István Csurgay is a violoncellist and conductor with more then 30 years of experience teaching music. Currently he is a professor at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary where he joined the violoncello department in 1970.
Among other experiences, Mr. Csurgay acted as visiting professor at the University of Music in Helsinki, Finland and has performed and taught masters classes internationally throughout Europe and Japan.
As a member of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra since (Budapest Symphony Orchestra) 1964, he performed over 1200 concerts from America to New Zealand and acted as principal cellist from 1975 to 2005.
Among the numerous prizes won by Mr. Csurgay at competitions, three of the most ones have been:
Special Award at the Pablo Casals International Violoncello Competition in 1940
Second Prize at the National Violoncello Competition in 1959
First Prize at the Weiner Leo National Chamber Music Competition in 1962
Mr. Csurgay is a member of the Szécsi string-quartet, the Musica Viva baroque chamber orchestra, the Hungarian Radio Chamber Orchestra, and a founding member of the Ponticello Violoncello Orchestra.
He received his diploma with distinction at the Franz Liszt Academy in 1964, studying with professors Tibor Kálmán and Antal Friss.
Additionally, he was the recipient of the a scholarship at the Csajkovszki Conservatoire in Moscow where he studied under Msztyiszlav Rostropovics.