László Pólus


László Pólus
orchestra member, principal cello
Education and training:
Zoltán Kodály High School of Music, Debrecen, teacher: László Papp (1986-1990)
Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest - graduated as a cellist and teacher of cello, teacher: László Mező (1990-1995)
Musikakademie der Stadt Basel, post-graduate training, teacher: Thomas Demenga (1995-1996)
University of Pécs Faculty of Arts Doctoral School (2009-2012)
Master classes:
RNCM Cello Festival, Manchester - David Geringas (1996)
Uzi Wiesel, Budapest (1995)
Csaba Onczay, Budapest and Keszthely (1991, 1993)
Miklós Perényi, Szombathely (1990, 1993)

Competitions:
Hungarian Radio Cello Competition - special prize (1998)
Ferenc Liszt Music Academy's Popper Cello Competition - first prize (1994)

Awards and recognitions:
Artisjus Award, as a member of the Somogyi String Quartet (1999)
Juventus Award as a member of the Hungarian State Opera (2002)
János Ferencsik Commemorative Award (2016)
Orchestra Musician of the Season (2016)

Professional career:
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra - principal cello (1996-), solo cello (2009-)
Somogyi String Quartet - member (1998 -)
University of Pécs Faculty of Arts Institute of Music - teacher of cello as a main subject (2009-)
Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music Pedagogical Institute - teacher of cello as a main subject and methodology (2001-2004)
Concert appearances as a soloist:
Regular appearances at Hungarian Radio concerts in collaboration with pianists Melinda Bozay, Klára Körmendi, Zsuzsa Kollár and Anna Granik (1994)
Schumann's cello concerto accompanied by the Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra, conductor: László Kovács (1998)
Richard Strauss's Don Quixote accompanied by the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok, conductor: Gábor Hollerung, in the Great Hall of the Music Academy (2001)
Bach's six cello suites and three sonatas for viola da gamba in collaboration with cellist Endre Balog and organist Szilvia Papp, with sand animation by István Schaller, Nádor Hall, Budapest (2004)
Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme accompanied by the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor: Kálmán Szennai, salon of the Monor Vigadó (2007)
Dvorák Marathon, Rondo in G minor, accompanied by the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra - conductor: János Kovács, Müpa Budapest, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall (2009)
String quartet activities:
Concerts on Hungarian Radio, both independent and in collaboration with pianists Jenő Jandó, Imre Rohmann and Endre Hegedűs (1998 -)
Concerts in Austria, France, Poland and Slovenia (1998 -)
Concerts in Mexico (2003, 2004)
Concert series in the salon of Budapest's Andrássy University, sponsored by the National Cultural Fund (2007)
Discography:
Somogyi String Quartet recordings on the HUNGAROTON labels on albums of composers Attila Bozay, László Dubrovay and M. William Karlins (HCD32037, HCD32274)