Budapest Festival Orchestra

Rudolf Szitka


Clarinetist Rudolf Szitka graduated from the Liszt Academy in 1997 having been a student of Béla Kovács and Zsolt Szatmári. In 1994 he was runner-up at the Vienna-Prague-Budapest Chamber Music Competition, and the same year he won third prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Trapani (Sicily). In 1996 he won first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Paris as a member of the Concordia Wind Quintet. That same year he also won the Competition of Young Clarinetists in Paris, organised by the ICA. Between 1993 and 2011 he was a member of the Orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera, while between 1999 and 2000 he was the principal clarinetist of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. Since 1997 he’s been teaching clarinet at the Béla Bartók Music Institute at the University of Miskolc, where he has now also become a reader and the head of the Wind Department. He won the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s Sándor Végh competition in 2009. In 2010 he was a soloist in the BFO’s Haydn-Mozart Plus series, which was conducted by Leonidas Kavakos. During the BFO’s 2011 Schubert Marathon he was a soloist to the MÁV Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy. In 2013, he received his PhD from the Liszt Academy.

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