Tamás Pálfalvi


Photo: Dominik Odenkirchen


25-year old Hungarian Tamás Pálfalvi already stands out as one of the most visionary and innovative trumpet players of today.

His enormous virtuosity, stage presence and extraordinary musical concept won him first place at the Fanny-Mendelssohn-Förderpreis, a German competition that was created to reward not only the performance of young musicians, but also their conceptual skills and creativity. Additionally he was awarded with the WEMAG Soloist Award at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Born in Hungary in 1991, Tamás Pálfalvi took up trumpet lessons with István Szabó at the age of 8 and joined the Leó Weiner Conservatory of Music in Budapest in 2005, where he studied under Gábor Huszár. In 2009, he was awarded a scholarship for Bard College in New York, where he studied unter Carl Albach until 2012. He then returned to Budapest to study at Franz Liszt Music Academy under Gábor Boldoczki, where he received his Master’s degree in May 2016.

In season 2016/2017 Tamás Pálfalvi performed with Los Angeles Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko at Hollywood Bowl, KKL Lucerne, Switzerland, Al Bustan Festival, Lebanon, Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival Warsaw, Poland and together with Camerata Salzburg at Rheingau Musik Festival, Germany.

His debut CD Agitato, accompanied by the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and released in September 2015 by Berlin Classics, is further reference of his versatility. Works by Vivaldi, Telemann and Händel are effortlessly intertwined with contemporary works by Ligeti, Kagel and Dubrovay. The CD was met with rave reviews internationally such as Bayerische Rundfunk listing it as CD of the Month and Norddeutsche Rundfunk as CD of the Week.


Tamás Pálfalvi was nominated as an ECHO Rising Star by Müpa Budapest

Performance dates

04.10.2017 – 8:15 pm
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam

03.11.2017 – 8 pm
Müpa Budapest

05.11.2017 – 2 pm
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

16.12.2017 – 5 pm
Konzerthaus Dortmund

11.01.2018 – 7:30 pm
Wiener Konzerthaus

14.01.2018 – 4 pm
Kölner Philhamonie

15.01.2018 – 7:30 pm
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

23.01.2018 – 8 pm
Bozar Brussels

Sage Gateshead

11.02.2018 – 11 am
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon

26.02.2018 – 7:30 pm
Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham

06.03.2018 – 8 pm
Philharmonie Luxembourg

25.03.2018 – 3 pm
Stockholms Konserthus

06.04.2018 – 8 pm
L’Auditori Barcelona

04.05.2018 – 1 pm
Barbican Centre London

Casa da Música Porto