The most outstanding young performers of musical art have received the recognition of the Hungarian Musical Art Category of the Junior Prima Award for the 11th time. MVM Hungarian Electricity Ltd. has given awards to ten Hungarian talents this year as well.
On the basis of the decision of the jury comprising key players in Hungarian musical art, composer Máté Balogh; cellist Benedek Dolfin; pianists Balázs Demény, Benedek Horváth and Gergely Kovács; trumpeter Mihály Könyves-Tóth; bass and bass-baritone opera singer Bence Pataki; jazz pianist Mário Rafael; conductor Martin Rajna; and cellist Máté Milán Tomasz received the award accompanied by a grant of HUF 2 million per person in the Hungarian Musical Art Category of the Junior Prima Award.
‘The Junior Prima Award is one of the most prominent causes of concern for society shared by the MVM Group. It is hardly a surprise that we could hand over the recognition and the financial support associated with it to more than a hundred extremely talented young musical artists in the past decade. Many of them are recognised participants in international musical life today. We know that supporting talents is the best investment, and the results so far have confirmed our efforts to the maximum extent,’ said György Kóbor, Chairman and CEO of MVM Ltd.
The members of the jury for the Junior Prima Award are selected from the leading personalities of the profession. The President of the Jury is Dr Andrea Vigh, harp artist, holder of the Liszt and Prima Awards, and Rector of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. In addition to her, the body has to the following members: Éva Marton, opera singer, holder of the Prima Primissima, Kossuth and St. Stephen’s Order Awards, and Artist of the Nation; Tamás Vásáry, pianist, holder of the Kossuth and St. Stephen’s Order Award, and Artist of the Nation; Miklós Szenthelyi, violinist, holder of the Kossuth and Liszt Awards, and professor at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music; Kálmán Dráfi, pianist, holder of the Liszt Award and Head of the Piano Department of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music; Gyula Fekete, composer, holder of the Erkel Award and Head of Composition Department of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music; Károly Binder, pianist, holder of the Erkel Award and Head of the Jazz Department of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music; Gábor Boldoczki, trumpeter, holder of the Liszt and Junior Prima Awards, and Associate Professor at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music; Balázs Fülei, pianist, holder of the Liszt and Junior Prima Awards, and Head of the Chamber Music Department of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music; János Balázs, pianist, holder of the Liszt, Prima and Junior Prima Awards, and Merited Artist; and László Jakobi, violoncellist and concert director holding the Cziffra Lifetime Achievement Award.
‘The jury is getting into an increasingly difficult situation in selecting the award winners year after year. At the same time, this shows us that this country is incredibly rich in young talents and there is a very large new generation of musical artists in Hungary. Our previous award winners are considered outstanding artists not only in Hungary, but also abroad; they fill the world’s most renowned concert halls with music. We can clearly state that Hungarian musical art represents the highest standard also in terms of new generations,’ added Dr Andrea Vigh, President of the Jury.