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Flautist Zsuzsanna Kovács-Madai was born in Debrecen, where she first began to study music under Mrs Dr Gábor Becsky. She later attended the Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music as a student of Zoltán Gyöngyössy and Eszter Alföldy–Boruss. She met success at two international flute competitions in Paris in 2005 and in Thessaloniki in 2007. In 2007 she won first prize at the Hartai Flute Competition. In 2008 she graduated as a flautist and teacher from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, in the class of Zoltán Gyöngyössy. From September 2009 she has been continuing her musical studies as a doctoral candidate at the Liszt Academy.
Kovács-Madai has attended master classes by István Matuz, László Hadady, Auréle Nicolet and Anders Ljungar Chapelon. Between 2004 and 2010 she was a member of the Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, under the artistic direction of Domonkos Héja. From 2003 to 2008 she regularly performed with such chamber music ensembles as the ‘Ad Libitum’ Wind Quintet, with whom she won third and second prizes in 2004 and 2008 respectively. As a member of the ‘THReNSeMBle’ Sextet, founded in 2007, she has performed works mainly by the younger generation of composers. She has a significant and varied musical repertoire and a wide range of musical interests. Zsuzsanna has been playing the flute and piccolo in the Budapest Festival Orchestra since 2009.