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Cellist Tamas Zetenyi plays Liszt at the Library of Congress
‘… Zetenyi is a sensitive musician, obviously deeply committed to Liszt’s chamber music and in tune with the composer’s darker moods. Zetenyi has a vibrato that he uses with infinite variety and that mirrors every shade of emotion. Indeed, at times he uses none and projects wispy sounds with eerie overtones.’
(Joan Reinthaler, The Washington Post, 06/01/2011)

Tamás Zétényi

Tamás Zétényi

Tamás Zétényi is an active member of the Hungarian chamber music scene. He plays dozens of concerts a year with such ensembles as UMZE, ZAK Ensemble, THReNSeMBle, Componensemble, CentriFUGA or Rondino Ensemble. He is a founding member of Classicus Ensemble, of Classicus Quartet and of Trio Passacaglia, and has also participated in theatre productions of Krétakör and Alföldi Róbert.

Classicus Ensemble is Artist-in Residence at Central European University. Tamás has organised, and played more 70 different programs with the ensemble, including high profile occasions such as a ‘Kurtág 90’ festival, concerts at the Liszt Academy, a tour in the USA, collaboration with the world famous jazz guitarist Gábor Gadó, and a festival featuring chamber music transcription of all Beethoven symphonies. With the Ensemble he has invited such guests as István VárdaiEmőke Baráth.

A spinoff of Classicus Ensemble is the string quartet Classicus Quartet. In the past two years Classicus Quartet has played several concerts in Hungary and abroad, including live radio broadcasts, premiers of new compositions, a tour in Switzerland and concerts at the Liszt Academy.

Tamás Zétényi also performs regularly as a soloist. He has played solo concerts in many countries of Europe and in the USA, including an all-Liszt recital in the Library of Congress, Washington DC. As a dedicated performer of new music he has collaborated with a number of composers, playing first performances of pieces by Balogh Máté, Dargay Marcell, members of the CentriFUGA group, and Sándor László.

Tamás Zétényi has completed and submitted his doctoral thesis ‘The Late Chamber Music of Franz Liszt’ at the Liszt Academy, under the supervision of Lóránt Péteri.

In 2010/11 he was  Visiting Fellow at Bard College, where he organized chamber music activities and performed at concerts. As a member of the Kalmia String Quartet he made recordings with Navona and  Albany, and performed at several concerts, including an appearance in Jordan Hall, Boston.

Tamás Zétényi was born in Budapest in 1985. He started playing the cello at the age of five. After winning the Starker Competition in 2004, he became a student of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. He also studied at Universität der Künste, Berlin, and at Bard College, New York State, USA. After his studies he worked with István Varga to refine his cello playing. He has visited master classes of such cellists as Miklós Perényi, László Fenyő, Tamás Mérei, Heinrich Schiff, Irene Sharp, Guido Schiefen and Wolfgang Boettcher. During his years of education, Tamás has played in distinguished orchestras, including the Danube Symphony Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra, and the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra.

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