After graduating from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 1984, Cecília Bodolai joined the Orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera, where she spent four years. She has been a member of the viola section of the Budapest Festival Orchestra since 1992. As violist in first the Danubius and then the Eckhardt String Quartets, she has taken part in several Hungarian and international festivals, as well as radio and television recordings. Her husband is a bassoonist, choir master and school music teacher. Bálint Mohai, one of her two adult sons, is the principal bassoonist of the Hungarian State Opera.