Tihamér Hlavacsek, pianist has been pursuing doctoral studies at the Royal College of Music London, supported by the Robert McFadzean Whyte Award.
He made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 2003, where his playing was compared to the young Emil Gilels’. He has performed in major cities in Europe, USA and Asia: Vienna, Rome, Milan, Munich, Boston, Washington, Budapest, Bucharest, Delhi, Mumbai, in the world's most prominent concert halls, such as Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Chatelet Theater (Paris), and among others.
Mr. Hlavacsek was awarded ’Outstanding Young Artist of the Year’ by Gramofon in 2006. The first volume of his ’World Premiere’ recording cycle of the complete piano works of Karl Goldmark (Hungaroton Classics) was also nominated for ’best solo recording’ award at MIDEM, Cannes in 2007.
Mr. Hlavacsek was soloist of the concert tour in Germany, ’EuropaMusicale’ celebrating the European Union in 2004. He performed with great success in Euro Musica Vitae 2000 television festival, to which he was elected as one of only two pianists from Europe. He gave an all - Liszt recital at the prestigious Budapest Spring Festival in 2007. Mr. Hlavacsek also appeared in major festivals such as ’Hungarian Season’ in Berlin, Como Autumn Festival, European Piano Forum, Cliburn Piano Institute, Fazioli Piano Festival, Savaria Interforum, Budapest Music Weeks and Eastern Piano Festival, the leaders and permanent soloists of which are Adrienne Hauser and Zoltan Kocsis.
Zoltan Kocsis invited him to the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1997. Mr. Hlavacsek also performed with the Philharmonia Society Orchestra, Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra, Danubia Orchestra, and Symphonic Orchestra of Liszt Academy among others, and collaborated with such conductors as Peter Csaba, Izaki Masahiro, Domonkos Heja and György Györivanyi-Rath.
Mr Hlavacsek is first prize-winner of national and international piano competitions, including Andor Földes, Gandolfi, and Trieste (Italy). He made his first solo CD in Rome as the winner of the Trieste Competition. He has been Soloist of the Hungarian Radio since 1998 and recipient of the prestigious Annie Fischer Scholarship from 2006 to 2008 as well as the featured Young Artist of Jacobi Concert by winning its competition in 2002.
He was a featured guest of Hungarian Radio's Artist of the Week, From Europe’s Concert Halls, Bravissimo and Music with Words portrait programmes. His recording are regularly broadcasted on Europian radio channels. He was chosen to perform on the CD issued on the 125th Anniversary of Liszt Academy of Music featuring performances of its most outstanding students: ’This selection reflects the present, that is the pledge, the reserve of the future and has, just like the past, long-lasting values.’
As an outstanding young artist, Mr Hlavacsek was invited to participate in the documentary films ’The Hungarian Touch’ by Darvas and ’120 years of the Hungarian Piano Playing from Liszt to Now’.
He studied at Béla Bartók Conservatory with Zoltán Benkő, received the MM with Honours from Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, as a student of Sándor Falvai and Sándor Devich; and from Yale University School of Music in the renowned pianist, Peter Frankl's class, supported by the Solti Foundation and the Hungarian State Eötvös Scholarship. Mr. Hlavacsek was a recipient of the Doctoral Fellowship as the Teaching Assistant in Piano at Shenandoah University in Virginia, USA between 2009 and 2011.
Mr. Hlavacsek has studied in such world-class pianists' masterclasses as András Schiff, Zoltán Kocsis, Ferenc Rados, Dmitri Bashkirov, Boris Berman, Claude Frank, Lev Naumov, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Joseph Kalichstein, Brigitte Engerer, Menahem Pressler and John O'Conor.