János Pilz


He graduated from Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music with an artist degree in violin as the student of Dénes Kovács’s, then he was the concertmaster of the Hungarian State Concert Orchestra for almost two years. In 1986 he won the first prize at the Hubay and in 1988 at the Zathureczky Violin Competitions. Between 1987 and 2010, as a member of the Keller String Quartet he appeared in the largest concert halls of Europe and America.

In 1995 his quartet was awarded the Liszt Award and many of their album recordings (Erato, ECM) won significant international awards (Midem Classical Award, Diapasond’Or). 2002 his album shared with András Keller was released by ECM with Bartók’s 44 duos recorded on it. Starting from that year, he was the first violinist of the Pulse String Quartet for 16 years.

Since 2010 he has been playing in the Budapest Festival Orchestra regularly as principal violinist. The Budapest Strings Chamber orchestra invited him to be their concert master in 2012.