Master of Music (Budapest), DSCM (Syd), AMusA
Examiner Number: 385
Erzsi is a graduate of Sydney Conservatorium, and the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest. In Hungary, Erzsi gained her Masters Degree in piano performance and pedagogy, studying as a full scholarship holder of the Hungarian government. After six years of study in Budapest, Erzsi completed a year of postgraduate study at Cincinnati University, as pianist of the Budapest Trio, and recipient of the Friedlander Fellowship, a highly prestigious grant awarded very infrequently by the LaSalle Quartet.
As a pianist. Erzsi has had an international performing and recording career with the Budapest Trio and other ensembles including Flederman, with whom Erzsi performed at the London Proms and other festivals in England and Finland. Having recorded the complete piano chamber music by Johannes Brahms, as well as many pieces from the cello–piano and two-piano repertoire, Erzsi has often performed live studio broadcasts as well as festival performances.
While at Sydney Conservatorium, Erzsi worked in the Opera School, training as a repetiteur, conductor and accompanist. Erzsi has worked for Opera Australia as repetiteur, and orchestral pianist for productions such as Wozzeck and Tosca. Many young choristers trained by Erzsi have won auditions for the children’s chorus of OA and have performed in a variety of Australian opera productions. As a conductor, Erzsi has been on the staff of Knox Grammar School since 2003, as a director of the school’s well known choirs: the Gallery Choir (SATB boys choir), Voicemale from Knox (TTBB choir) and Kappella Chamber Choir. In 2011 Erzsi conducted the largest classical project at Knox Grammar School, the performance of the Messiah in 2011, in conjunction with Pymble Ladies’ College. Other large projects include the Gallery Choir tour to Europe in 2012, a very successful performance tour of Austria and Hungary, performances such as the Mozart Requiem at the Sydney Opera House, Festivals of Boys’ Voices at Knox Grammar School, and national and regional choir tours. The Gallery Choir has collaborated with the Sydney Youth Orchestra, the Hungarian Radio Children’s Choir and other national and international choirs.
Erzsi has considerable experience as a senior AMEB examiner. Her expertise as competition/eisteddfod adjudicator, lecturer, (conferences and professional development seminars), vocal coach, piano consultant, accompanist and recording artist, is frequently called upon. In 2012 Erzsi coached the 2012 winner of the Piano Section of the ABC Young Performer of the Year Award.
During her studies at the Liszt Academy, Erzsi undertook extensive ensemble and chamber music study, and large components of her international professional experience are in the areas of ensemble playing. For the six years of study in Budapest, Erzsi was fortunate to secure a highly competitive place in the classes of the renowned composer György Kurtág and legendary Hungarian pianist Ferenc Rados, both tutors to many world famous ensembles and performers (including the Takács Quartet, pianists Zoltán Kocsis, András Schiff and many others). It was these teachers to whom Erzsi owes much of her professional expertise and certainly her selection for the scholarship to study in the USA. Erzsi tutors chamber music at both tertiary and high school levels and is very interested in ensemble development, both instrumental and choral.