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I was born in 1970. My father, Kálmán Kostyál is a principal in the Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra, therefore music and the life of an orchestra significantly influenced my whole childhood. I started to play the violin when I was 5 with Krisztina Balsay, then at the Bartók Secondary School of Music and the Liszt Academy it was Dr. Natasa Sós who taught me. I graduated in 1993.

I have been a member of the Festival Orchestra since 1991, but I have always been interested in smaller chamber orchestra productions. I was one of the founding members and principals of the Erkel Ferenc Chamber Orchestra, and later of the Sonora Hungarica Chamber Orchestra as well. At the beginning of the 1990s I was concert master in the Ernő Dohnányi Symphony Orchestra, and performed as a soloist playing the violin and sometimes the viola.

Since 2012 I have been involved in a nice and interesting challenge, the Lanner Quartet, in which (with my friends and colleagues) we are striving to revive the tradition of “home concerts” from the beginning of the 19th century.