Levente Puskas

He was born in 1972 in Budapest. He was 7 years old when he started learning piano and 11 years old, when started clarinet.

From 1990 to 1993 he studied clarinet  at St. Stephan Conservatoire, Budapest and he was the solo clarinet player in  the St. Stephan Symphony 

From 1993 to 1998 he studied clarinet at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, where his teacher was prof. Tibor Dittrich. He graduated in 1998 as a clarinet and chamber music artist and clarinet teacher.

In 1994 he won second prize at the  „Young Artist Competition „ in Chicago.

In 1995 he established with three fellow musicians the Budapest Saxophone Quartet. With this ensemble he won six prizes at national and international competitions (1995. and 1996. Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Chamber Music Competition - I. Prize, 1996. International Chamber Music Competition Osaka,Japan – Special Prize, 1997. International Chamber Music Competition Trapani, Italy – IV.Prize, 1998. International Chamber Music Competition Caltanisetta, Italy – III.Prize, 2000. Gustav Bumcke Wettbewerb Dortmund, Germany – II.Prize)

Between 2002 and 2004 he studied chamber music along with the Budapest Saxophone Quartet at the CNSMDP in Paris (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Dance de Paris) under the guidance of prof. László Hadady.

In the year 2006/2007 he also obtained a degree as a saxophone performer and teacher from Conservatoire National de Musique et de Dance ,Montreuil under the guidance prof. Jean-Pierre Baraglioli.

He participated in several master courses (Michiel Oldenkamp – Netherland, Eugéne Rousseau – USA, Thomas Friedli – Suisse, Oto Vrhovnik – Austria) and with the quartet he represented the hungarian saxophonists at the World Congress organized in Montreal (Canada) 2000 and in Minneapolis (USA)  2003.

He worked with numerous world famous artists:

Zoltán Kocsis, Iván Fischer, Ádám Fischer, Andrea Rost, Heinz Holliger, Marek Janowski, Leonidas Kavakos, Vadim Gluzman, Aldo Ceccato, Alexander Vedernikov, György Vukán, Gergely Vajda, Christian Wirth, Lars Mlekusch, Mario Giovannelli, etc.

    From 2000 he teach saxophone in the Béni Egressy Conservatoire, Budapest and from 2006 in the Music Faculty in the University of Debrecen.

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