recognition for young musicians in Hungary. He was awarded the first prizeat the Fanny-Mendelssohn-Förderpreis in 2015 for his enormous virtuosity, stage presence and an extraordinary programming.

Since September 2019, he has been appointed professor of trumpet at Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He will be performing with his brass ensemble In Medias Brass, and as principal trumpet for the Budapest Festival Orchestra, will tour internationally with renowned conductor Iván Fischer.


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December 2019

Website: http://tamaspalfalvi.com

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Title: Agitato
Composer: Various
Other Artists: Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra
Released: 2015
Label: Berlin Classics

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Concerto Repertoire

Selection

André Jolivet                    Concerto No. 2 for Trumpet and Orchestra
(1905-1974)
Lászsló Dubrovay           Trumpet Concerto No. 3
(*1943)
Alexander Arutjunjan  Trumpet Concerto
(1920-2012)
Pablo de Sarasate           Trumpet Concerto Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20
(1844-1908)

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AROUND THE WORLD

HK Gruber 
(*1943)
Exposed Throat  13:00’
for solo trumpet
Antoine Tisné
(1932-1998)
Emotion 19:00’
for trumpet and dance   
                                  ~ Intermission ~
Vincent Persichetti 
(1915-1987)
Parable XIV, Op. 127 5:00’
for trumpet and dance
Yan Maresz 
(*1966)
Metallics 11:00’
for trumpet and electronics
Peter Eötvös 
(*1944)
Sentimental 10:00’
for solo trumpet
Robert Erickson
(1917-1997)
Kryl 7:00’
for solo trumpe
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BAROQUE

Jeremiah Clarke
(1674-1707)
Suite in D major 11:00’
for solo trumpet
Johann Pachelbel
(1653-1706)
Ciacona in F minor 19:00’
for organ solo 
Remo Giazotto /
Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni
Adagio in G minor 6:00’
for organ and trumpet
Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)
Prelude in E-flat major, BWV 552 9:00’
for organ and trumpet
Georg Philipp Telemann
(1681-1767)
12 Marches héroiques, TWV 50:31-42 20:00’
for organ and trumpet
Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)
Fugue in E-flat major, BWV 552 6:00′
for organ and trumpet
Georg Friedrich Händel
(1685-1759)
Suite in D major, HWV 341 8:00’
or organ and trumpet
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CHRISTMAS

Jeremiah Clarke
(1674-1707)
Suite in D major 11:00’
8 Movements
Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)
Pastorale in F major, BWV 590 10:00’
Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)
„Jesus bleibet meine Freude“, BWV 147 4:00’
Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)
Suite No.3 in D major BWV 1068 9:00’
II. Air
Marcel Dupré
(1886-1971)
Variations sur un Noël, Op. 20 12:00’ 
Giulio Caccini
(1551-1618)
Ave Maria 5:00’
Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni
(1671-1751) /
Remo Giazotto
(1910-1998)

Adagio in G minor 6:00’

Georg Friedrich Händel
(1685-1759)

Gloria in Excelsis Deo 4:00’

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VIRTUOSO

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)
Concerto in D Major, BWV 972 8:00’
After Vivaldi Violin Concerto RV 230
Charles-Marie Widor
(1844-1937)
Organ Symphony No. 4, Op. 13 8:00’
IV.       Adagio
George Enescu
(1881-1955)
Légende 7:00’
for trumpet solo
Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)
Great Fantasia and Fugue in G minor,
BWV 542 12:00’
Robert Erickson
(1917-1997)
Kryl 7:00’
for trumpet solo
                                                   ~ Intermission ~
Naji Hakim
(*1955)
Sonata for Trumpet and Organ 11:00’
II.             Allegro con spirito
I.               Moderato
Petr Eben
(*1976)
Ókna (Windows) 24:00’
for organ and trumpet
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