Recently chosen by preeminent pianist, Sir András Schiff, to be one of three artists for whom he is arranging recitials worldwide in his “Building Bridges” program during the 2017-2018 season, János Palojtay was born in 1987 in Budapest, János started to play the piano at the age of five. At thirteen years old, he was admitted to the Special Class for Exceptional Young Talents at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, from which he graduated in 2011. He studied under András Kemenes, Péter Nagy, and chamber music with Gábor Csalog, Márta Gulyás, and Rita Wagner. Subsequently he received a scholarship for two years study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria in the class of Imre Rohmann. In 2014 he completed the prestigious “Konzertexamen” course at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart under Prof. Kirill Gerstein.
Most prominently, he was awarded Third Prize at XVII. Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition in Santander, Spain (2012). In Budapest, he also obtained Second Prize at the I. International Chopin Competition, received the Gundel Art Prize (2011), and the Bíró Sári Memorial Award (2004).
As a soloist he has been invited to such festivals as “The Gilmore Rising Stars Series” in the United States (2012); Collegium Musicum, Pommersfelden, Germany (2012); the Tiszadob Piano Festival, Hungary (2008) and The Young People Festival, in South Korea (2005).
He has given recitals at the Salle Cortot, Paris, France (2013); the György Ligeti Hall, Graz, Austria (2012); the Piano aux Jacobins, Toulouse, France (2013) and all over Spain and in numerous other European venues.
János Palojtay has been a solo artist with orchestras such as the Budapest Philarmonic Society, the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra and the Savaria Symphony Orchestra, thus gaining the opportunity to collaborate with such conductors as Gergely Madaras, András Deák, Oliver von Dohnányi, and Christopher Hogwood in prominent venues including the Hungarian State Opera and the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall.