Benedek Horváth

Benedek Horváth, born in 1989 into a family of musicians, was raised in Budapest. He started playing the violin at the age of five, deciding half a year later to continue merely with the piano.

As a student of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, he has studied with Andràs Kemenes, Rita Wagner and Márta Gulyás. Currently at Basel Music Academy, he has completed his studies of Specialized Performance with Prof. Claudio Martínez Mehner. Numerous renowned artists have further contributed to his artistic development, such as András Schiff, Dimitri Bashkirov, Menahem Pressler and Ferenc Rados, Zoltán Kocsis.

Benedek is a laureate of the highly regarded Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition (Santander 2012) and recent winner of the Kiefer Hablitzel Competition (Bern). His artistic talent has also been recognized trough various prizes and awards at competitions abroad, like in Hungary (1st Prize Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition, 3rd Prize Béla Bartók International Piano Competition, “Grand Prize” György Ferenczy Chopin Piano Competition) and many more.

With his trio Trio Eclipse he was a prize winner of the Orpheus Chamber Music Competition, Bern. Their concerts in Switzerland were broadcasted several times on Swiss Radio SRF2. They got invited for the world renowned Lucerne Festival in 2019.

Some of the pianist’s highlights included Mozart’s Piano Concerto K459 in Tonhalle Zurich, under Theodor Guschlbauer and Musikkollegium Winterthur, as well as Liszt’s “Totentanz” in Stadtcasino Basel with the Basel Symphony Orchestra.

Performing as a soloist, Benedek has worked together with the Montenegro Symphony Orchestra, the Real Filharmonía of Galicia, the Szeged Symphony Orchestra and more. His recitals have led him to various European cities.

As a passionate chamber music player, he has performed at the Cully Classique Festival, Santander Festival and with the Cosmofonia Ensemble in the Hans-Huber Saal of Stadtcasino Basel – apart from other venues in Switzerland. Furthermore, chamber music highlights include playing with internationally renowned Casals String Quartet and Zakar Bron.

At the age of 13, Benedek recorded his first CD with the MATAV Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, he recorded a solo program for the French label Artalinna, including works of Franz Liszt and Béla Bartók. Benedek is going to record his second solo CD this year with works Janacek, Bartók and György Kurtág.


The board of trustees of the Rahn Kulturfonds meets twice a year and will consider all fully completed applications received.

Next board meetings:
April 28, 2020
September 24, 2020

The Rahn Kulturfonds supports requests regarding a contribution to the performance fees if:

  • it is a project with or by Rahn Kulturfonds prize winners.
  • it is a project with Rahn Kulturfonds scholarship holders.

The Rahn Kulturfonds supports its prize winners and scholarship holders during four years after receiving the award.

For the meeting on April 28, 2020, please hand in your complete application no later than April 5, 2020 by email or by filling out the following form.

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    Benedek Horváth



    1. Prize Rahn Musikpreis 2016