Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1997, Mihály Berecz began studying the violin at the age of six at the Szent István Király Zeneművészeti Szakközépiskola in Budapest. Whilst continuing to play violin in orchestras, three years later he chose to devote his studies to the piano with Edit Major and Erzsébet Belák. Mihály is currently a second-year undergraduate at London’s Royal Academy of Music studying with Hamish Milne and Joanna MacGregor.
As winner of the Debut Berlin International Concerto Competition in 2017, Mihály made his debut at the Philarmonie, Berlin in June 2017 with the German National Orchestra. Mihály’s previous awards include gold prize in the II. Manhattan International Music Competition and the Harriet Cohen Bach Prize at the Royal Academy of Music. His performance of Liszt’s Hungarian Fantasy at the Konzerthaus, Berlin, in the 2013 Young Euro Classic Festival led to an invitation from Tamás Vásáry to give several performances at the Hungarian State Opera including a recital at the Opera Ball. Moreover, at the invitation of Zoltán Kocsis, Mihály made his debut at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in 2013 in a performance of Ravel’s Concerto in G Major which was broadcast live by the Bartók Radio. He received critical acclaim for his performances of this work in 2016 as did his performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 at the Franz Liszt Academy later that year.
Having regularly featured in the ‘Beethoven in Buda’ Festivals, Mihály combined his love of Beethoven with an interest in historically influenced performance in a concert of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 and Mozart’s Concerto K 456 on an Anton Walter fortepiano-copy with the Orfeo Orchestra and György Vashegyi at the Eszterházy Palace in Fertőd.
He has participated in masterclasses with distinguished pianists and other musicians including Imogen Cooper, Pascal Devoyon, Ian Fountain, Tamás Vásáry, Malcolm Bilson, Adrian Brendel and Bengt Forsberg.
Musicians’ Company Prize: Harriet Cohen Bach Prize 2018
Page Updated: May 2018