Tutors of the Course

Miklós Birta - jazz guitar performer artist


He is regarded as the most prominent guitar player by his trade. After graduating from Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, he has worked with several bands but also as a studio musician and has gone on to continue his education first in Florida and in 1999 in New York.


During his career he has done several tours within Hungary but also New York, Florida, Germany, Poland, England, Latvia, Slovakia, Romania, Italy, Austria and the Ukraine.


On national level and in Poland he has performed in Vasvári Pál's productions, for concerts and albums alike, together with Mike Stern (USA), Dave Samuels (USA), Paco Servey (FR), and has collaborated with Gary Willis (USA) within the solo project of Szendőfi Péter. In addition to that, he also performed alongside Mike Manieri (USA) in the band called Nalanda. He has also recorded his own songs for albums and played them during concerts in Poland with Bill Evans (USA), Eric Marienthal (USA), Steve Logan (USA), Cris Zawadzki (PL), Bernard Maseli (PL). In 2007 he has toured with the R'n'B Bop trio featuring the bass guitar player Jeff Andrews (USA) and Krzysztof Zawadzki-drums (PL).



István Baló - jazz drum performer artist


He started playing the flute in elementary school and at 12 years set his heart upon the drums. His first teacher was Bor Kálmán but the most important influence on his development was the legendary Kovács Gyula who mentored him for ten years. He continued his studies at the Jazz department within the Vocational School for Music which at the time represented the highest degree of education within the field. After graduation he performed alongside the group Interbass founded by Regős István and went on to work with the band called Dimenzió and Binder Q.


At present he is an active member of the Dresch Q. band that has been entertaining the public at famous clubs and festivals like Jazz & Wine Festival (Italy), Jazzebre Festival (France), London Jazz Festival (England), a JazzFest Wien (Austria), Kalisz Festival (Poland), New Morning (France) or Jazz Brugge (Belgium). In addition to that, they have performed twice in Avignon, and occasionally in Bordeaux, Ljubljana, Taiwan, Peking, Tibet and within the Hungarian Cultural Season in India.


The group releases a CD every year or two and their albums entitled "Élő nád"and "Árgyélus" have won the Best Jazz Album of the Year award.


The band called Borbély Műhely, of which he is also a member, has been awarded the Best Jazz Band of the Year award in 2004 by eMeRTon. Their first album called "Meselia Hill"  was released in 2005 in collaboration with BMC Records which has subsequently been voted the Best Jazz Album of the Year by critics of the most famous national trade journal, the Gramofon. Their most talked-about performance abroad is represented by their two consecutive performances at the Mexican Festival in Mexico City.


He has also had the unique opportunity to perform and record alongside legendary artists like the saxophone player David Murray (they have won the Concert of the Year award for their performance at the Mediawave festival in Győr), Dewey Redman and Archie Shepp saxophone players as well as Chico Freeman and John Tchicai.


In addition to the bands and experienced artists named above, he is also working with the more famous members of the younger generation of musicians like Barcza Horváth József, Bacsó Kristóf, Szandai Mátyás, Szabó Dániel, Zana Zoltán.



János Hámori - trumpet player, educator, arranger and composer


Professor at the Liszt Academy of Music and the Kodolányi János University College, teacher at Hermann László Music School, teaching jazz trumpet, arranging and orchestration.


He’s started his music carrier with the Youth Windband of Székesféhérvár in 1987. His own group called Corpus Brass Quartet won first prize of the Hungarian Chamber Music Festival in 1996.


Soloist, arranger and composer of the Budapest Jazz Orchestra from the beginning, 1998 to 2013.


He was a member of an international big band called European Broadcast Union Jazz Orchestra in 2002 in Budapest – Hungary, and in 2003 in Istambul – Turkey. In 2004 he toured with the Swinging Europe – the European Jazz Youth Orchestra from Denmark to Brasil. 2004-2007 he had the soloist chair in the Hungarian Borderguard Big Band.


In 2011 the Advisory Board of Artisjus Foundation awarded János Hámori the ARTISJUS-prize for his outstanding activity in the field of performing contemporary Hungarian compositions.



Barnabás Pély - jazz song performer


He begins his musical education studying classical violin and jazz song during his years in secondary school and is consequently admitted for studies to the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music where he ultimately graduates from the jazz singer department in 2000. During the same year he begins teaching at Dr. Lauschmann Gyula Vocational School for Music and Jazz in Székesfehérvár.


In 1998 he wins the national TV2 television channel's talent scout program. He is a permanent member of the band United. In 2001 the band wins the Music Union's prize for best band as well as the Golden Giraffe Award for the best pop album. Also in 2001, he is awarded the Jakab-líra Prize for his best ballad (composers: Rományi Áron, Pély Barna).


Between 2003 and 2006 he is a regular jury member of the TV2 channel's Megastar contest.