I was born on October 10, 1981 in Pásztó. In 1987, at the age of six, I started practicing music on flute in Palotás, where my grandparents lived. In 1989, I enrolled in the Podmaniczky Music School in Aszód for trumpet. Otto Koch became my teacher here. In 1991, I attended the Barcs International Music Camp with my sister, who also played the trumpet. In 1993 I reached the final of the Imre Lubik Trumpet Competition. In the same year we traveled to the sister city of Aszód, Obernburg, with the music school. After my years in Aszód, I was admitted to one of the best conservatories in the country, the Leo Weiner Secondary School of Music, where my teachers were András Kis, Gábor Huszár, István Sztán. From here I went to the Budapest Teacher Training Institute, where I successfully graduated in 2005 under the direction of György Geiger.
My musical career
In 2004, I was selected for the Junge Münchner Philharmonie, where I played Carl Orff’s opera Die Bernauerin conducted by Mark Maast. After graduating, I went on tour, where I was lucky enough to get to know the operettas of J. Strauss: Denevér and Imre Kálmán: Queen Csárdás. From 2007 to 2010 I taught at the Zoltán Kodály Music School in Gyál, while I went to Germany in parallel, because I was invited to a salon band called Musica Hungarica as a solo trumpet player. During my college years, I became interested in jazz, writing my first serious song in 2003, Waiting for You. From 2001, in a self-taught way, I started to deal with jazz music with some friendly help, who helped in the beginning were Ádám Szabó and Gábor Barbinek. In 2012, I was admitted to the jazz department of the Liszt Ferenc University of Music, where my teacher became János Hámori. I graduated from the jazz department in 2015.
From 2001 to 2015 I was in the following bands:
Vác Symphony Orchestra, Ernő Dohnányi Symphony Orchestra, Madách Theater Orchestra, Hungarian Theater Orchestra, Ensemble 4, 6, Budapest Pops Orchestra, Coda Nostra Big Band, Budapest Jazz Orchestra, Modern Art Orchestra, Jazz, Fanzin, Deutsche Orchestra Schule Big Band.
In the summer of 2010, I took part in the Manatee Jazz Camp, where Károly Friedrich taught the mysteries of jazz. In December of the same year, I formed my own band, Szabolcs Sextet Sári, which was soon expanded to seven members.
In 2012, Kartal Blues was among the finalists of the Jazzy Song Contest. With Septet, I took part in many events, including the Szentendre Wine Days, the most patinated cultural institution in Budapest, the Palace of Arts, and the Budapest Jazz Club. In the same year, I toured with the Budapest Operetta Theater in Zurich, where I played the musical Beauty and the Beast on my first trumpet post.
In 2014, our first album, Kartal Blues, was released in an author’s edition, commemorating its home village, Kartal.
In 2015, life took me to Nagykáta, where I spent three years as a teacher. In the same year I had the good fortune to accompany Magdi Rúzsa in the play Magdalena, which was recorded by the Hungarian Television. From 2016, I will strengthen the faculty of the Miklós Földváry Music School in Tápiószentmárton, where I will perform every year with a trio, the band In Memoriam Chet Baker, which I founded in the same year. In 2017 I took part in the Budapest Ragtime Band’s tour in England. I visited the island for the first time.
In 2018, as an orchestral soloist, I attended Quincy Jones ’85th birthday concert, starring Richard Bona, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Radics Gigi, among others.
Also in 2018, my piece The Glass made it to the finals of the Jazzy Song Contest.
Since 2018, I have been a permanent member of the Ratty Jazz Band, a band that plays traditional dixieland music.
My relationship with two bands from Jászberény also dates from 2018. These bands are Cool and the Jazz and An.Er.Jazz Band.
In 2019, I was elected by the management of the Rádz Aladár Music School in Budapest as a trumpet teacher.
I have also been working at my mother school in Aszód since 2019.
Since 2020, I have been a member of a band called the Ray Charles Band, which plays songs by an excellent composer and pianist.
Not only are I employed as a trumpet teacher, I regularly orchestrate the MYNK Quartet, which is a big challenge for me, as this is a string quartet. The MYNK Quartet, in addition to counting on me as an arranger, also draws on my instrumental knowledge. I have already performed with them at the Budafok Wine Days and at the open-air concert in front of the Parliament.
Competitions and results
1993. Obernburg music competition in duo category: 1st place
1993. National Lubik Imre Trumpet Competition: final
1997. National Chamber Music Competition, Szeged: 1st place
2002. National College Competition, Debrecen: final
2003. National College Competition, Debrecen: final
2007. National Tomsits Rudolf jazz trumpet competition: semi-final
2014. Jazzy Radio Song Contest, Kartal Blues: final
2017 International Big Band Meeting, Coda Nostra Big Band: Gold Grade
2017. Ceská Camenice International Big Band Festival, I was waiting for you songwriting / orchestration: III. place
2018th International Big Band Meeting, Coda Nostra Big Band: Gold Grade
2018. Jazzy Radio Song Contest, The Glass: Final
2018. International Songwriting Competition (ISC), The Glass: Semi-Final
Results of my students
2016. Nagykátai Who knows what? – Oravecz Botond: I. place, Szabó Zsolt István: II. placed
2017. Nagykátai Who knows what? – Oravecz Botond: 1st place, Szabó Zsolt István: 1st place
2018. Pest county brass competition, Göd – Oravecz Botond: 1st place
2018. Budapest Stars International Competition – Dániel Kelemen: gold degree, Tamás András Szisz: silver degree
2019. Budapest Stars International Competition – Dániel Kelemen: silver grade, Tamás András Szisz: gold grade
2019. Cegléd Tankereti Who knows what? – Oravecz Botond: special prize
2020. Váci Pikéthy Tibor Secondary School of Music successful admission – Szabó Zsolt István
2021. XV. Imre Lubik National Trumpet Competition final and special prize – Tamás András Szisz
2021. Successful admission to all three conservatories in Budapest – András Szisz Tamás